Chennai: The Madras High Court today directed the Central government to test a Madurai-based Siddha doctor’s herbal concotion, which he had claimed as a cure for Covid-19.
The Madurai bench of the HC, while passing the order, directed the Ayush Ministry to test the concoction and file a report in the court on 3 August.
In his petition, Dr S Subramanian said that his herbal concoction, a mixture of 66 herbs in the form of a powder, could be a cure for Covid-19. This mixture could be taken twice a day after mixing it with hot water, he said. He said that by taking the mixture regularly, immunity would increase and not only prevent the disease, but also act as a cure for Covid-19.
When it came up for hearing before a division bench of justice P N Prakash and justice B Pugalendhi on Tuesday, the state government informed that pursuant to an earlier order, Subramanian appeared before the committee of experts constituted to examine the efficacy of the medicine. The committee carefully scrutinized the documents submitted by him and found that ‘IMPRO’ had ingredients of 66 herbs.
The committee also verified the scientific background of the ingredients and decided that the formula may have anti-viral effect. The documents along with the medicine IMPRO have been sent to Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS) at New Delhi for its perusal.