Coronil: Science Can Take a Hike. Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Has Discovered the “Cure” to Covid-19


Coronil: Science Can Take a Hike. Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Has Discovered the “Cure” to Covid-19

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As scientists and pharmaceutical companies race to come up with a cure for the coronavirus, an unlikely competitor has emerged in the form of Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev. Patanjali Ayurved has launched Coronil and Swasari Vati, which the company claims is the first Ayurvedic cure for treating Covid-19.

Patanjali has claimed 100% recovery from coronavirus infection within seven days of treatment with Coronil. MD Acharya Balakrishna revealed that they have used minerals with herbs to make this medicine more effective. The company claims hsCRP and IL-6 levels were reduced in the treatment group as compared to the placebo group.

“We’ve prepared the first Ayurvedic-clinically controlled, research, evidence and trial-based medicine for Covid-19. We conducted a clinical case study and clinically controlled trial, and found 69% patients recovered in three days and 100% patients recovered in seven days,” said Baba Ramdev. The yoga guru insisted that Coronil was not an immunity booster but a coronavirus cure, claiming that tests had been conducted even on people on ventilators.

Patanjali claims that the clinical trials were conducted by Patanjali Research Institute, Haridwar and National Institute of Medical Sciences, Jaipur. We appointed a team of scientists after COVID-19 outbreak. Firstly, the simulation was done and compounds were identified which can fight the virus and stop its spread in the body. Then, we conducted a clinical case study on hundreds of positive patients and we have got 100 per cent favourable results,” MD Acharya Balkrishna said.

The announcement triggered a flurry of memes on social media. Some have astutely guessed that the company is going to make a lot of money selling the Coronil kit.

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The Coronil kit, which is for 30 days, will be available for Rs 545. It isn’t available yet but will be made available at Patanjali stores within a week. Acharya Balakrishna also announced that the company would be launching an e-commerce app for the delivery of Coronil kits within two hours of order placement.