Herbal Medicine for Dengue Has Been Developed by Indian Scientists [ Current Affairs ]


For the first time Indian scientists have developed herbal medicine against mosquito borne dengue fever using traditional Indian medicine system Ayurveda. This is made using alcoholic extract of Cissampelos pariera Linn (Cipa extract) derived from velvetleaf, a species of flowering plant.

The drug has ability to be effective inhibitor to all four types (strains) of dengue virus.

The project jointly started by

  • Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology
  • International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Ranbaxy Research Laboratory (now owned by Sun Pharma)
  • Now this drug will be going for clinical trials and toxicity studies after approval from Union Ministry of Ayush and Drug Controller of India (DCI) for commercial production.

About Dengue:

  • Dengue is a mosquito-borne tropical viral sickness which posture an important global public health risk.
  • 50 % of India from the global population is estimated to be at risk of dengue.
  • Severe dengue is hypothetically incurable and relates with very high virus weight that produced decrease in platelet counts and haemorrhage.

- Published on: March 8, 2016