A number of clinical trials on the efficacy of Siddha formulations in the management of COVID-19, has completed a randomized study undertaken at the Stanley government hospital here in association with Siddha doctors in Tamil Nadu. The outcome will be announced soon with the concurrence of the Ayush Ministry, researchers involved in the project said.
Nine other clinical trials involving Siddha medicine either as stand-alone or adjunct with allopathic medicine that was taken up throughout Tamil Nadu are in various stages of completion. Apart from studying the reduction of SARS-CoV-2 viral load and reducing the onset of symptoms in asymptomatic COVID-19 with Siddha formulation Kabasura Kudineer (KSK) compared to Vitamin C & Zinc (CZ) used as a supplement in allopathy, the randomized trial examined the changes in the immunological markers of the Siddha medicine against control.
Also, the trial evaluated the safety of Siddha medicine and documented the clinical profile of asymptomatic COVID-19 as per the principles of the Siddha system of medicine. ”The randomized clinical trial at Stanley GH by Siddha and allopathy doctors has been completed and a detailed manuscript is ready. The outcome will be announced after approval and concurrence of the Ayush ministry,” Dr. K Kanakavalli, Director General, Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS), said.
A total of 233 COVID-19 clinical trials, involving various systems of medicine, were registered from India with the Clinical Trial Registry of India (CTRI) from March 1, 2020, to June 22, 2020, when the infection cases peaked. Out of these, 146 were interventional trials, 84 observational trials, and three post-marketing surveillance.
Source : CNBCTV18