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The traditional Indian medicine market heats up (Part 2)

Modern consumer companies also introduce the familiar “home remedy” and turn to packaged products like turmeric milk and basil drip.

Mother Dairy, the producer of milk, said there was a tremendous demand from consumers for turmeric milk for children that had just recently been launched.

“Demand is so high, we are stepping up production and distribution. Health and immune products are a new phenomenon,” said Sanjay Sharma, Mother Dairy’s product manager. offers consumer preventive health care at a very affordable price.

According to Philipe Haydon, chief executive of Himalaya Pharmaceutical Company, a major manufacturer of herbal medicines and creams, demand for health care and immune products is 10 times higher than before the pandemic. However, these alternative treatments have sparked controversy over the counter-scientific claim that a “cure” Covid-19 has been found.

Although there is no scientific evidence, many politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, support a way to “cure” the virus with cow dung and urine.

In June, the AYUSH ministry asked yoga tycoon Ramdev, who turned his Patanjali company into one of India’s most famous brands, to stop marketing the “Coronil herbal” remedy he invented as a treatment.

The Indian Medical Association also called on the Minister of Health, to provide evidence that ayurveda and yoga are effective in treating nCoV.

Anand Krishnan, professor of community medicine at the All-India Institute of Health Sciences in New Delhi, said: “No one has given concrete protection against Covid-19. social measures, wearing a mask and hand washing are required.

The number of Covid-19 infections in India has exceeded 8 million, the second highest globally after the US, of which more than 120,000 people died. The pandemic has raised concerns about the “fragility” of the Indian health care system. Besides, experts suspect that the number of cases and deaths is much higher than the official report due to lack of rigorous testing and reporting.

Authorities are preparing for a new round of Covid-19 following the Diwali lamp festival, India’s most important religious festival on November 14.

The strict ban in place in March was gradually eased as the government sought to restart the economy in the face of millions of people losing their jobs. However, experts believe this causes the spread of Covid-19.

New Delhi recorded 5,000 new cases on October 28, the highest daily number since the pandemic broke out. Officials have warned the capital could record more than 10,000 cases per day in the next round.

Randeep Guleria, director of the All-India Institute of Health Sciences, warned that if infections continue to mount, the country’s fragile health-care system “will be really tense.”

Experts warned that Diwali gatherings, colder temperatures and a pollution crisis in winter each year could exacerbate the Covid-19 epidemic in New Delhi.

Authorities are also worried about the southern state of Kerala and eastern West Bengal, which have seen a worrying increase in the number of cases. India’s worst-hit financial capital Mumbai, with more than 250,000 infections and more than 10,000 deaths, is increasing by about 2,000 a day.