The state government on Monday allowed the use of the herbal preparation given to COVID patients by B. Anandaiah, an Ayurveda practitioner from Krishnapatnam in Nellore District, taking into account the findings of the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, but held on to it made their decision about the eye drops that are claimed to be lifesaving for those with dangerously low oxygen levels.
While giving the green signal to the herbal supplement, the government warned that COVID patients should stop taking medications prescribed by doctors in the normal course.
According to an official statement, the government had yet to obtain conclusive evidence of the eye drops’ effectiveness while it was found that the preparation of ingredients such as honey, pepper, green camphor, nutmeg, black cumin, cinnamon and medicinal herbs were not harmful, but may not be able to cure the coronavirus infection.
In addition, the government said people could use “Anandaiah medicine” voluntarily and suggested COVID patients send their family members or relatives to pick up the medicine. This should prevent overcrowding which could turn into a COVID super spreader. In addition, the wearing of face masks and keeping physical distance had to be strictly observed.
It should be noted that Mr. Anandaiah claimed to have been practicing Ayurveda for over 30 years and that the traditional drugs he administered were useful not only in treating COVID but also in various other infections.
On the other hand, a team of officials hired by the Nellore District Collector to investigate the medicine reported that Mr. Anandaiah was not a qualified practitioner in Ayurvedic medicine and the formula he told was not part of a standard prescription. They also observed that the eye drops could be harmful to eyesight in the long term.
“No Ayurvedic Medicine”
Meanwhile, AYUSH V. Ramulu Commissioner told media representatives that the herbal concoction that Mr. Anandaiah was selling was not an Ayurvedic medicine.
No side effects were noted and there have been no such symptoms to date. People could take the supplement as a dietary supplement that could boost immunity. Validation or non-validation of the eye drops likely took an additional two to three weeks.