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Journal of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences 2022 October - December ; 6 (4) :169-180
Prophylactic effect of Ayurveda interventions in prevention of COVID 19 in selected containment zones of Delhi: A prospective open label community based study

BACKGROUND: The exponential rise of cases and associated morbidity and mortality has managed to make COVID-19 a serious threat. Minimising the transmission of disease by prevention and control strategy forms the core-pillar of response. Ayurveda with its holistic approach can potentially promote disease prophylaxis both at the individual as well as community levels. This clinical study was executed in a community set-up to explore the potential of Ayurvedic interventions in COVID-19 prophylaxis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted as an open label community based study in six selected containment zones of Delhi on 9200 individuals with an objective to record the incidence of COVID-19 in these areas. The selected Ayurvedic Interventions (Ashwagandha, Maha Sudarshan Ghan Vati, Samshamani Vati) were distributed in the dose of two tablets of 250?mg each twice daily after food with lukewarm water for a period of one month. Onset of any COVID-19 related clinical symptoms, patient satisfaction in general health parameters and incidence of ADR/AE were taken as outcome measures. RESULTS: 9010 participants were recruited with mean age of 37.9 years. A total of 12 participants (0.17%) were reported positive during the intervention period, among 279 who underwent testing (because of contact tracing or symptoms). Participants who were devoid of any symptoms throughout the trial period were 98.8%. Statistically significant improvement was observed in parameters of general well-being at the end of study period. CONCLUSION: Ayurveda interventions demonstrated potential as a safe prophylactic measure against COVID 19 with comparatively good compliance and minimal adverse effects. Keywords: Ashwagandha, community study, containment zone, COVID-19, Delhi, Maha Sudarshan Ghan Vati, prophylaxis, Samshamani Vati

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