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Alternative medicine can be used as immunity booster, not as cure for COVID-19: SC

Neethikrishna, Mumbai
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Supreme Court (SC) has recently said that alternative medicine can be used as an immunity booster but not as a cure for COVID-19. The apex court made the remarks while hearing an appeal against a Kerala High Court order which had asked the state government to use alternative medicine only as an immunity booster.

The court has, however, allowed qualified medical Ayush practitioners to prescribe immunity booster mixture or tablets, as suggested by the Union ministry of Ayush.

The three-judge bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah was hearing an appeal against the order of the Kerala High Court directing doctors practicing Ayush medicines not to prescribe any medicines, stating that it is curative for COVID-19 disease.

The high court had passed the order on a plea which had sought a direction to the state authority to ensure that homoeopathic practitioners are immediately allowed to perform in accordance with the March 6 notification of the Ministry of Ayush, which had said that state government shall take steps to adopt homoeopathic system among other systems of medicines in the fight against the menace of coronavirus.

The high court had further noted that as per the medical protocol of the government, doctors practicing in Ayush medicines are not supposed to prescribe any medicines stating that it is curative for COVID-19 disease.

Advisory of the Union Ministry of Ayush is being followed by the government and tablets are given free of cost to those persons as immunity boosters. As per the state medical protocol, COVID-19 affected persons should not be treated by anybody other than the government and those authorised by the government, the high court noted.

When the Central as well as State Governments has approved prescription of certain mixtures and tablets, as immunity boosters, qualified medical practitioners in Ayush can also prescribe the same, but only as immunity boosters, it further stated.


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