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Indian scientists make Ayurvedic drug to cure dengue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian scientists have formulated an Ayurvedic drug to cure dengue, claimed to be the first in the world, and the is likely to be available in the market by next year.

The in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), an autonomous body under the and ICMR's, regional research centre in Belgaum in Karnataka, have already conducted pilot studies which have proved the clinical safety and efficacy of the drug.

According to Vaidya K S Dhiman, of CCRAS, 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 Belgaum and Kolar.

This drug has been made with seven herbal ingredients which are in use in system of since centuries, Dhiman said.

is emerging as a major health problem in tropical countries and is drawing the attention of government and all health agencies due to its fatality and limitations of treatment in conventional system, Dhiman said.

As such there is no direct references and description regarding in and Siddha literatures.

"We started working on making this drug in 2015 and in the process pilot studies were conducted in Hospital, Gurgaon, and in the medical colleges of Belgaum and Kolar which proved the clinical safety and efficacy of this drug in the management and treatment of We had prepared the drug by June last year," Dhiman said.

During the pilot study 90 patients were given this drug in highly concentrated liquid form. But in the ongoing clinical trial, the drug is given in tablet form.

Dengue is caused by the aedes aegypti mosquito which breeds in clean water. The symptoms of dengue include high fever, joint pains, headache, nausea, vomiting, dip in blood pressure along with a

Though the does not last beyond a week, in some cases there is severe drop in the level of platelets which turn fatal.

At present, there is no specific drug or antibiotic to treat dengue and the treatment focuses on providing relief from the symptoms. Rest and fluid intake for adequate hydration is important.

According to WHO, dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne across the world today, causing nearly 400 million every year.

in 2017 has seen 15, 7220 cases of dengue and 250 deaths due to the (till December 24), as per the National Vector Borne Control Programme (NVBDCP) data. In 2016, the country registered 129166 cases and 245 deaths.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 15:30 IST