Until now there has not been found a drug that is truly scientifically proven and clinically recognized as a drug to cure Covid-19. Recently, information has circulated that eucalyptus can cure COVID-19 patients. Is it true that this plant is able to fight the Coronavirus? Find the answers here so that you are wiser in responding to the news.
The use of eucalyptus as medicine is already familiar. Eucalyptus has been used in the health world for a long time. Recent research has even revealed that this plant has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-pain properties.
Eucalyptus Able to Treat COVID-19, Myth or Fact?
In herbal medicine, eucalyptus is believed to be effective in treating various diseases, such as asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, inflammation of the gums. This plant can also be used as a wound cleanser and controlling blood sugar levels. To be used as medicine, eucalyptus leaves must be dried first. After drying, the leaves will go through a refining process to produce oil. Later, this oil is commonly used as herbal medicine.
Although eucalyptus has often been used in herbal medicine to treat the above diseases, the use of eucalyptus to treat COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has not been proven. Eucalyptus contains an active compound called eucalyptol. This compound is thought to inhibit the activity of Mpro, an enzyme in the Corona virus that plays a role in the breeding process. With the inhibition of this enzyme, the Corona virus growth is also inhibited.
Although the theory seems convincing, research is still needed on a larger scale to confirm it. In addition, the effectiveness of eucalyptol compounds in the human body is also not very clear.
Warnings on the Use of Herbal Medicines to Treat COVID-19
There are no studies that reveal for certain that certain plants can cure infections caused by the Coronavirus. So, you need to be more critical and careful if you want to take herbal medicines that claim to cure COVID-19. Make sure you consult your doctor before using any medicine, including herbal medicines.
Not all herbal medicines are safe for consumption, especially if they have not passed government trials. You also need to be extra careful if you have a history of certain diseases or are taking any type of medication regularly.
Herbal medicines may be used to maintain a healthy body and indirectly can prevent COVID-19. Even so, keep doing COVID-19 basic prevention efforts, such as washing hands, not touching the face with hands that have not been washed, applying physical distancing, and wearing a mask in every activity, especially in public places.
If you feel unwell or have complaints that are similar to the initial symptoms of COVID-19, immediately do independent isolation and consult a doctor for guidance. You can use the Alodokter application to chat directly with doctors or make an appointment with a doctor in the hospital.