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The traditional Indian medicine market heats up (Part 1)

The people of India put their faith in the ayurveda, the traditional method of medicine of the ancient Hindus, amid the tension caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.

Sashi, a housewife, 50 years old, in New Delhi prepares “immune boosting powder” into the water bottle for her family every morning. Not only her, more and more Indians believe in traditional remedies that can prevent a pandemic.

Sashi watched an ad on television that could protect a family from Covid-19 with an ayurveda-based herb created by the yoga master Baba Ramdev. She believes that the advertising on TV is good.

Ayurveda in Sanskrit means “knowledge of life”, is the traditional Indian medicine method. According to Johns Hopkins Myc University, the method begins with the internal purification, followed by a special diet, herbal use, massage therapy, yoga and meditation.

There is no scientific evidence that the ayurvedia method can prevent nCoV infection. Before the outbreak of the epidemic, many Indians believed that natural remedies could cure all illnesses, from the common cold to cancer. The traditional medicine market is currently worth $ 10 billion a year, according to the Indian Industry Federation.

Bhaswati Bhattacharya, a practitioner of the ayurveda method, says the lack of the Covid-19 vaccine and conventional treatments has led people to flock to familiar natural remedies.

Ayurveda recorded in the Indian medical literature about 5,000 years ago, is probably at least double the lifetime. This traditional method was passed down during the plague, smallpox and pandemic. Indians are testing their effectiveness, says Bhaswati Bhattacharya.

In January, the AYUSH Traditional Medicine Ministry (the agency responsible for developing education and research on Ayurveda, Yoga and naturopathy, and therapies Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homeopathy) “offered “Traditional methods can counteract nCoV.

Recently, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan published guidelines for treatment of Covid-19 with ayurveda and yoga for non-symptomatic and mild onset individuals. At chemical stores, ayurveda products are prominently displayed as pharmaceutical drugs.