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Heat, herbs combo endorsed to ‘kill’ COVID-19

By Chukwuma Muanya
13 January 2022   |   2:44 am
Scientists have endorsed using heat/steam inhalation and herbs to kill Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus type 2 (SARS CoV2) that causes COVID-19.

Nigerian invents, patents process, equipment in U.S. that uses high heat, humidity to inactivate diseases of airways, coronavirus

Scientists have endorsed using heat/steam inhalation and herbs to kill Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus type 2 (SARS CoV2) that causes COVID-19.

A study published in the journal Scientific Africa titled “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and Africa: Acclaimed home remedies” found that aqueous decoctions of herbal remedies especially the leaves were either taken orally or by steam inhalation.


“Natural spices (turmeric, ginger, garlic etc.) and leaves (neem, paw, guava, etc.) with notable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties were found to be beneficial. These home remedies may hold promise in the prophylaxis and cure of COVID-19 infection,” it noted.

The researchers explained how to prepare and administer the herbal concoction for COVID-19 : “Decoctions of bark, leaves and root of Neem tree (Azadirachta indica also called Dogoyaro). Tetrapleura tetraptera, commonly known as Aridan (fruit). The plant is called Prekese in the Twi language of Ghana. It is also called Uhio in the Igbo language of Nigeria. Heliotropium indicum roots also called Indian Heliotrope belonging to the plant family Boraginaceae is a sweet-scented plant (Egbo agogo igun in Yoruba). Khaya grandifoliola bark- Khaya grandifoliola is also called African mahogany, Benin mahogany, large-leaved mahogany, or Senegal mahogany, is a species of plant in the family Meliaceae.

Opuntia dillenii, a well-known member of the Cactaceae family, is used as a medicinal plant in various countries and grows in the desert, semi-desert, tropical and sub-tropical areas. Bird pepper or Capsicum frutescens (also called Ata Ijosin in Yoruba) is a tropical solanaceous plant. Turmeric root is a bright yellow-orange spice commonly used in curries and sauces. Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger, is widely used as a spice.

“Garlic is a plant in the Allium (onion) family. The lemon is citrus fruit and a specie of small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. Paw-paw and Asimina triloba, is a small deciduous tree. Other remedies include unripe pineapple and black seed oil, black pepper, mango and guava leaves. The aqueous decoctions of these remedies especially the leaves were either taken orally or by steam inhalation. Since most of the home remedies are classified as ‘generally regarded as safe’ (GRAS) and in fact already used as food, dosing was not problematic. Generally, one teaspoonful of the powdered spices in 240–250 ml of warm water to be taken three times a day constituted daily routine throughout the period of treatment.”

A Chief Medical Director, of a University College Hospital, had said that he took Vitamin C-1000 mg, chloroquine, turmeric, lemon, unripe pineapple and steam inhalation plus prayer- seven days.

A State Governor reportedly took onion and blackseed oil, blended together and mixed with pure honey: One tablespoon morning and night plus one tablet of vitamin C (1000 mg) daily for seven–10 days.

An old Nigerian woman in the United Kingdom claimed she took ginger, 20 cloves of garlic and lime blended together and made to paste. A scoop of the paste was put in a teacup of boiled water with Lipton tea and 1000 mg of grounded paracetamol. She took it every four-hour for three days.

A Nigerian family in U.S. said they took turmeric powder, ginger, garlic and lemon cooked together with the steam inhaled by covering head with blanket while inhaling the steam from the hot pot for three days.

A former governor of Anambra state, said he took lemon (two or three), ground ginger (one teaspoon), ground turmeric (one teaspoon), ground black pepper (half teaspoon), ground garlic (half teaspoon) mixed in hot water. “The person should breathe-in the steam through the nose for 20–30 minutes. Among the herbal elements in the steam are usually neem (dogoyaro), lemon grass, ginger, mango leaves and guava leaves. If people take the herbal mixture every morning, steam every four days and take vitamin c (1000 mg).”

According to Madagascar Institute of Applied Research, use Artemisia, Neem leaf (dogoyaro leaves); paw paw leaf, garlic and ginger, lime and oranges. “Cook them together for 30 minutes for effective treatment. Inhale as it is being boiled, it clears your lungs for seven–14 days.”

An organic chemistry researcher reported: “Prepare a decoction made with bark, leaves and root of Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) also called Dogoyaro in Yoruba); ten pieces fresh Tetrapleura tetraptera (also called aidan in Yoruba); ten handful of Heliotropium indicum roots (also called egbo agogo igun in Yoruba); ten handful of Khaya grandifoliola bark (also called Eepo Oganwo in Yoruba); a handful of Opuntia dillenii (also called oro agogo in Yoruba); two handfuls of Bird pepper or Capsicum frutescens (also called Ata Ijosin in Yoruba); a handful of turmeric (also called Atale in Yoruba); a handful of garlic or Allium sativum (also called Alubosa aayu in Yoruba); five litres of original honey (called Oyin Igan in Yoruba); and some bottles of local gin (Schnapps).

“Preparation steps- cut the hard parts of the plant materials into small pieces. Arrange them into a new cooking pot. Add five litres of original honey and Schnapps that will be enough to bring it to boil. Place the pot on fire and boil for 45 minutes. Allow it to cool. Dosage- After it has been warmed on fire, drink in this order- children (five ml morning and night and adults (10 ml) morning and night. It is to be taken 45 minutes before breakfast and 45 minutes before bedtime for two weeks.”

MEANWHILE, a Nigerian scientist and industrial technology graduate of Wisconsin Stout University, United States (U.S.), Basil Ogbu, has invented and patented a process and equipment in U.S., which uses high heat and humidity to inactivate diseases of the airways, including coronaviruses. The invention, ‘Steam Therapy Equipment For Good Health and Wellness’, was awarded US Patent number- US 11,116,952 B2- on September 14, 2021.

The Patent’s abstract reads: “A steam therapy equipment including a vessel for heating a mixture of water and organic materials, a compressor to inject pressurised air into the vessel producing pressurised steam. The pressurised steam is conducted into the equipment via one or more valves. The therapy equipment is formed from at least one panel and may include a supporting frame. The therapy equipment includes a temperature sensor to measure the temperature inside the therapy equipment when pressurised steam is admitted via the valves. A patient enters the equipment and is exposed to the pressurized steam, causing dilation of the skin pores of the patient, whereby toxins are removed from the patient. One or more applicators may conduct pressurised steam to specific portions of the body of the patient. The patient maybe provided with a portion of the mixture to consume as part of the steam therapy treatment.”

Ogbu was one of the scientists that were invited by Office of Minister of Science, technology and innovation to a visual/physical meeting of Minister of Science and Technology with scientists on claims of effectiveness of COVID-19 herbal remedies and natural compounds. Ogbu had engaged the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Herbal Remedies and Natural Compounds at a Four-Day Technical Session from September15 to 18, 2020 where he made a detailed presentation on the efficacy and mode of action of his herbal remedy and/or natural compound, in the prevention and management of COVID-19. The FMSTI, in a letter, had invited Ogbu to an interactive meeting to discuss and agree on all claims ready for or requiring clinical trials, in line with the Ministry’s desire to avail Nigerians a homegrown remedy for COVID-19.

Ogbu told The Guardian: “The invention produces high heat and humidity to detoxify the human body through perspiration/sweating.”