'Naga Parpam' Could Help Build Immunity Naturally, Manage Covid-19-like Epidemics, Claim Siddha Doctors

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Zinc based Siddha formulations like 'Naga Parpam' (NP) and a combination of Siddha medicines could be introduced as front-line choices in the management of COVID-19 like epidemics, say Siddha doctors. "With the coronavirus mutating, it may not be feasible to devise a vaccine for each virus strain. So, it is suggested that using Naga Parpam would be beneficial in improving one's health during this pandemic times," asserts Dr S Vinayak, Research Associate, Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) here. The use of vitamin rich herbal formulation and supplements along with NP once or twice a day will ensure qualitative improvement in health and builds up the much needed immunity, he said.

Traditionally, zinc has been promoted in Siddha medicine as a wonder element to treat sexually transmitted diseases associated with immune compromised status, says Dr P Sathiyarajeswaran, Director (in-charge), Siddha Central Research Institute, Chennai. "Naga Parpam, the zinc based nano dosage form in Siddha medicine, is acclaimed for its indicative role in treating respiratory affections with or without infectious background," he said.

"NP has effectively been used in the management of TB, haemorrhage, HIV, contagious, viral, bacterial or fungal infections \ diseases, in Siddha. Zinc plays an important role in the body's ability to defend against infections and it has been proven that it could even heal the non-healing ulcers," Dr Vinayak added.

Allaying concerns about the new strain of the virus, he said one need not worry as the Siddha system of medicine is capable of addressing infections that are hundreds of years old. "Our approach is to equip the body to withstand the virus or its mutation through Siddha drugs which are a blend of phytochemical and trace elements that are vital for the body.

Naga Parpam along with a combination of Siddha formulations can prevent the virus from entering the cells and replicate," Vinayak claimed. It's role could be compared to a safety mechanism like a lock, which prevents the entry into a house, he added.

Noting that Zinc Oxide is the main ingredient of Naga Parpam, which also has traces of other minerals, Dr Sathiyarajeswaran told.