Four weeks ago, we wrote New Coronavirus: All Eyes on India following the Indian government’s recommendation to use a homeopathic remedy as a preventative for COVID-19 disease, and the all-too-predictable uproar that followed.
Since then, infections and deaths have escalated worldwide so it seems appropriate to check in on India again – the second most populous country in the world at 1.339 billion at last count in 2017 – to see how it is progressing in the wake of its contentious recommendation.
What we find is still encouraging.
So far, and in comparison to countries with more advanced healthcare infrastructures, the spread of COVID-19 has been minimal for India – the second most populous country in the world (1.339 billion at last count in 2017).
At the time of writing (8th April, 2020), Worldometer lists the infections within that country as 4 per million. In comparison, infections within the United Kingdom are 814 per million, and within the United States of America, 1183 per million.
Also, we are not reading reports from India of overwhelmed hospitals from out-of-control infections that are a feature of many other countries.
Why the difference? Perhaps the answer is in the following.
The Indian government has still not backed down on its recommendation that homeopathic Arsenicum Album be used as a preventative (prophylactic) for COVID-19 – in spite of the aforementioned uproar.
In another Health Advisory issued this March, it repeated its earlier recommendation for Arsenicum.
Of prevention in general, it said:
“Following system wise preventive and prophylactic simple remedies may be useful which are based on potential and strength of AYUSH systems for promotion of immunity and improvement in respiratory symptoms in similar diseases as documented by the research councils under Ministry of AYUSH.”
Of homeopathic prevention, it said:
“Arsenicum album 30, daily once in empty stomach for three days. The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule till Corona virus infections prevalent in the community.”
Of homeopathic treatment, it said:
“Various medicine which found to be effective in treating flu like illness are Arsenicum album, Bryonia alba, Rhus toxicodendron, Belladonna, Gelsemium, Eupatorium perfoliatum.”
This advisory was supplemented with research papers and records that supported these recommendations, some of which can be read at: Homeoprophylaxis: Human Records, Studies and Trials.
Information from the advisory was further reported and discussed within various publications, the following being two examples: The India Times and Modi govt again advises homoeopathy for COVID-19, suggests sipping water boiled with tulsi and Coronavirus outbreak: Ayush pushes ‘traditional cure’, med council backs modern drugs.
While we continue to watch what happens in India with interest – and a little angst for those who are not – it would be foolish of world governments to ignore events happening there.
The answer to safely controlling and preventing devastating diseases, and at minimal cost and disruption, may well be staring them in the face.
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