Turmeric, neem and tulsi effective against coronavirus, says KGMU study If you are someone who regularly consumes turmeric, neem and tulsi in their diet, then you are not just building your immunity against diseases, but may also, to an extent, be blocking novel coronavirus from affecting your body.
The findings are from original research conducted on natural herbal products from Ayurveda undertaken by a team of scientists led by Prof Shailendra Saxena, head of the Centre for Advanced Research (CFAR) at KGMU. The vice-chancellor of KGMU Prof MLB Bhatt was also part of the team. The study, which has been peer reviewed and published in Springer Nature journal of viral diseases, was conducted by 3D structure-based drug designing. “Covid-19 is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
In our research, we studied direct interaction between herbal products and the virus, using viral or host protein to drug. The results proved that some of these known immunity boosting products from Ayurveda, especially curcumin (haldi), nimbin (neem), ashwagandha and black pepper can restrict the virus’ attachment to the host cell receptor ACE2. This they do by inhibition of spike glycoprotein of SARS-CoV-2 or its cellular receptor, thus blocking entry of the virus in our body,” said lead researcher Prof Saxena. “It is suggested that these natural products/drugs from Ayurveda may be useful as therapeutic agents during Covid-19.
They can be used as integrative medicine to work with allopathic medicines patients are being put on. Healthcare workers can be given special doses of these to protect them effectively from falling prey to the virus,” he added. The study claims to be the first of its kind to prove with data that home remedies can be effective against coronavirus to a large extent. “We know the protein structures of these herbal products and the same is known of the virus too. For the study, we interacted a library of herbal products but found that haldi and neem were blocking the virus to the protein ACE2 receptor much more effectively than hydroxychloroquine,” he said.
Prof Saxena also said that this study has been sent to the World Health Organization by Springer Nature, due to its relevance to the outbreak.
There is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.
Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head. Instead of causing more side effects than therapeutic ones - which you can read any drug insert to see is a universally true phenomenon and which ensures the infinite expansion of the pharmaceutical market and all the associated medical services - it has several hundred potential side benefits.
While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric's 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine.
Despite its vast potential for alleviating human suffering, turmeric will never receive the FDA stamp of approval, due to its lack of exclusivity, patentability and therefore profitability. Truth be told, the FDA's "gold standard" for proving the value of a prospective medicinal substance betrays the age old aphorism: "he who owns the gold makes the rules," and unless an investor is willing to risk losing the 800+ million dollars that must be spent upfront, the FDA-required multi-phased double-blind, randomized clinical trials will not occur. For additional details on this rather seedy arrangement read our article on the topic: Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances.
Here at GreenMedInfo.com, we have reviewed over 4,000 study abstracts from the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database known as MEDLINE and have discovered over 580 potential health benefits of turmeric, and/or its primary polyphenol known as curcumin. These can be viewed on our turmeric research page which is dedicated to disseminating the research on the topic to a larger audience.
Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties include:
Again, what is so amazing is not that turmeric may have value in six conditions simultaneously, or that it may improve conditions that are completely resistant to conventional treatment, but that there are over five-hundred and eighty additional health conditions it may also be valuable in preventing and/or treating. Consider also the fact that turmeric grows freely on the Earth, and you will understand why its very existence threatens a trillion-dollar plus conventional medical establishment.
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