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Short Communication
COVID-19 pandemic: A pragmatic plan for ayurveda intervention
Sanjeev Rastogi
a
,
*
, Deep Narayan Pandey
b
, Ram Harsh Singh
c
a
Dept of Kaya Chikitsa, State Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Lucknow, 226003, India
b
Department of Environment/Forests, Government of Rajasthan, Secretariat, Jaipur, 302005, Rajasthan, India
c
Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 221005, India
article info
Article history:
Received 30 March 2020
Received in revised form
16 April 2020
Accepted 18 April 2020
Available online xxx
Keywords:
COVID-19
Pandemic
SARS-CoV-2
Traditional Medicine
Ayurveda
TCM
abstract
World community is facing an unprecedented pandemic of novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) caused
by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV- 2). The disease has spread globally
with more than 1.43 million conrmed cases and 82,100 deaths as of April 8, 2020. Despite worldwide
efforts to contain it, the pandemic is continuing to spread for want of a clinically-proven prophylaxis and
therapeutic strategy. The dimensions of pandemic require an urgent harnessing of all knowledge systems
available globally. Utilization of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Wuhan to treat COVID-19 cases sets the
example demonstrating that traditional health care can contribute to treatment of these patients suc-
cessfully. Drawing on the Ayurveda classics, contemporary scientic studies, and experiential knowledge
on similar clinical settings, here we propose a pragmatic plan for intervention in India. We provide a plan
for graded response, depending on the stage of infection among individuals, in a population. Notwith-
standing the fact that no system of medicine has any evidence-based treatment for COVID-19 as yet,
clinical interventions are required to be put in place. Therefore, pragmatic strategy proposed here for
Ayurveda system of medicine requires immediate implementation. It will facilitate learning, generate
evidence and shall be a way forward.
©2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Institute of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences
and Technology and World Ayurveda Foundation. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND
license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
1. Background
An outbreak of pneumonia in December, 2019 in Wuhan, China,
has now been determined to be caused by a novel coronavirus. It is
named as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-
CoV-2) [1,2]. The disease has since spread to 185 countries and
regions, with more than 2.06 million conrmed cases and more
than 1,34,354 deaths as of April 16, 2020 [3]. Despite worldwide
efforts to contain it, the pandemic is continuing to spread for want
of a clinically-proven prophylaxis and therapeutic strategy [4].
Consequently, it is necessary that scientic community must draw
on pluralistic knowledge systems available globally. Drawing on the
original Ayurveda classics, contemporary scientic studies, and our
experiential knowledge on similar clinical settings, here we pro-
pose a pragmatic plan for interventions. We provide a graded
response depending on the stage of infection and proximity with
disease among individuals in a population. Notwithstanding the
fact that no system of medicine has any evidence-based treatment
for COVID-19 as yet, clinical interventions are being done world-
wide. Similar strategy is required to be implemented by Ayurveda
system of medicine. Ayurveda interventions become even more
relevant by the fact that there is an elaborate description of
causation and management of epidemic (Janapadodhwamsa)in
Ayurveda [5].
While the disease is almost controlled in China [6], it is still
widespread in Europe and US which have emerged as the new
epicentres of the COVID-19 [7,8]. There are various reasons for the
containment of the disease in China, yet the evidence of role played
by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) cannot be overlooked [9,10].
This is now known that during the peak days of the epidemic, over
3100 TCM related workforce had been deployed to Hubei province
[9]. TCM was ofcially included in the Chinese Guideline on diag-
nosis and treatment of COVID-19 [11]. This is exceptionally
important to note that specic TCM wards were set up, and
designated hospital were established which had used a variety of
Chinese medicines utilising their own principle of syndrome dif-
ferentiation in conjunction with treatment employing western
medicine. Total numbers of conrmed cases treated by TCM are
reported to be at least 60,107 [12].
*Corresponding author.
Peer review under responsibility of Transdisciplinary University, Bangalore.
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an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine xxx (xxxx) xxx
Please cite this article as: Rastogi S et al., COVID-19 pandemic: A pragmatic plan for ayurveda intervention, J Ayurveda Integr Med, https://
doi.org/10.1016/j.jaim.2020.04.002
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