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Vol. 5 No. 1 (2020): Special Issue : Siddha preventive and clinical management for COVID-19
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The entire globe is facing a dangerous pandemic due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The medical and scientific community is trying to  figure out and  adopt effective strategies  that can lead to

(i) prevention of virus spread

(ii) identifying medications for the management  of critical care and reducing rates of mortality; and

(iii) finally discovering the highly anticipated vaccine. Novel coronavirus of COVID-19 is the most deadly form of corona virus which has caused pandemic across the world. Plant medicines are in use since ages by the mankind in order to treat and cure various diseases. They are the  best possible  tools in order  to tackle the disease as they have lowest possible side effects as compared to other forms of drugs available and in use to treat the diseases. Traditional Indian medicine  has a  lot to offer  in the management of COVID-19 and it is, therefore, an opportune time for modern medicine and AYUSH to come together and develop an integrated approach for the management of COVID-19. Modern medicine contributes to the curative aspect of COVID -19 while  traditional medicine can contribute to prophylaxis and adjuvant for the treatment of infection. Currently, National Institute of Siddha (NIS) is engaged in conducting clinical studies  of Siddha drugs for the management of COVID-19. The results are promising. The time calls for an integrative approach for searching the solution to this unprecedented healthcare challenge.

This Special Issue on "Siddha  preventive and clinical management for COVID-19” is aiming to detail the role  of  traditional  medicines as prophylaxis and effective management tools to mitigate COVID-19 disease as well as provide an up-to-date overview of strategies that can improve the prevention and boosting the immunity to the population. Therefore, we  encourage  investigators  from  different scientific backgrounds to submit to this special issue entitled "Siddha preventive and clinical management for COVID-19” that will accept manuscripts in the form of Original Research, Systematic Review, Mini-Review, Case studies, and Clinical Trial as well as Letter  to Editor, and commentary articles providing a platform for the presentation of role of traditional medicine on COVID-19.We are especially interested in articles that explore the issues below in the context of the pandemic.

1.Siddha medicines as prophylaxis to tackle the outbreak

2.Siddha medicine for the management of COVID-19

3.Phytochemical therapy to treat COVID-19

4.Siddha diet and nutrition to enhance Immunity in COVID-19

 5.Anti-viral drugs in Siddha system of Medicine

6.Yoga and Pranayama

7.Siddha geriatric care during pandemic

8.Population Study

9.Clinical trials

10.Life  style modification

Manuscript  Submission Information:

Manuscripts should be submitted online through Journal of Siddha web portal  or through official e-mail  Please  write "Special Issue" before the title. Submission should be accompanied by a cover letter with reference to the concerned special issue theme. Manuscripts can be submitted until the  deadline. All papers will be reviewed by members of the editorial board in order to accelerate the publication of papers. Accepted papers will be published in the journal as  soon  as  accepted.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously,  nor  be  under  consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Please visit NIS website for the Instructions for authors and other relevant information for submission of  the manuscripts for the Special issue of Journal of Siddha. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

Submission due date: July 31, 2020

Article-processing charges: No publication fee for this special issue.

Published: 2020-07-18
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