ROLE OF INDIAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IN MITIGATING NOVEL CORONA VIRUS EFFECTS.

RAO, SUMANGALA ; G, Krishna Kumar; Shenoy, K B

Abstract

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) with a distinct feature of transmitting debilitating infection from person to person, originated in Wuhan, China, was identified during  December 2019,  has affected many persons in China and spread to other countries in a very short period of time. When the whole world is trying to combat COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by  novel Corona virus, there is urgent need to explore the efficacy of  alternate medicine as preventive measure.  Traditional medicine which boost the immune system may be one of the best and immediate answer to this global health crisis. Although the WHO said: “To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel Coronavirus, several studies explored inhibition of viral replication through medicinal plant extracts.  Myriad herbal remedies, some scientifically supported, are used to treat cold and flu symptoms. Herbs such as tulsi, giloy,  lemon balm, mint and also amla, methi, ginger, turmeric are helpful in strengthening the immune system which is key to fighting the deadly virus. Several  oils and selected  fruits  also increase efficiency of immune system thus protecting the body against viral infections especially against respiratory illnesses.

 


Keyword(s)

Corona virus; COVID 19; Herbal remedies; Immune system; Traditional medicine

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