Hyderabad: A first of its kind, State government-funded research to treat patients suffering from the dreaded black fungus in Telangana with a mix of Allopathy and Ayurveda on a cohort of 137 patients at two government hospitals in Hyderabad has yielded remarkable positive results.
The interim analysis of the clinical study, an idea that was mooted by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, which involved treating black fungus patients in Government ENT Hospital, Koti and Gandhi Hospital by applying Ayurvedic-based medicines as an adjunct to already existing treatment modalities, has yielded ‘exceedingly well’ results, senior Government Ayurveda and Allopathy researchers said.
The preliminary results of the clinical study on 92 patients at ENT Hospital, Koti and 45 patients at Gandhi Hospital have indicated significant reduction in mortality, drop in disease progression, recurrence, reduction in fungal load, side effects and reduction in toxicity caused by the dosage from western medicine among black fungus patients.
Spearheaded by Commissioner, AYUSH Telangana, Dr Alagu Varshini, the clinical study involved creating different treatment regimens to two different set of Mucormycosis patients. At ENT Hospital, Koti, the clinical study group entirely consisted of mild, moderate and non-Covid patients with black fungus while at Gandhi Hospital, severe Covid positive patients with black fungus were treated.
Two different regimens comprising of a mix of existing treatment protocols drawn from western medicine were combined with Ayurveda. “The clinical study is unique because it is entirely funded by the State government and to our knowledge, no other Indian State has attempted at integrated medicine that involved combining the best aspects of western and Indian medicine. Another unique aspect is that only existing Ayurvedic treatments and therapies were utilised for the study,” Dr Varshini told Telangana Today.
The decision to integrate western treatment protocols and Ayurveda and explore its viability in treating black fungus patients was taken by the Chief Minister in consultation with senior doctors.
The integrated clinical study by AYUSH was launched in May when the sourcing of anti-fungal drug Amphotericin in Telangana was becoming very difficult, as the entire country was impacted by the severe shortage of the drug. As a result of shortage of Amphotericine and other anti-fungal drugs, it had become quite impractical for the State government to spend anywhere between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 18 lakh and treat one black fungus patient for at least six to eight weeks.
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