Yoga guru baba Ramdev created a sensation by announcing the launching of Coronil for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. According to him, this herbal medicine offers 100% success rate. However, as per medical fraternity all over the globe, there is no specific medicine to work against the Coronavirus pandemic. Does Patanjali have the necessary know how for such research? When scientists the world over are working overtime to find a cure for COVID-19, and have not been successful so far, the claim by Ramdev to have found a cure is absurd and questionable. In such a scenario, his claim must be taken with a pinch of salt. In the past, he has made many such claims, like cure for cancer, which turned out to be false. One should be wary of drugs being proclaimed as COVID-19 cures, as it will end up doing more harm as people may avoid scientific treatment protocols and go for these so-called magic medicines. The Ayush Ministry is justified in asking him to stop promoting Coronil and provide more information on it to the satisfaction of the authorities concerned. The last thing that we need is people falling for unapproved drugs and becoming super spreaders. Ayurveda may carry ancient medical wisdom but its usage in the 21st century must comply with approved scientific protocols. The broadcasting and health ministries together must act to check this. His other medicines should also be assessed for their efficacy.
Chandan Kumar Nath,