Iran announced that its scientists have produced a herbal medicine that boosts the immune system but "not medication to kill the virus" and is intended to be used as an alternative to "anti-retroviral drugs." Health Minister Kamran Bageri Lankaranj revealed the fifth-generation herbal medication called IMOD and said that the drug production involved five years of research and having tested on 200 patients.
As the next phase, the drug will not be tested on 3,000 to 5,000 Iranians, both with manifested and latent infection, to confirm the veracity of the drug. Lankaranj said that Iran has 14,000 infected patients and 1,700 have died of the disease. Last year, health authorities have warned about an increased incidence going forward due to surging intravenous drug usage.
Indian gurus and herbal healers have also claimed to have a drug that Lankaranj has revealed. Basically, they increase immunity of the body but do not kill the virus. But such extensive scientific verification or validation has not been done as Iran has. Herbal medicines have their value in curing and soothing maladies that a nuclear bomb type allopathic drugs do not. However, the use of ancient drugs and herbs on mutated diseases has not been tested or has not withstood the time-test. With a lack support from governments, these ancient remedies and herbs are dying or disappearing.
Instead of rejecting these drugs and treatments, governments need to include these drugs for treatment, validation, and research purposes. It may just be possible that one of these drugs have better curative properties that may be incorporated for treatment.