Ancient herb kariyat might ease virus symptoms, says Thai doctor

The bitter-tasting kariyat is said to be good for relieving cold symptoms.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): 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 that it not be used by pregnant and lactating women.” - The Nation/Asia News Network

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