Fact Check: Patanjali’s Coronil, To Use or Not to Use?

Fact Check: Patanjali’s Coronil, To Use or Not to Use?

Patanjali recently released a timeline of research work supporting Coronil’s efficacy in Covid-19 treatment. WHO’s South Asia division later clarified that it is not reviewed or certified. Let’s see what’s the deal with this Ayurvedic medicine since its launch last year.

Crux of the Matter

What Is Patanjali Ayurved?
Started by Ramdev and Balkrishna in 2006, it is an Indian consumer goods company, that manufactures mineral and herbal products.

Ayurvedic Medicine Against Covid-19?
Patanjali launched the Coronil kit last year, which consisted of tablets called Coronil and Swasari Vati, and an Anu Oil. 

Lack Of Scientific Evidence?
In June 2020, Ramdev claimed that Coronil cured 19 Covid patients. But, the Indian Govt said it was only an immunity booster. Consequently, lawsuits were filed in Bihar and Rajasthan against Ramdev, Balkrishna, and others, for selling fake medicines.

WHO VS. Patanjali
19 Feb 2021: Ramdev released a research paper by Patanjali Research Institute and said “Coronil will benefit 158 countries globally.”

Shortly thereafter, WHO South Asia tweeted:

Patanjali tweeted as a clarification.

What’s More?
The Madras High Court even fined Patanjali ₹10,00,000. The UK drug regulator threatened action if the products were found in their market. Patanjali then withdrew the claim of Coronil being a cure for Covid-19. 

Good Reception Despite Controversies?

“Coronil received a huge response despite all controversies. We have data which suggests that more than 1 crore people have consumed it”


Patanjali spokesperson S K Tijarawala said Coronil has done a business of ₹500 crores in the last 7 months.

  • Patanjali Yogpeeth is an institute founded for the promotion and practice of Yoga and Ayurveda. It has two Indian campuses, Patanjali Yogpeeth I and Patanjali Yogpeeth II in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Other locations include the UK, US, Nepal, Canada and Mauritius. Ramdev is the Vice-Chancellor of the Patanjali Yogapeeth.
  • Swami Ramdev – Ek Sangharsh is an Indian biopic television series based on the life of Baba Ramdev. It premiered on 12 February 2018 on Discovery Jeet. The show launched on Netflix with the title Swami Baba Ramdev: The Untold Story.