No, Ayurveda did not cure Prince Charles of Covid-19, office denies claims of AYUSH minister Shripad Naik

Shubhajit Roy, Smita Nair
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Prince Charles and MoS for AYUSH Shripad Naik. (File photo)

A day after Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik claimed that Ayurvedic medicine helped Prince Charles, the second in line to the British crown, to be cured of coronavirus, the Prince’s spokesperson rejected the claim and said he “followed the medical advice of the NHS in the UK and nothing more”.

Ella Lynch, a spokesperson for the Prince of Wales, said in an email to The Indian Express, on Friday, “This information is incorrect. The Prince of Wales followed the medical advice of the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK and nothing more.”

She was responding to Naik’s claim in a press briefing in Goa on Thursday that Prince Charles’ recovery only “validates our age-old practice since thousands of years”. Naik said he could confidently say so, since he got a call from a doctor who runs an Ayurveda resort in Bengaluru.

“I received a phone call from Dr Isaac Mathai, who runs the Soukya ayurveda resort in Bengaluru. He told me that his treatment of Prince Charles through Ayurveda and Homeopathy has been successful. This is just one example of how the system can work,” Naik had said.

Naik, a Goa native, took the opportunity to address the media on the “measures taken by government” and also applaud India for being the “first country to have been able to control the spread of the virus” and ensure low numbers of positive cases.

Modi is in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Modi is in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Prince Charles with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)

Separately, Modi had spoken to Prince Charles on Thursday, and had “expressed satisfaction that the Prince had recovered from his own recent indisposition, and wished him lasting good health”. The Prince has just recovered from COVID-19.

“Prime Minister thanked the Prince for the keen interest he has always taken in Ayurveda. He explained the recent Indian initiative aimed at teaching basic yoga exercises through short animation videos, and disseminating easy home-made traditional remedies for enhancing immunity. The Prince appreciated the potential of these initiatives for enhancing health and wellbeing, especially in the present situation,” the MEA statement had said on Thursday.

Charles, the Prince of Wales, had expressed his appreciation for the members of the Indian diaspora in the UK, including many members of the National Health Service, who were playing a seminal role in combatting the pandemic. “He also referred to the selfless work being done by religious and social organisations of the Indian community in the UK,” the MEA statement had said.

Heir's big birthday: 70 candles lined up for Prince Charles
Heir's big birthday: 70 candles lined up for Prince Charles

Prince Charles during his India visit in 2017. (Express archives)

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