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Ancient herb kariyat might ease virus symptoms, says MD


The best available protection against the recently identified coronavirus 2019-nCoV might be kariyat, an herbal remedy that’s been used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

Dr Pakakrong Kwankhao, head of Chaopraya Abhaiphubejhr Hospital’s Centre for Evidence-based Thai Traditional and Herbal Medicine, noted that the virus’ symptoms resemble those of the common cold, “which can be difficult to separate from the common flu”.
“So, having a medicine for people to take care of themselves is important,” she said.
The bitter-tasting kariyat (Andrographis paniculate) is good for relieving cold symptoms as well as lung inflammation and strengthens the natural immunity,” Pakakrong said. 
“It’s easy to grow and people can ask around for it since it’s listed on Thailand’s List of Essential Medicines.”
There are Ministry of Public Health recommendations for its use, though, she said.
“It can be used for children and the elderly, but we recommend against pregnant and lactating women using it.”

Published : January 31, 2020

By : The Nation