On Thursday, Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik said that an ayurvedic practitioner from Bengaluru claimed that his formulation cured Prince Charles of Britain of coronavirus infection, PTI reported. “It shows how ayurvedic and homeopathic drugs can help treat coronavirus,” the minister for ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy told reporters. "There is an ayurveda practitioner who runs ayurvedic resort named 'Saukhya' in Bangalore who called me to tell that coronavirus infection of Prince Charles was treated by his formula. It is a mix of ayurveda and homeopathy," Naik said.
Prince Charles had tested positive for coronavirus and was self-isolating. According to a statement from the Clarence House, the 71-year-old eldest son of Queen Elizabeth “has been displaying mild symptoms, but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”
"This is just one example of how ayurveda and homeopathic medicines can help treat diseases like coronavirus," Naik said. "We are not insisting that the medicines should be prescribed before validating them scientifically. That is why we are always terming it as preventive medicine. There are no side effects of this medicine," Naik said. There are many people who have used homeopathic medicines as a preventive cure for coronavirus, he claimed. The ministry had earlier put out an advisory claiming that homeopathy can be used for the prevention of coronavirus infections. It also said that unani medicines are useful in symptomatic management of coronavirus infection.
The topic of traditional medicines against the coronavirus had popped up in other countries too. China had applied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in treating more than half of the confirmed patients of novel coronavirus infection in the country's Hubei province, which was the epicentre of the epidemic. The TCM is an ancient method of treatment, over 3,000 years old. "Since the beginning of the outbreak, the government has attached importance to both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine by mobilising the strongest scientific research and medical forces in both fields to treat the patients," Wang Hesheng, deputy head of China's National Health Commission, had then said.