An American doctor has rejected claim of a British doctor that coronavirus could be treated through using qahwa of ‘Sanna Makki’ herb (senna).
Demand for the herb has skyrocketed after a UK-based doctor claimed that he had tested benefits of the herb and found out to be effective in treating COVID-19 patients. A video of him has been doing rounds on social media for one last month.
While, Dr Faheem Younus, the chief of infectious diseases at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, has warned that the herb can have serious side effects.
“Traditional Asian/Chinese herbs can cause kidney or liver damage,” the doctor said. “High concentrations of arsenic, lead, cadmium were found in 61% of herbs.”
“Vitamins are helpful if you’re deficient. But taking them blindly, risks overdose,” he added, explaining that an overdose of Vitamin B or Vitamin C could cause nerve or liver damage, while an overdose of Vitamins A, D, E, and K could lead to nausea, irregular heart beat, and stroke.
He said Sanna Makki was sometimes used in the preparation for colonoscopy. However, it was important to know when its use becomes excessive.
Sanna Makki “can cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, pain, nausea, [and] electrolyte imbalance”, Dr Yousuf explained. “Omega-3, garlic, mangoes, green tea etc have no documented or measurable effect on immunity or protecting against COVID,” he added.
The specialist underscored that such herbs and ‘treatments’ for coronavirus circulating on WhasApp groups and social media were only “distractions and [give] false sense of security”.
“Zinc overdose can cause not just nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain but also REDUCE immunity and bone density. Zinc can also impact the absorption of your regular potentially lifesaving medications,” Faheem Yousuf said.
Dr Younus emphasised that any person should only take a nutrient if they were deficient in it.
Blind and excessive use may cause medical side effects, can be a waste of money and energy and cause distraction, may give people a false sense of security, and could possibly lead to sustainability issues, he maintained.
The American doctor said it was crucial for people to maintain a six-feet distance, avoid crowds, wash hands, and wear face masks — all of which works and has been proven to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.