A cross-sectional survey to assess the efficacy of home remedies during Covid times from a Pharmacovigilance perspective
Introduction: Many strategies have been suggested for the prevention of COVID-19 such as the intake of certain home remedies.
Objectives: To assess the efficacy of home remedies like Kadha (Decoction) consumed during covid times and document the adverse events if any due to indiscriminate use of home remedies.
To document various home remedies used by the public to boost immunity.
Method: About 130 patients who attended the OPD at Central Ayurveda Research Institute (CARI), Bengaluru were included in the survey by using a questionnaire. The questionnaire was prepared to collect information regarding the intake, type, duration, and benefits of home remedies.
Results: It was observed that a majority of the participants in the study were not aware of the long-term consequences of consuming a particular home remedy. Due to the fear of covid and faith in home remedies, many opted for a preventive measure. Ginger was the most frequently used drug as a home remedy and hyperacidity with heartburn was the most common untoward effect observed due to the inappropriate use of the home remedies.
Conclusion: Ayurveda emphasizes diet and regimen as a part of the treatment along with Aushadha Sevana Kaala (the time of administration of medicine). When home remedies are consumed without medical supervision and without adhering to the basic principles as cautioned in Ayurvedic medicine, it is bound to cause some untoward effects. This study is a humble attempt in this direction.
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