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Herbal drug can help check viral infection, says BHU Ayurveda expert

As Covid-19 battered India grapples with influenza, viral fever and dengue, certain Ayurveda experts have claimed that immunity-boosting herbal drugs like Fifatrol can help not only hasten the recovery from the infection but also strengthen the immunity of the patient.

SNS | New Delhi |

A herbal drug is being recommended by Ayurveda experts for quite a long time for patients affected by dengue and viral flu as they find it to be very effective.

As Covid-19 battered India grapples with influenza, viral fever and dengue, certain Ayurveda experts have claimed that immunity-boosting herbal drugs like Fifatrol can help not only hasten the recovery from the infection but also strengthen the immunity of the patient.

Prof KN Dwivedi from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) said that even though the virus has no cure so far, in Ayurveda there are some herbs and preparations that can prevent the progression of the infections due to seasonal influenza and mosquitoes and gradually eliminate them.

In this connection, he pointed out that Fifatrol, developed by AIMIL pharma, a formulation of time-tested immunity strengthening herbo-mineral preparations like guduchi, daruharidra, apamarga, chirayata, karanja, kutaki, tulsi, godanti (bhasam), mrityunjaya rasa, tribhuvana kriti rasa and sanjivani vati has been found to help fight infections, flu and cold.

Prof Dwivedi explained, there are four types of dengue — serotypes 1 to 4 at play. The prevalence of serotype-2 has been growing very fast across the states, he added. This is more severe than other types of dengue fever. In serotype-2 dengue infections, platelets drop rapidly and the body’s immune response is hyperactive, resulting in a cytokine storm that can damage the organs. This variant of dengue also impacts the kidneys.

“But this drug (Fifatrol) being enriched with immune-enhancing herbo-mineral preparations can fight bacteria, viruses and allergens and provides fast relief from nasal congestion, sore throat, body ache, headache.”

In fact, the herbal drug has also found a mention among nearly 200 technologies and research activities evaluated by experts in a compendium for combating coronavirus as compiled by the National Research Development Corporation.

“The drug offers an improved immune system in top-notch form to fight off viral, bacterial and other infections, normalises raised body temperature, fastens recovery and eases the associated symptoms like flu, cold and congestion,” added Sanchit Sharma, Executive Director, AIMIL Pharma.

According to the WHO estimates, one in every five people worldwide can become infected with viral fever and vector-borne disease during the peak of the season in a year.