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Immunomodulatory Effect and Supportive Role of Traditional Herbs, Spices and Nutrients in Management of COVID-19

Version 1 : Received: 31 August 2020 / Approved: 2 September 2020 / Online: 2 September 2020 (05:06:56 CEST)

How to cite: Sharma, L. Immunomodulatory Effect and Supportive Role of Traditional Herbs, Spices and Nutrients in Management of COVID-19. Preprints 2020, 2020090026 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0026.v1). Sharma, L. Immunomodulatory Effect and Supportive Role of Traditional Herbs, Spices and Nutrients in Management of COVID-19. Preprints 2020, 2020090026 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0026.v1).

Abstract

Corona Virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that causes respiratory illnesses with a start of flu like symptoms. This disease is fatal and is spread all over the world. The Scientist are working day and night to find vaccine or a cure. World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 as pandemic [1]. In the view of the pandemic many treatments are being tried on the patients and various treatment modalities are being followed, the traditional medicine has shown a major role to manage this disease. The traditional medicines include the use of herbs, nutrition and spices that are freely available in Asian countries. These are used in day to day life by Asian population [2]. In this paper we have compiled and reviewed the role of various herbs and spices such as Oregano, Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Basil, Sage, Curcumin, Fenugreek, Ginger and Garlic in building immunity and also in curing pathogenic invasions based on evidence based researches. As there is no cure available for COVID-19 till now so supportive therapy is playing a major role for the patients to fight with this pandemic. The AYUSH ministry has also promoted the use of above herbs for a patient suffering from this disease. The corona virus is present in respiratory system as shown by different studies and it has different strains. The guidelines laid by the ICMR and WHO shows that use of herbs, spices and nutrients can be helpful to manage this virus by increasing the immunity in patients. Hence we are not claiming any cures but the herbs and spices used in day to day life are very much effective in management of COVID-19. World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised the use of alternative and traditional medicine in the management of COVID-19 but the herbs should be used in prescribed amounts and overdose of them can be harmful for health [1,3]. Therefore the present article will enlighten the readers about the role of herbs, spices and nutrients in improving the conditions in COVID-19.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; herbs; spices; nutrition; nutrients; immunomodulatory

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