Nellore: Ending speculations, the Andhra Pradesh government has allowed the distribution of Bonigi Anandaiah's COVID-19 medicine at Krishnapatnam village in Nellore district.

However, in a bid to control the crowd, district officials shifted Anandaiah's medicine manufacturing unit to CVR Security Academy at Krishnapatnam Port. Preparations are underway to shift raw materials at machinery to CVR Security Academy. Anandaiah met Nellore district collector KVN Chakradhar Babu and sought support in procuring herbs and ingredients for making the paste.

Collector assured that some of the ingredients would be supplied from the Tribal Corporation Society. Anandaiah's team would also be setting up their website `' for people interested in trying out his COVID-19 medicine. Interested people can receive medicine by courier. Officials said the medicine is expected to be available from June 7.

The collector made it clear that they would not allow people to flock to Krishnapatnam village. He said COVID-19 patients cannot visit the facility for the medicine. He said patients have to send their representatives to collect the medicine.

The AP government gave a green signal to the herbal concoction on May 31. "While permission has been granted for the administration of P, L, and F category supplements (in paste form) prepared by Anandaiah, the usage of eye drops has been stopped till the government receives a complete report from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and LV Prasad Eye Hospital," said Chakradhar Babu

Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has conducted a preliminary study on herbal medicine and it has submitted a report t to the AP government. The report said there is no harm in using the herbal paste. The report noted that there is no evidence that the medicine can reduce the effects of COVID-19. People believe that the herbal medicine has cured many patients and several patients have recovered from the virus.

What is the concoction made of?

The organisers said they use leaves, honey, pepper, green camphor, nutmeg, black cumin, and cinnamon to prepare medicines. Anandaiah's had earlier distributed the medicine free of cost to people.

The Ayurvedic balls were prepared using Giloy (Tinospora codifolio), neem, pepper, ginger, and turmeric. They were distributed to those who had COVID-19. The same preparation was also given as an immunity booster to people waiting to get vaccinated. People from parts of Rayalaseema and Guntur had claimed to have recovered after taking the medicine.

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