Indian scientists have formulated an Ayurvedic drug to cure dengue, claimed to be the first in the world, and the medicine is likely to be available in the market by next year. The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH and ICMR’s, regional research centre in Belagavi in Karnataka, have already conducted pilot studies which have proved the clinical safety and efficacy of the drug. The medicine is likely to be available in the market by 2019.
The Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial, which is a medical study involving human participants and is an internationally accepted method of testing is going on in the medical colleges of Belagavi and Kolar.
The drug has been made with seven herbal ingredients in use in Ayurveda system of medicine since centuries.
Dengue is caused by the aedes aegypti mosquito which breeds in clean water. The symptoms of dengue include high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting along with skin rash. Though the fever doesn’t last beyond a week, in some cases there is severe drop in platelets.