Homeopathy Current Affairs - 2020

Arsenicum Album: Homeopathic drug recommended by AYUSH Ministry

Ministry of AYUSH has recommended the Arsenicum album, a homeopathic drug. The drug has been recommended for preventive use of COVID-19.

Highlights

The drug is made by heating arsenic in distilled water. This process of heating is repeated for three days till the water has less than 1% of arsenic. This is considered as the correct inflammation for the body. It helps of prevent cough, cold and diarrhoea.

Background

Till date, the are no scientific evidences that the drug works against COVID-19. There are no large scale studies that have been undertaken to validate the use of Arsenicum album 30 as a preventive medication.

What is the issue?

Experts are questioning the efficacy and impacts of taking unproven drugs. However, the WHO during the outbreak of Ebola recommended that it is ethical to prescribe unproven drugs till potential anti-virals and vaccines are discovered.

Other measures

The GoI has been taking several other measures to find an alternate to Hydroxychloroquine. The Government of India has been taking studies on Ashwagandham and other Ayurvedic drugs to treat COVID-19.

Union Cabinet approves re-establishment of Pharmacopoeia Commission

On June 4, 2020, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved the Pharmacopoeia commission. The cabinet has approved to re-establish the commission for Indian Medicine and Homeopathy under Ministry of AYUSH.

Highlights

The commission has been set up by merging Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for Indian Medicine and Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory. The two central laboratories were established at Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh in 1975.

The commission is an autonomous body that operates under Ministry of AYUSH. It is in operation since 2010.

About the merger

The merger will optimize the use of resources and also enhance outcomes of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy drugs towards effective quality control. After the merger, the commission is to have adequate administrative structure under the ministry.

Significance

Pharmacopoeia means drug making. The Government of India has re-established the Pharmacopoeia Commission of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy. The commission will help to optimize technical manpower, infrastructural facilities, financial resources.