While India is setting new records every day with rising Covid-19 cases, we are also encountering a variety of home remedies to fight the virus on all social media. Not only do these funds promise to boost immunity, but some also claim to cure the disease.
There is no doubt that Indian cuisine is a powerhouse of medicinal ingredients, but are these foods and other home remedies powerful enough to fight a deadly virus? Metrolife finds out whether or not those viral home remedies that are making the rounds on WhatsApp are actually reliable.
Black pepper, ginger and honey
A message was posted on social media claiming that home remedies like consuming black pepper, ginger and honey are a cure for Covid-19 disease. It is alleged that the compound discovered by a student at Pondicherry University was also approved by the World Health Organization.
The Press Information Bureau (PIB) went to Twitter on Sunday to review the claim, saying there is no home remedy for coronavirus and it has not been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Such remedies are recommended for symptomatic relief when a person is dealing with an infection. It can help reduce inflammation and irritation in the throat, but there is absolutely no way this drug can fight Covid, ”says Dr. Siri Kamath, general practitioner.
In the past week, you may have come across a message indicating that inhaling camphor, clove, caramel seed, and eucalyptus oil vapor may help increase oxygen levels.
Experts say there isn’t any scientific evidence to suggest that the camphor packet can help increase your oxygen intake. R Subramaniam, ENT specialist, said there is no logic behind smelling the camphor pot other than reassuring yourself that the sense of smell is intact.
“People started to put the potli in their masks, which could cause other health problems. It’s not at all certain, ”he says.
Two drops of lemon
Two drops of lime in the nose can prevent Covid, claimed the well-known industrialist and VRL chairman Vijay Sankeshwar.
“My family members and 200 others have all used lemon drops and it has improved our immune systems,” he said in an interview.
However, the WHO and the United States National Academies of Engineering and Medicine have stated on their official websites that there is no scientific evidence of lemon juice that could prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Lemon contains vitamin C, which is essential to your health. However, there is no evidence that it can boost or greatly protect the immune system,” the websites say.
“This is a false claim. I urge people not to follow such remedies until they are reviewed by a certified doctor, ”says Dr. Subramaniam.
Gargle warm salt water
Earlier this month, a viral picture circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp groups claiming that drinking plenty of water and gargling warm water with salt or salt can get rid of the virus
The text on the viral picture reads: “Coronavirus stays in the throat for four days before it reaches the lungs. At this point, the person starts coughing and has a sore throat. If he drinks a lot of water and gargles with warm water and salt or vinegar, the virus will be eliminated. Spread this information because you can save someone with this information. “
Dr. Ramesh KN, internist, says this method is not curative. “Due to the high salt content, it can help calm the throat and reduce bacterial load in the pharynx, but this agent is not a cure for Covid-19,” he adds.
PIB has also debunked this rumor that coronavirus can be treated by gargling with warm water mixed with salt and vinegar, calling it false news.
Raw onion and rock salt
This is one of the newest viral resources. The claim was that eating raw onions with rock salt can cure Covid-19.
According to health experts, the combination cannot help COVID19 patients in any way. They recommend maintaining social distance, wearing a double mask and rehabilitating appropriately.
“With home remedies that are widely used by the masses in India, these remedies may have some placebo effects, but they are not a substitute for medical prescriptions,” says Dr. Ramesh.
PIB used social media to share a post that mentioned that the drug has no scientific evidence and that it does not cure the disease.