The Indian health ministry has started to recommend traditional Indian remedies in the prevention and treatment of mild cases of Covid-19. These remedies stem from the age-old medical practise of Ayurveda, which employs a holistic approach to well-being involving lifestyle, mental awareness, and herbal treatment.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) released a scathing press release in response, calling these actions:
“a fraud on the nation and gullible patients”
Pointing towards the lack of evidence in support of the efficacy of traditional methods.
The ministry’s interest in traditional medicine is direct a result of the ruling political party’s objective to revive traditional medicine in the country. Since its election in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party has tripled the budget of the the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) to almost $290 million.
In the mean time India’s Covid-19 death toll continues to climb at a current total of 112,161. Thankfully, the daily number of new cases seem to be dropping.