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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 3826-3837

A review on exploring evidence-based approach to harnessing the immune system in times of corona virus pandemic: Best of modern and traditional Indian system of medicine


1 Department of Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Kayachikitsa, Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research, Bangaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Pediatrics, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
4 PG-1 Resident, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, USA

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Dr. Vyas K Rathaur
Type 2-b, Building No 60, AIIMS, Rishikesh - 249 203, Uttarakhand
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_504_20

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the most dreaded pandemic of our times, which lead to a state of chaos among the mightiest nations of the world. The immune system plays a great role in response to any foreign organisms be it bacteria or viruses. Virus-based pandemics like SARS, MERS, COVID-19 have time and again been surfacing leading to mortality and morbidity worldwide. These pandemics have also resurfaced the role of public health and its modes which have been fading in the presence of lucrative hi-tech medical industry. Although Chinese system of medicine has been explored, there is still more to be done in exploring solutions from time tested Indian systems of medicine like Ayurved and Yog. Its time to rethink and explore ways to harness our immune system and look for evidence-based solutions providing the best of both medical systems to the patients, i.e., modern medicine as well as Ayurved and Yog. The present review is a narrative review wherein studies were searched from databases like PubMed, Cochrane, Scopus, and web pages. Given a paucity of studies hereby we explored existing pieces of evidence, thereby concluding that more randomized controlled trials need to be done for assessing the role of Ayurved, Yog, and other Indian systems of medicine to enrich the armamentarium in the fight against such viruses in future. Family physicians can play a vital role in not only suggesting treatment but also changes in lifestyle of the patients as well as their family. Evidence based knowledge of ancient Indian system will open a new door of integration for overall well being of patient with a scientific outlook.


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