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AYUSH Ministry counters media reports on N.I.C.E Protocol for COVID-19 treatment

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India’s AYUSH Ministry has not approved protocol developed by Network of Influenza Care Experts

New Delhi: There have been some recent media reports that National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune, under the Ministry of AYUSH recommends Dr. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury’s N.I.C.E. Protocol for Mild to Severe COVID-19 Patients’. It is clarified that this piece of news is totally incorrect. It appears to be based on some false claims made by N.I.C.E.

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NIN Pune has clarified that Ministry of AYUSH has not approved the protocol developed by Network of Influenza Care Experts (N.I.C.E).

NIN does not endorse N.I.C.E

NIN documents best practices in Naturopathy for COVID-19. In this regard, NIN has done a retrospective observational study for documenting the practices being adopted at N.I.C.E. Centre, Ahmednagar. This was purely an academic activity; in no way is it an endorsement of the said practices.

NIN has further explained that the report prepared by its technical team of NIN is only a reproduction of what was observed as a part of retrospective observations made based on interviews and discussion with N.I.C.E team and patients. The conclusion so made is a part of academic activity; it can be accepted only after thorough scientific scrutiny.

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