During the current Covid-19 Epidemic, the indigenous systems of medicine have been extensively used for the prevention and treatment of the disease. Much of this has happened spontaneously. In the case of need, the people in India instinctively turn towards the knowledge and remedies prevalent in all communities. The Governments, both at the Centre and in many of the States, have also actively promoted established protective and preventive indigenous remedies at a very large scale. In addition, many of the trained practitioners of the indigenous systems across the country have offered both preventive and curative treatment to large numbers.

All of the above are believed to have moderated the impact of the epidemic in India. In cases where large-scale indigenous preventive and curative interventions have been documented, these seem to have demonstrably lowered the rates of infection and mortality.

Keeping in view the potential positive impact of the indigenous healthcare interventions, we as members of the PPST (Patriotic People Oriented Science and Technology) Group have sent an appeal to the Prime Minister requesting full and effective deployment of indigenous medical systems in the prevention and treatment of Covid.

The Appeal has drawn widespread support. It has been signed by 685 concerned individuals. The signatories include about 300 practitioners of the Indian systems of medicine. Among other signatories, there are 210 Ph.D.s mostly in Science, Technology and Engineering fields. There are also about 20 senior practitioners of the modern system of medicine.

As many as 11 Padma Shri and 3 Padma Bhushan awardees have signed the Appeal.

For further details of the signatories, please read below the letter we have sent to the Prime Minister, forwarding this Appeal. The forwarding letter has been signed by Dr. P. L. T. Girija, a founding member of the PPST, who has herself treated more than 600 Covid patients, many of them with severe comorbidities.

We have also widely distributed a media release giving details of this initiative. These can be accessed at the links given below.

To read the forwarding letter to the Prime Minister, please click here:
Forwarding Letter in English      Forwarding Letter in Hindi

To read the Media Release please click here:
Media Release in English    Media Release in Hindi


To read the Appeal and access the list of signatories, please click here.