Herbal treatment for Covid has no scientific basis – Pajhwok Afghan News


JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A herbal medicine expert from the eastern province of Nangarhar claimed to produce an effective drug against the coronavirus, without side effects. However, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has already announced that there are no drugs except vaccines against the disease.

The MoPH has made it clear on several occasions that no scientific experiment has so far proven that the herbal drugs are effective in treating the deadly disease.

Malakzai, an expert in herbal medicine, claimed he had treated more than 350 coronavirus patients and that some suspected patients from remote areas were still contacting him for treatment.

To prepare the medicine, the man collected medicinal plants from the mountainous regions of the provinces of Kunar, Nuristan, Nangarhar and Logar. He personally visited some areas to get the right herbs.

This journalist from Pajhwok, who met Malakzai, learned that the drug has no side effects and is fully effective. Malakzai said, “Neither narcotics nor drugs have been used in this medicine.

“If the government has a testing process, I am ready to offer the drug for analysis. They can verify it. If they see a side effect, I’m willing to pay the penalty.

He said a Covid-19 patient had to pay him 200 afghanis because the plants used in this drug came from remote areas.

Malakzai said the medicine he made was powdered and tasted bitter. Its dosage and use is based on the patient’s condition – one to three times. Each patient should consume at least one dose for their recovery.

He learned about herbal medicine from the book of Hippocrates and from the scholarly works of other Greek physicians. Malakzai said his teacher was his father Maulvi Shahabuddin, a graduate of the Najmuddin Akhundzada Madrassa.

In addition to treatment for the coronavirus, Malakzai prescribes this drug for people with high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and several other illnesses.

Checking the facts:

The use of herbal medicine in Afghanistan is deeply rooted in the culture. Some herbal medicines can relieve muscle soreness. Canadian Editorial Al Donato investigates the use of herbal products to improve antibodies against certain viruses.

According to the RIT survey, in Afghanistan 61% of the propaganda on social media is related to the use of herbal products in the wake of the coronavirus.

No scientific experiment has so far proven the effectiveness of herbal products in the treatment of coronavirus. The most important thing about the disease is that the use of herbal remedies, unless they are obtained from pure herbs, is not effective.

Nangarhar University professor and homeopath Dr Syed Rahat Haidari said herbalists mainly use drugs in their medicine. This provides immediate relief to the patient, but its long-term use could lead to more complications.

Public health director Dr Naseer Ahmad Durrani said homeopathic treatment was popular in villages and suburbs. In urban areas too, he added, it had become a profitable business.

The public health department, he explained, appointed a committee to assess the documents and certificates of herbalists – commonly known as hakim.

He said at least 20 of those stores have been inspected so far and some of them have been sealed. The inspection and assessment process is still ongoing, he added.

The MoPH also agreed that no treatment other than vaccines is beneficial for Covid-19 patients. Earlier, deputy health ministry spokesperson Massouma Jafari told Pajhwok Afghan News that no scientific experiment has so far proven the production of a herbal drug against the coronavirus.

She insisted that no effective treatment for the pandemic was currently available in the world. The only precautionary measure is vaccination, she explained.

Jafari said the world has carried out several experiments but scientists and experts have yet to find an effective drug against the pandemic. She urged people not to trust such rumors and to strictly follow health guidelines.

Earlier, Hakeem Alkozai – another herbalist, claimed to manufacture coronavirus drugs. But the MoPH rejected the drug Hakeemi made and warned that its use could lead to drug addiction because the drop contained opium.

Results: No scientific evidence exists to show that herbal drugs are effective against the coronavirus. More importantly, the use of plants is not beneficial.

Verdict: Herbal treatment for coronavirus is a baseless claim, without scientific proof.

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“This investigation report has been produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of Pajhwok and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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