As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the world, the Ministry of AYUSH is recommending the public to use a herbal decoction as an immunity-enhancing measure against the novel coronavirus. The ministry claimed that ‘AYUSH KWATH’ formulation can help boost the immune system, the body’s first line of defense against bacteria and viruses.
The AYUSH ministry, in a letter, directed states and union territories to start commercial production of the herbal formulation claiming that it enhances immunity. The instruction comes amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. AYUSH KWATH is a combination of four medicinal herbs commonly used in every Indian kitchen – basil leaves (tulsi), cinnamon bark (dalchini), Zingiber officinale (sunthi), and krishna marich (Piper nigrum). Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation on lockdown, had recommended the use of alternative medicine as suggested by the AYUSH ministry to boost immunity.
“Considering the importance of immunity-boosting measures in the wake of COVID -19 outbreak, the Ministry of AYUSH intends to promote the use of following ready-made Ayush formulation in the interest of health promotion of the masses, which has been endorsed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister during his address to the nation on the Constitution Day, 14th April 2020,” the ministry said in a letter dated April 24 that has been sent to states and union territories.
The letter also lists the complete recipe for the decoction. It advises the manufacturers to dry the ingredients, make a coarse powder, and put them in sachets or tea bags each of 3 grams of powder or 500 mg tablet of aqueous extract and sell it to the public. The preparation can be consumed like tea or hot drink by dissolving in boiled water.
AYUSH KWATH recipe for immunity: Preparation method and dosage
- Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) leaves – 4 parts
- Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) stem bark – 2 parts
- Sunthi (Zingiber officinale) rhizome – 2 parts
- Krishna Marich (Piper nigrum) fruit – 1 part
- Dissolve 3gm powder (comprising all ingredients) in 150ml hot boiled water
- You can add gud or gur (jaggery)/draksha (resins) and lemon juice to your decoction
According to the ministry, the decoction can be consumed once or twice daily to help strengthen your immunity against COVID-19. The formulation, which may be manufactured and sold in generic name as ‘Ayush Kwath’ or ‘Ayush Kudineer’ or ‘Ayush Joshanda’, is suitable for consuming like tea or hot beverage every day.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has generated global shock waves that have affected almost every aspect of our lives. Worldwide, at least 204,696 people have died due to COVID-19 and more than 2,929,630 cases have been confirmed in 193 countries and territories. But, there’s still no vaccine or drug proven to help treat the respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
(With inputs from timesnownews)