Nellore: The Ayush department team studying the concoction prepared by Bonigi Anandaiah at Krishnapatnam and hawked as a cure for Covid-19 cannot be termed an Ayurvedic medicine.
They said that Ayush protocols and guidelines do not accept these preparations as Ayurvedic drugs. They felt that the preparations were similar to traditional local medicines, hinting that there is no need for any licence.
Speaking to this newspaper, Commissioner of Ayush and head of the team, Col. V. Ramulu, said that there are no harmful ingredients in the substance being given by Anandaiah, including the eye drops.
“Anandaiah prepared all them before us and the process is very simple for anyone to produce. Moreover, he is willing to share the formula with the public,” he said.
The Ayush official said that Anandaiah has been using herbs including locally available leaves such as neem, mango and jamun apart from honey, pepper, green camphor, nutmeg, black cumin, turmeric and cinnamon among many other items, “which we use daily for preparing food items.”
In the eye drops, Anandaiah has been using pepper, mulla vankaya and honey, Col Ramulu noted. He said that the preparation cannot be prescribed for Covid-19 as the formula is one among hundreds of local remedies for different ailments. Citing an instance, he pointed to the popular Puttur treatment for broken bones.
Col Ramulu said they would submit a report to the government on their study. It is up to the government to take a decision, he added.
TTD would provide herbs and raw material to Covid medicine- Board member
Chandragiri legislator member Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, a TTD board member said that the TTD would provide herbs and other raw material necessary for Ayurveda concoctions of Bonigi Anandaiah of Krishnapatnam village in SPSR Nellore district after it gets approval.
During a visit to Krishnapatnam along with senior faculty of S.V. Ayurveda Medical College run by the TTD on Saturday, he said the herbs and medicinal plants are available in abundance in the Seshachalam forest area.
“We will provide any quantity of Ayurveda ingredients to Anandaiah once his medicines are approved by Ayush and ICMR as per directions of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy,” the legislator asserted.
Speaking to mediapersons after eliciting information from locals on the concoctions of Anandaiah in the village, Bhaskar Reddy TTD will extend support to the production. Referring to people’s, he said that it is an indicator for the strength of the age-old medical system of India.
Pointing to the notion that Ayurveda can have positive effects when used as a complementary therapy, he said the traditional medicine now proved that it can fight even against the deadly Covid-19 virus.
Earlier Bhaskar Reddy interacted with the family members of Anandaiah and inquired about the procedures for preparing the formulation.
He said TTD’s new Ayurvedic pharma will take the responsibility of producing and distributing the formulation. He said TTD Ayurveda scientists will also study the efficiency of the medicine in addition to ICMR and Ayush teams.
Elsewhere the legislator made a surprise visit to a Covid Care Centre at Chandragiri on Saturday morning. He inquired about the quality of food and other facilities and also played carroms with the infected for a while.