Described by experts as a ray of hope in the time of pandemic, the polyherbal drug AYUSH- 64 originally developed in 1980 for treatment of Malaria, is now repurposed for Covid 19.
The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences recently held extensive clinical trials of the drug in collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, research organizations and medical colleges across the country.
The trials showed AYUSH 64 has notable antiviral, immune-modulator and antipyretic properties, an official statement said. The drug was found useful in the treatment of asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 infection.
What is Ayush-64
Ayush-64 is an Ayurvedic formulation, developed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, the apex body for research in Avurveda. The in-silico study done on Ayush 64 showed 35 out of 36 of its Phyto-constituents have high binding affinity against Covid 19 virus. The formulation has also shown very promising results in Influenza like illness. With scientific evidence generated from clinical studies across India, Ayush Identified as a potential adjunct to standard care in the management of asymptomatic, mild and moderate Covid 19 to improve the clinical recovery and quality of life.
Who can take Ayush-64?
Patients at any stage of Covid -19 disease can take the drug. The drug’s efficacy was scientifically studied in asymptomatic, mild and moderate disease without risk factors for poor outcome and those not requiring emergency intervention or hospitalisation. Patients of mild to moderate COVID-19 cases showing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms like fever, malaise, body ache, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, headache and asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 can start taking Ayush 64 within seven days of diagnosis of the disease through RT-PCR for better outcome.
Why should I take Ayush-64?
Avush-64 is found to significantly enhance the speed of clinical recovery in terms of disease symptoms and severity. It also has significant beneficial effects on general health, fatigue, anxiety, stress, appetite, general wellbeing and sleep.
Is efficacy on COVID 19 scientifically proven?
Scientifically established to be useful in the treatment of asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 infection as an adjunct to standard care through robust clinical trials conducted in the country.
The dose for asymptomatic COVID 19 case is 2 tablets of 500 mg twice daily one hour after meals with warm water for 14 days. The dose for mild to moderate cases is 2 tablets of 500 mg thrice daily one hour after meals with warm water for 14 days.
Side effects of Ayush-64
Loose motions can occur in some patients
Can Ayush-64 be taken as prophylactic medicine also?
It may be used for prophylaxis also in a dose of 2 tablets of 500 mg twice daily. But its efficacy as a prophylactic agent has not been demonstrated through clinical studies. But if a person is exposed to a COVID-19 case, Ayush-64 can be taken when symptoms appear. In such instances, the person should get tested for COVID-19 through Rio or Rapid antigen test and should follow SoC.
Should Ayush-64 be taken as standalone treatment in mild cases?
It can be taken as a standalone treatment in mild cases under the supervision of Ayurvedic physician. However, it is advised that Avush64 should be taken as adjunct to the SOC in moderate disease, when the patient is under home isolation.
For how many days should Ayush-64 be taken?
Minimum period of 14 days. If required, it can be taken up to 12 weeks as per the advice of a qualified Ayush practitioner. It has been scientifically proven to be safe up to 12 weeks, through clinical studies.
- Is Ayush-64 safe, if taken after vaccination?
Yes. If a person gets infected even after vaccination, Ayush-64 can be taken within 7 days of testing RT-PCR positive in consultation with an Ayush Physician.
Is it safe in pregnant and lactating women?
The safety of Ayush-64 in cases pregnant and lactating women not established through scientific studies
What guidelines should I follow while taking Avush-64?
No special precautions. However, one must follow all Covid -19 guidelines by Ministry of Ayush and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.