Answering all your queries about the ayurvedic drug for COVID- AYUSH-64

Ayush 64 has emerged as a ray of hope in the time of the pandemic. Developed under the Ministry of Ayush, this polyherbal ayurvedic formulation has unfolded as a potential cure for asymptomatic, mild, and moderate COVID-19 infection.

The ayurvedic drug is developed by Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) which is a research institution under Ayush Ministry.

Originally the drug was developed in 1980 for the management of Malaria. That is now repurposed for Covid 19.

Recently CCRAS has concluded an extensive and robust clinical trial of Ayush-64 with collaboration with CSIR and other research organizations and medical colleges across India.

AYUSH 64 has notable antiviral, immune-modulator and antipyretic properties as per the trials led by reputed scientists of the country. Their finding showed that the drug is useful in the treatment of asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 infection. Consequently, the drug is now repurposed for COVID-19.

Following this announcement, there have been many queries and curiosities about AYUSH -64 among the public as well as medical practitioners. Therefore, to answers, the same Ayush Ministry has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the general nature of the medicine.

What is Ayush-64?

Ayush-64 is an Ayurvedic drug. The in-silico study done on Ayush 64 showed that 35 out of 36 of its Phyto-constituents have a high binding affinity against COVID 19 virus. The formulation has also shown very promising results in Influenza-like illnesses.

Who and When one can take Ayush-64?

It can be taken by patients at any stage of COVID-19. However, its efficacy was scientifically studied in asymptomatic, mild and moderate disease without risk factors for poor outcome and those not requiring emergency interventions or hospitalization are eligible to take Ayush-64.

-Patients of mild to moderate COVID-19 cases showing initial symptoms like fever, malaise, body ache, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, headache, cough etc. and of asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 can start taking Ayush 64 within 7 days of diagnosis of the disease through RT-PCR for a better outcome.

Why should I take Ayush-64? Effects?

Ayush-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 its efficacy on COVID 19 scientifically proven?

Ayush-64 is a polyherbal formulation developed in compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as quality and pharmacopoeial standards by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences.

What is the ideal dose for Ayush-64 in COVID 19 patients?

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.

Are there any side effects of Ayush-64?

Loose motions can occur in some patients, which is self-limiting and does not require any medical intervention

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.

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 an Ayurvedic physician, provided there is the availability of appropriate referral facilities. It is advised to take the drug as an adjunct to the SoC in mild to moderate disease in home isolation. Ayush-64 shall only be used as per the advice of a qualified Ayush practitioner.

For how many days should Ayush-64 be taken?

Ayush-64 can be taken for a minimum period of 14 days. However, 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 for up to 12 weeks, through clinical studies.

How should Ayush-64 be taken?

It can be taken with warm water, preferably one hour after food.

Can a COVID-19 patient with other comorbidities take Ayush-64?

Patients with co-morbidities like hypertension, diabetes etc., can take Ayush-64 for asymptomatic, mild to moderate disease and are advised not to discontinue their respective medications.

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 for SARS CoV-2, in consultation with an Ayush Physician. However, evidence in favour of it has not been elicited through scientific studies.

Is it safe in pregnant and lactating women?

The safety of Ayush-64 in cases of pregnant and lactating women is not established through scientific studies.

Is Ayush-64 available in the market?

It is available in the market and can be purchased from Ayurvedic pharmacies. However, it should be ensured that it should not be used as an over the counter prescription (OTC) and shall only be used under the supervision of Ayurvedic physicians.

What guidelines should I follow while taking Ayush-64?

There are no special precautions to be followed while using Ayush-64. However, one must follow all the COVID-19 related guidelines given by the Ministry of Ayush and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

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