This is a transcript of an interview given in April 2021 by Vaidya Sarang Phadke of Pune, India, where he shared his experiences treating patients of COVID-19 using a novel Ayurvedic superactive formulation.

I personally have used this methodology in creating diverse formulae to treat various conditions, including treatment failures of modern medicine. This type of medicine works faster, at a lower dose than conventional Ayurvedic medicines, and with great ease of use for the patient.

The great advantage to using Haldi-30 as a first-line treatment strategy is the extreme potency, which helps conserve natural herb resources amidst overwhelming demand during a pandemic.

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— Dr. Vikram Dravid.

This medicine is named “Haldi 30” by me as it is a super-active extract of Turmeric (Haldi) in sesame oil. As both Turmeric and Sesame oil are edible food substances, this extract is non-toxic and proven to be safe, and I have been using it as an ingredient in various formulations in my clinical practice for 16 years now.

Some years ago, a patient presented to me with fever cough and cold that was resistant to four different antibiotics prescribed by several specialist doctors. This case improved and was treated successfully with this Haldi extract, which is how I had the idea to use it in Covid-19.

I have observed that symptomatic patients respond to this medicine within the first 3-4 days, and usually 30% of patients become fully asymptomatic with just a single dose or within two or three days. Patients with Diabetes or other co-morbidities, become symptom-free in 7-8 days. However, I do have my patients continue to take the medicine for the full 14 day quarantine period. So far, I have treated close to 200 Covid-19 patients, ranging in age from a 1 year 10 month old baby girl to an elderly gentleman of 88. This medicine has been effective in 100% of all patients, who have recovered fully.

I have made multiple attempts to reach out to the Central Government, mainly through the Ministry of Ayush, beginning first on August 15, 2020; I sent them a follow up reminder on the 20th of September. However, after receiving no response from Ayush, I made a complaint with the Prime Minister’s Grievance Cell, who did respond and forwarded my communication to Ayush, advising them to look into the matter.

Ayush sent my written clinical findings and data to the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences to validate my claims. CCRAS further requested me to submit 45 case reports and I attended meetings with them over the course of two months. However, they later objected saying that after the patient recovery, I failed to have a repeat RTPCR test done proving the patients were negative. And so, they informed me, my claim was denied. This happened around January-February when the incidence of cases had declined, and so I didn’t bother further with the Ministry. But soon, March onward there was a sudden spike in cases again, and I sometimes would see as many as 15 Covid patients in a day. Again, I wrote back again to CCRAS, along with negative repeat test reports of the first 3 patients I had treated. I am also following up further with more cases with negative RTPCR test reports upon their recovery from my treatment.

If the Government decides to accept these finding as valid, the true advantage to this extract medicine is that it is proven safe and non-toxic, both by empirical use in our country over generations as food, as well as in my own 16 years of clinical practice. Among the 200 patients treated by me, only two had mild side-effects of oral ulcers, which were immediately managed with additional Ayurvedic medicines. These patients were able to complete their course of treatment with no further issues. Across all ages from young children to the elderly this medicine is very safe.

If this medicine were to be used on a mass scale, because we are seeing a tremendous spike in cases at present India, it would be of great benefit. Every single case I have treated was managed effectively at the upper respiratory tract level, without ever getting worse and entering the lungs and without needing hospitalization.Indeed, this approach would reduce the current heavy burden on our hospitals and assuredly reduce the number of severe cases progressing to deaths.

There are some pharmaceutical medicines now being used which have worked well such as Fabilu (Favipiravir), but they are very expensive, and produce side-effects as well;  instead of depending on such drugs, if Haldi-30 were to be widely used, it would not only be very cost effective, it would also improve the health outcomes on a mass level. Further, it would allay the extremely horrifying situation we are facing now.

This medicine is easy to use, but as covid is a serious illness, I administer it to patients under my direct supervision, and monitor them closely on a daily basis over the phone while they are under treatment. I am cautious when monitoring patients, that if there is any change in symptoms, I order a chest Xray to ensure that the infection hasn’t entered the lungs.

Now there is a limit to how many cases I can manage myself alone. Although I may have researched and tested and verified the efficacy of this medicine, I have no desire or expectations of any monetary returns or benefit. As the medicine is very cost-effective, if the Government so decides, it could be made widely available to the public.

The process to prepare this medicine is very simple. The basic methodology for producing such a super-active extract of any herb was invented by Dr. S.G Kane, a chemical engineer and scientist who holds the worldwide process patent.  Dr. Kane has invented this process for making extracts from any Ayurvedic herb, which results in creation of herb nano-particles in a low dose formulation that work at a deep cellular level. The further brainstorming and idea to use Turmeric super-active extract specifically for the coronavirus was my own contribution, as was the specific dosage requirement in case of Covid-19. I came upon the dosage requirement – up to 5 times in a day – after researching several scientific studies which showed that frequent dosing is needed as turmeric levels rapidly clears the bloodstream. Turmeric doesn’t work as effectively in any other form, but it works extremely well in this extract form because of the presence of bioactive nano-particles.

My plea to the Government is to establish an ICRMR committee composed of any types of doctors, whether Allopathic or Ayurvedic, and I am willing to present my results and experience before them. I am confident in the 100% efficacy of my medicine. They could easily observe cases being treated under my care – I am willing to treat at Sassoon Hospital, Pune where they can observe the validity of my claim.

I have already submitted case reports of patients that have successfully been treated, and instead of making a long-drawn bureaucratic process, it would be much easier to just observe direct clinical evidence in the field and monitor for efficacy and safety. If I get the nod from the Government, I am willing to travel all over India to teach the process for making this medicine, so that it can be immediately used in as many locations as possible.

May the country benefit, and may the people benefit from this knowledge. This current situation of having to make rounds in search of hospitals for admission because all beds are taken up could be avoided. As a result, a great deal of human suffering could be relieved. This is our indigenous medicine, and not only should we use it in India, but it could also be made available for use internationally.