New Delhi: Qualified AYUSH doctors can prescribe government-approved tablets or mixtures as immunity boosters for Covid-19 patients as per the directions in the March 6 order of the Ministry, said the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

However, these doctors cannot prescribe or advertise them as a cure for Covid-19, said a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan.

The apex court order was passed on an appeal filed against the Kerala High Court decision on  August 21 holding that AYUSH doctors shall not prescribe tablets or mixtures as cures for Covid-19, but only as immunity boosters.

The Kerala High Court in its order had asked the state government to use alternative medicine such as homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and naturopathy only as an immunity booster.

However, the order had prohibited AYUSH doctors from advertising or prescribing medicines as a cure for Covid-19, except those specifically mentioned in the Centre’s advisory on March 6, 2020.

An appeal was filed in the top court by Dr AKB Sadbhavana Mission School of Homeo Pharmacy against the Kerala High Court order.