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Ashwagandha shows promise as Covid-19 preventive drug, say scientists

May 19, 2020 13:18 IST

According to a collaborative research by IIT-Delhi and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha may help develop a therapeutic and preventive drug against Covid-19. Their research shows that natural compounds from Ashwagandha and Propolis may offer anti-viral benefits by targeting a key Covid-19 enzyme Main protease, that plays a role in virus replication. The findings may help save the time and cost required for screening anti-Covid-19 drugs, say researchers, and hence urge for prioritized validation in laboratory and clinical tests. The government has also initiated a study on assessing if Ashwagandha can be an alternative to anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine as a potential Covid-19 preventive.