A Review on Prevention of COVID 19 - Siddha perspective
Introduction: Siddha is one of the ancient traditional medicine systems originated in South India which incorporates the extensive use of herbs, inorganic substances and animal products for maintaining a healthy life. Siddha system of medicine (SSM) has diverse and extensive use of natural resources for the prevention and management of comorbid conditions, widespread epidemic or pandemic diseases. Methodology: This article is the review on Siddha literatures, research and review articles in Google Scholar, major scientific databases such as SciFinder, Pubmed, Scopus, Science Direct and Springer using the major terminologies COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, epidemic, immune-modulatory, antiviral, environmental sanitization and Siddha. The collected data’s are extracted as SARS-COV-2 outline, Basic concepts, communicable diseases and preventive measures revealed in Siddha system of Medicine. Moreover the authors have tabulated the herbs used as health promoters and immune-modulators in Siddha, herbs used for fumigation and sanitization and the herbal ingredients used in important Siddha formulations for the management of infectious diseases. Conclusion: Many of the active principles present in the herbs are studied, proven to be effective immune-modulators, antivirals, anti-asthmatic and anti-inflammatory agents, which may also be effective towards the control of COVID-19. However, further scientific studies and data are required to support the use of Siddha medicines and herbs.
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