Natural treatment for Covid? Study stirs pot

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An interim report on a clinical trial being conducted in three Indian hospitals has apparently shown that Covid-19 patients on two natural treatments are resolving most symptoms earlier than those on conventional medicines.

The interim report on combination treatment of an Ayurvedic remedy called Immunofree by Corival Life Sciences, and Nutraceutical called Reginmune by Biogetica have shown better results than the present government SOP of conventional medicines for coronavirus treatment, the companies have claimed.

Immunofree and Reginmune are being studied in a Clinical Trials Registry India-approved trial being conducted on moderate Covid-19 patients at the Government Medical Hospital in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, the Parul Sevashram Hospital, in Vadodara, Gujarat, and the Lokmanya Hospital Pune in Maharashtra.

Half the patients in the trial have been given only natural treatment, which is being compared against the conventional treatment in use in India for Covid-19 patients.

The conventional treatment in use depends on the severity of the patient and includes HCQ, Azithromycin, Favipiravir and Cetirizine.

None of the patients on the natural treatment progressed past moderate, needed ventilators or had any adverse events, the companies said.

Most remedies in use for Covid-19 are repurposed anti-malaria and anti-viral drugs not made specifically for this new virus that presents itself in ways no virus ever has,” Biogetica founder Apurve Mehra said.

We are fortunate to have gotten approval for a very specific remedy that is now showing these startling results beyond our own expectations. It is a matter of great pride for India that our ancient sciences are coming to the forefront with this new empirical evidence and showing the importance of Ayurveda in the pandemic,” he added.

Wockhardt Foundation founder Huzaifa Khorakiwala said: “The results of this study thus far are startling and I hope to see people across the globe helped by this multifaceted natural remedy, which seems to apply to all who are pre-Covid, Covid positive and post-Covid. We are now approaching Ayush [ministry for alternative medicine] and ICMR [Indian Council of Medical Research] to get listed as the first herbal treatment of Covid in India, and look forward to government support in seeing this helping Indians and India.”