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Kabasura kudineer, a siddha medicine against COVID-19 infection: scope and future perspective


Abstract

Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM) is defined as medicines which are considered to be of Indian origin or the medicine system which has adapted in to Indian culture. India has unmatched alternative system of medicine in the form of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy, which is now jointly referred to as AYUSH, recognized by the Government of India. Siddha medicine is one of the oldest and well documented medical systems of India. Retrospective studies revealed that Siddha medicines are used for prophylaxis and to treat viral diseases such as chicken pox, mumps, influenza, dengue etc. No specific drug is available till date to combat the rapid spread of COVID19. Further, exploring every possible treatment option will be of greater significance. Siddha medicine such as Kabasura Kudineer is recommended officially by the government for clinical management of viral infections. Data from on-going clinical trials of Kabasura Kudineer for improving the symptoms of COVID-19 are awaited with much interest. Kabasura Kudineer might be potent adjunct therapeutic option in the management of COVID-19.

Keywords

Indian systems of medicine, siddha medicine, kabasura kudineer, COVID-19, ayurveda, yoga, unani, Tragia involucrata, anacyclus pyrethrum, andrographis paniculata, hygrophilla auriculata, terminalia chebula

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