Fact Check: Did AYUSH Ministry’s Recommended Decoction ‘Cure’ 6,000 COVID-19 Patients? Here’s The Truth

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A post about cure for COVID-19 is being shared on social media with a claim that 6,000 coronavirus positive patients were given a decoction recommended by the Ministry of AYUSH and around 5,989 patients tested negative in just three days.

The Facebook caption read, “आयुष काढ़ा: तुलसी पाउडर-30 ग्राम काली मिर्च- 20 ग्राम सौठ- 30 ग्राम  दालचीनी- 20 ग्राम ( चार कप काढ़े के लिए एक चुटकी काढ़ा डाले तथा चीनी नहीं गुड का प्रयोग करें)आयुष मंत्रालय की ओर से बताए गए विशेष दिव्य काढ़े के सेवन से कोरोना के 6000 पेशंट पर किया आयुर्वेदिक प्रयोग और उसमें से मात्र तीन दिन के अंदर ही 5989 पेशंट हुए निगेटिव”

(Translation-Ayush Decoction: Tulsi powder- 30 grams Black pepper- 20 grams  Soth- 30 grams Cinnamon – 20 grams (Add a pinch of decoction for four cups of decoction and use jaggery, not sugar) Ayurvedic experiment were conducted on 6000 Coronavirus positive patients and with the use of special decoction given by the Ministry of AYUSH, 5989 patients tested negative in just three days.)


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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.

With the help of keywords search, we found a tweet by DD News Gujarati dated May 6, 2020. The video attached to the tweet featured Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Gujarat.

In the video, she explained that the experiment was done with people who were in the quarantine centres. Nearly 6210 people gave their consent and willingness to adopt the homoeopathic or Ayurveda treatment to boost their immunity during the stay.

Further, she added that only 11 out of 6210 people tested positive because they had the concoction for only 3 days. While those who completed the course did not test positive.

Moreover, we found some guidelines of Ayurveda’s immunity-boosting measures for self-care during the COVID-19 crisis by the Ministry of AYUSH. The headline mentioned that the measures are only for immunity boosting and not for cure.

We also found a tweet by government’s nodal information agency Press Information Bureau (PIB), the government’s nodal agency, dated May 17, 2021. The tweet mentioned that AYUSH Ministry has advised drinking the concoction only to boost immunity. It cannot be used to cure coronavirus.

The above information proves that the concoction is not a cure for COVID-19 patients and did not cure 6,000 coronavirus patients. Hence, the claim is misleading.

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