As the race for a cure or vaccine intensifies, medical researchers and doctors have been experimenting with different drugs, medicines to see if there is a possible cure for the problem. Alternative and complementary medicine forms, such as Ayurveda are also being studied extensively. One such among them is homeopathy, which is being currently studied as a treatment form.
Ministry of AYUSH, in its latest guidelines, issued an advisory to states across the country recommending the use of a traditional homeopathic drug, Arsenic album 30 as a form of preventive medicine against COVID-19. Its prophylactic use has been advised in states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra and in some places, it has been used in high-risk areas. In places like Bhopal, claims were raised when doctors said that mild COVID cases were successfully treated with homeopathy.
There is no scientific claim which actually benefits the usage of homeopathy drugs, which makes people wonder if this is the safest course of treatment right now.
The state of matters has also led to people flocking to shops and medicinal clinics to hoard homeopathic drugs, which are now selling at triple the cost.