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Officials in Madagascar are adamant that they have a herbal solution to the current global health crisis - and they've managed to sell their first batch.
￼by Tom Head
The eyes of the world have been drawn to Madagascar this week, after the government rolled out production of a herbal tea which it claims can negate the effects of the disease currently ravaging the planet.
ANKARA / ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar
Days after the US President Donald Trump suggested using disinfectant to combat the COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has recommended an organic concoction to cure the infected patients.
His claim that the concoction named Covid Organics (CVO) – a form of herbal tea – is curing COVID-19 patients has divided public opinion in the island nation, some 400 kilometers (248 miles) off the coast of East Africa.
Taking to Twitter, Rajoelina asked people to believe in the country’s ability. He said all profits accrued through the sale of concoction will be diverted to the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (MIAR).
least this president’s magical elixirs don’t appear to be toxic.
Madagascar’s president Andry Rajoelina went on television this week to promote an organic coronavirus remedy called Covid Organic that he said will “change the course of history."
Medical professional including the head of Madagascar’s Academy of Medicine worry the beverage has not been scientifically tested and could give citizens on the African island a false sense of security.
President Rajoelina took a sip of the organic beverage during his national broadcast to show he supports the quick fix. He said he hoped to “protect our population” by promoting Covid Organic.
TextSenegal orders Madagascar “miracle tea”
Government spokesperson Abdou Latif Coulibaly told public broadcaster RTS that Senegal was ready to test the “miracle” product, officially known as CVO. Senegal has one of the best rates of recovery on the planet, as almost 300 people have recovered from the disease already. Only 671 patients had been infected. Now, Senegal’s president has confirmed that the first batch of the herbal infusion will arrive this week.
But it is Madagascar which leads the way here. The island nation has just 124 cases to note amongst its 27 million citizens. No deaths have been reported as of yet, signalling a major PR boost for the CVO tea.
What is in the Madagascar CVO tea?
African countries showed interest
According to information from the Presidency of the Republic of Madagascar, three African countries Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Guinea Bissau, have enquired details about the CVO.
Senegal President Macky Sall has ordered the remedy after contacting his Madagascar counterpart, according to Senegalese local media.
There are over 33.566 coronavirus cases, 1.469 deaths, and 10,152 recoveries recorded in 52 out of 54 African countries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
What is in the Madagascar CVO tea?
Unarmed Madagascar soldiers went door-to-door in the capital Antananarivo this weekend, doling out sachets of a local herbal tea touted by President Andry Rajoelina as a powerful remedy against the deadly illness
The tonic is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in treating malaria
The locally-brewed treatment is made up of several other herbs exclusive to the island.
It has been developed by the Madagascar Institute of Applied Research (IMRA) but has not been tested internationally – in fact, the Worl Health Organisation (WHO) isn’t entertaining “herbal treatments”.
got it !
The recommended dosage is two cups per day for adults, one cup for children, nothing for pregnant women.
Who have their reservations
“This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” Rajoelina announced at its official launch last week. WHO remains sceptical, as herbal remedies are often dubious in their authenticity.
Madagascar’s claims that it can strengthen the immune system are yet to be verified by any other nation or independent body. As much as we all want a cure, items like a “miracle tea” have a long way to go before they are proved to be successful. However, the Senegalese government is backing its fellow African nation.
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originally posted by: DoctorBluechip
a reply to: Boadicea
why suffer for scientific banality and pedance ? We won't
Artemisia has been shown to be effective in the treatment of malaria. Artemisia annua is an herb traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat fever, inflammation, and malaria. A compound in artemisia was shown to be effective in treating malaria in a clinical trial.Mar 1, 2018
conclusion, the compounds extracted from A. annua, L. radiata, P. lingua, and L. aggregata have been identified to show antiviral activity against SARS-CoV in Vero cell-based CPE/MTS screening. Further structure and activity study has determined that lycorine is an active component in the alkaloid portion of the herbal plant L. radiata. The results from our study provide strong support for the usage of these herbs to treat SARS-CoV infectious diseases. Our results also demonstrated that lycorine is a good candidate for the development of new antiviral medicine.