Bhopal based AIIMS is working on finding suitable ayurvedic alternatives for antibiotics used for treating fungal and bacterial infections with the global medical fraternity pitching for rational use of drugs amid rising cases of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Exploring herbal medicines as an alternative to these increasingly ineffective drugs has become supremely important as antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “superbugs,” are becoming more numerous and more virulent owing to rampant over use of antibiotics.
Preliminary results of the ongoing research carried out by Bhopal based AIIMS has indicated that herbal drug Fifatrol can be an apt alternative to allopathic antibiotics without causing any side effects.Enriched with immune-enhancing herbs, ayurvedic drug has been found to be effective in curing major bacterial infections such as staphylococcus species that can cause fever, cough and cold, and skin diseases among others. If not treated in time especially for those with weak immune system, can be fatal, said Dr Samran Singh, Director of AIIMS Bhopal.
The drug has been found useful for controlling infectious diseases caused due to E. Coli bacteria and others. While examining the research, Dr. Singh highlighted that ayurvedic medicines have been seen as supplements to boost immunity, but Fifatrol drug has shown very promising results against combating bacteria too. A detailed research is still on to arrive at the final result. Medicinal herbs can be a first line of defence against infectious diseases is a compelling evidence.
Manufactured by Delhi-based AIMIL Pharmaceutical, Fifatroldrug, is an anti-microbial solution prepared from 13 key herbs including sudarshanvati, sanjeevanivati, godantibhasma, tribhuvankirtirasand mrityunjayras, tulsi, kutki, chirayata, motha, giloy, daruhaldi, karanja and appamarg. Dr. Singh, who heads the team of researchers, further explained, Staphylococcus bacteria which is majorly responsible for skin, respiratory and stomach infections. Its infection can also be fatal in people who have weak immune system. Ayurveda expert RamnivasParashar said while commenting on the development thatmedicinal plants have been widely used in the management of many infectious diseases and by now, several ancient remedies have proven their value through scientific methodologies.
“This research again proves the point that there is an alternative to antibiotics in ayurveda which is completely based on herbs and is ayurvedic as well. Consequently, the government must explore in the same direction”, he added. By doing so and putting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as the number one public health challenge before the world this initiative has made a point that the government has made a strong pitch for rational use of antibiotics.The effective and safe prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi could be threatened.