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Potential of Selected Indian Herbs for COVID-19

[ Vol. 7 , Issue. 4 ]


Ravindra Verma*, Vaibhav Misra, Dileep Tiwari and Prakash S Bisen   Pages 566 - 573 ( 8 )


Introduction: Many environmental risk factors are associated with chronic inflammation. The spread of COVID-19 across the world has impacted every one of us. The first case of coronavirus was reported on 30th January 2020 in India.

Study Area: India has a tremendous capacity to deal with the coronavirus outbreak because of its climatic conditions and its people having high immunity . Maintaining social distancing and hand washing are not sufficient steps for preventing COVID-19. Indian system of traditional medicine has the potential for enhancing immunity, which can prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Material & Methods: A detailed study was carried out by analyzing national and international scientific databases (PubMed, SciFinder, ScienceDirect, Scopus, Web of Science, and Mendeley), thesis, and recognized books. Only Indian herbs with high immunity resistant power were analyzed. Epidemiological studies with information on COVID-19 risk factors and precautions were also considered for study purposes.

Results: Some herbs like Ocimum tenuiflorum (Tulsi), Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice), Curcuma domestica Vahl (Turmeric), Tinospora cordifolia (Giloy), Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha), Cinnamon (Dalchini), Shoot of Triticumaestivum Linn. (Wheatgrass), Andrographis paniculata (Kalmegh), can help in boosting immunity for COVID-19 disease.

Discussion: Despite the shreds of evidence for the efficacy of these herbs in treating coronavirus induced infections; the proper dose with ideal timing for such interventions need to be verified in clinical trials. Researchers must explore the potential of herbs to reduce such epidemics and environmental threats.


COVID-19, coronavirus, herbs, immunity, infection, disease.


School of Studies in Biotechnology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Department of Microbiology, Gajra Raja Medical College, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Catalysis and Peptide Research Unit, School of Health Sciences, School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban-4000, School of Studies in Biotechnology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

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