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Patanjali intent behind ‘Covid cure’ not wrong but should’ve followed protocol: Ayush minister

Ayush Minister Shripad Naik defends Ramdev, says government is happy that Patanjali carried out research for the welfare of the country.

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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is “happy” that yoga guru Ramdev is “doing something for the country” by carrying out research to provide cure for Covid-19, Ayush Minister Shripad Naik said Wednesday.

The minister’s comments came a day after his ministry directed Ramdev’s FMCG company, Patanjali, to stop advertising Coronil, an ayurvedic medicine that was launched Tuesday as a “cure” for Covid.

“Patanjali carried out the research for the welfare of the country and everyone should be happy about the development,” the minister told ThePrint, adding that the company should, however, have followed all protocols.

The Union minister of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (Ayush) further said Patanjali’s “intent was not wrong” as it only tried to help the country by carrying out research to come up with a cure for Covid.

“Their intent is not wrong. Though they made a mistake by not following protocols and they have accepted it, too,” he said.

On Tuesday, Ramdev launched the medicine, claiming it could treat Covid within 14 days. Coronil, according to Patanjali, is manufactured using active compounds of Ashwagandha, Giloy and Tulsi.


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‘We are happy’

Ayush Minister Naik told ThePrint, “We are very happy that they are doing something for the country by carrying out research on providing cures for coronavirus. But they should have sent it to us for permission.”

The minister said Patanjali was asked to stop advertising and seek proper clearance after the issue was brought to the ministry’s notice.

“They have accepted their mistake and have sent us all the required documents related to the medicines. Our task force will now scrutinise it and within a few days we will be able to decide on the matter,” he added.

Soon after Coronil’s launch, the Ayush Ministry — the regulator for ayurvedic drugs in India — shot off a letter to the company asking it to furnish composition and research data while also directing it to not advertise it as a Covid drug.

Experts have said that it is difficult to comment on the efficacy of Coronil, citing low sample size and the absence of any published study, among other factors.

In March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recommended that the ministry should work towards scientific evidence-based solutions from the Ayush system to keep a check on the spread of the pandemic. The Ayush ministry received over 2,000 proposals within less than 15 days of his appeal.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. Pathanjali has reported that they have 0% death rate and 100% recovery of covid19 positive cases. It will be a great blunder to accuse them without ascertaining the facts submitted by them to the govt.
    We people are believing blindly the allopathic without considering its side effects.
    But we hesitate to encourage make in India products.
    We should not behave as agents of illuminaties.

    • They carefully selected healthy young patients with no co-morbidities.
      100% recovery and 0% death rate was the expected result in this group even without treatment in this sample size.
      You need 8 times their study size to see a single death in this group.
      Patanjali is making a fool out of you.

  2. I would like to thanks to Ramdev sir hi, such a reach discovered under his control. Country having chronic problem for late understanding. Thank God our ministry has learned and happy with this defined.
    Now this medicine help to our country and we got a ray of hope of survival.
    Once again I thank to Mr Ramdev sir ji.

    • Our “ministry” is the most unlearned ministry anywhere in the world.
      The ministry’s only goal seems to be to enable exploitation of unlearned people in India with fake medicines.
      They never produced any proven medicines so far and have constantly misled people into believing medicines proven to be fake are actually working.
      The ministry actively promotes frauds like Ramdev who produce shady things like Putrajeevak Beej by completely ignoring regulation.
      Shripad Naik is a clown who has no knowledge of science.

  3. We can’t read minds. Yesso Naik knows as much about Baba Ramdev’s “intent” as I do.
    But intent certainly looks wrong. Intent seems to be to make billions with no knowledge or work, capitalizing on COVID-19 crisis.
    Patanjali and Ramdev are opportunists and Yesso Naik and AYUSH enable them.
    They are not doing this for the country, just their pockets.

    This is what happens when some uneducated baba who knows nothing about viruses unofficially props up a pharmaceutical company and an equally unqualified BA graduate Yesso Naik thinks he can regulate this fraud.

  4. Ramdev making an ass of himself
    Minister making an ass of himself
    Both of them discrediting the system of Ayurveda
    Ayurveda needs to be rescued from such bullshit science. True service of Ayurveda and Yunani and Homeopathy will be only when the practitioners start following all the norms of normal scientific research and stop the kind of bogus research which Ramdev has reported.

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