When practitioners of various Ayush systems claim the efficacy of several traditional and herbal drugs to prevent viral diseases and boost the immune system, the Ayurveda wing of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in Andhra Pradesh has developed five ayurvedic drugs, including one hand-washing sanitizer, as preventive to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease as well as to strengthen natural immunity.
The Ayurveda pharmacy division of the TTD has applied for approval to manufacture these drugs at the earliest as each of the drugs has proven its efficacy during the experimental period, sources from the Ayurveda wing informed Pharmabiz.
The authorities have submitted all reports and documentations to the Ayush department of Andhra Pradesh for approval and they hope that permission will be granted very soon.
The medicines developed are ‘Pavithra’, a hand-washing sanitizer, ‘Amrita’, a tablet for internal use to boost immunity, ‘Swasthya Gandoosha Choorna’, a powder form for gargling, ‘Dhoopam’, a medicated incense stick for burning to release smoke to kill germs, and ‘Nimba Nasyam’, an oil to cleanse the nose and throat.
According to the technical officer in the Ayurveda pharmacy, the hand sanitizer is developed by combining camphor, thymol, and menthol along with ‘Kapoor Kachoor’ (curcuma zedoaria), a herbal property. The effectiveness of the product was proven after it was used by the TTD employees. The tablet, Amrita, is a concoction of the herbs, Ashwagandha and Amritavalli.
Sources from the TTD Ayurveda Pharmacy said, at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Devasthanam authorities called a combined meeting of Ayurveda medical professionals of the hospitals and dispensaries, teachers of the Sri Venkateswara Ayurveda College, and medical and technical staffs at the pharmacies to ponder over what TTD can do to contain the viral disease. Ayurveda teachers in the college put a proposal to manufacture certain medicines with ingredients containing antiviral and anti-bacterial properties. As a result, a project was mooted for developing five traditional Ayurveda medicines to prevent coronavirus infection.
“These medicines are purely preventive oriented and their efficacy was already proven among us. We have distributed the medicines to our employees for an experimental basis and were found that they were effective for use. The department has submitted all reports to the Ayush regulatory department of the state government for approval. We are expecting permission from the government very soon,” said a senior officer.
Meanwhile, the OP department at the SV Ayurveda Hospital has started its operation on June 8. Every day 500 patients visit the hospital attached to the medical college for various ailments. The hospital has 200-bed capacities and the treatment is completely free, with accommodation and food for the patient and one stand-by.