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Should I Test Coronavirus?

Ways to find if you are Corona virus-infected or not; you need to take one out of these five tests.

Coronavirus has already affected people globally. Now, it is also spreading in India without showing any abate sign, unlike other parts of the world. Now the question arising in the minds of people all over, how safe is I, and my family?

Here SGTU has made a small effort to collate the relevant information. It is essential to know which test we need to see if we are affected by this virus or not? This deadly virus has already killed thousands of people all over the world.

Name of the tests that can detect COVID-19

Here is the full information that you need to know how to detect the RNA in blood. COVID-19 or Coronavirus has still no test kit, but when you visit the hospital, several tests can avail results related to this virus. The tests are performed to verify if the person is COVID affected or not.

What happens during a Corona Virus or COVID-19 test?

The lab will collect the following samples from you:

  • A Swab test or Cotton test:

The lab will take a sample from your throat or nose with the help of clean cotton.

  • A Nasal Aspirate:

A saline solution is injected into your nose, and a sample will be suctioned gently

  • A tracheal Aspirate:

A thin and light tube known as a bronchoscope being gently pushed to your lungs, and a sample will be acquired.

  • A Sputum Test:

It is a variation found in your mucus found in your lungs is collected or coughed out from your nose with a cotton swab.

  • A Blood Test:

Variants of samples collected to get evaluated to detect the virus. It can also conduct through a Blanket test for all kinds of Coronaviruses. It can be acquired through a specialized gene sequencing test that is considered as a marker for COVID-19.

When you need a navel coronavirus test?

There are some specific measurements and symptoms to decide either you should go for this test or not:

  • If you have traveled or visited in any corona infection affected areas around the globe
  • In case you have come in contact with such a person who has moved to such areas

Is there any cure or antibiotic for novel Coronavirus or COVID-19?

As of now, there is no antibiotic available in the market to cure this deadly microorganism. Developed countries like America, Japan are testing and trying to make antibiotics for this disease.

We appeal to you to pay attention to small details related to COVID-19 so that you can keep you and your family safe.

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Anticancer Medicinal Plants – SGT University

Among various diseases, cancer has become a big challenge to human beings. The global cancer burden is estimated to have risen to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths in 2018. As per world data of cancer one in five-man and one in six women suffering from cancer and one in eight and one in eleven men and women respectively dies from this disease Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the female.

As per Indian population data, the rate of mortality due to cancer in India is very high. In India cancer is 2nd most common diseased and responsible for maximum death. In India Cancers of the lip and oral cavity (16%) and lungs (8.5%) is very high in male and cancer of the breast (27.7%) and cervix (16.5%) is very high in females. The main causes of cancers among the population may be genetic, mutations, hormonal, poor immune conditions, food habits, industrialization, overgrowth of the population, etc. Many conditions like smoking, alcohol consumption, excess body weight, physical inactivity, poor nutrition also have a risk factor of cancer.

In modern medicine cancer treatment mainly involve Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy have many side effects like Anemia, Loss of Appetite, Constipation, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Edema, Hair loss, Nausea and vomiting sleep problem pain, etc.

Ayurveda’s description of cancer also found in the Ayurvedic textbook under the name of Arbuda and Granthi. Ayurvedic treatment of cancer includes modification of lifestyle and recommendation of specific food and medicinal plant which are very beneficial for cancer patients not only to prevent the disease but also to improve the quality of life. Ayurveda may be helpful in the reduction of side effects of therapy and palliative care. Ayurveda medicinal plant has multiple active components that help in lowering the side effect of Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy. Various herbal plants have been shown to improve appetite, food intake, malnutrition, fatigue and sensation of well-being which could elicit bodyweight gain. These herbs might stimulate the flow of digestive juices, thereby improving digestion and increasing the appetite. Many Ayurvedic medicinal plants like Gunja, Shirisha, Rasona, Kumari Saptaparna, Shatavari, Bramhi, Daruharidr, Aarka, Haridra, Datura, Nimbha, Mahanimbha, Karvire, Tulshi, Kutuki, Sadauspa, Ashwghandha, etc have scientifically evidence for  anticancer properties

Dr. Arvind Kumar
Department of Dravyaguna
Faculty of Indian Medical Sciences

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