Doctors see an increased new trend of medical emergencies on over-consumption of natural products and supplements- driven by unproven social media messages to boost immunity against COVID-19.
Almost all are self-medicating with immunity boosters, suggesting a range of home remedies (turmeric, honey, ginger, and some concoctions).
However, using these in moderate or recommended quantity may not cause any harm.
Side-effects of over-consumption
Doctors see a significant spike in the number of patients complaining of side effects that are then traced back to their diets.
– Consumption of decoction of Fenugreek in large doses leads to thinning of blood and can dangerously cause bleeding events in patients with or without liver disease.
– High consumption of special juice diets (especially aloe vera juice) is very dangerous and induces liver injury.
– Excessive amounts of turmeric can cause stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea, and dangerous abnormal heart rhythm.
– Overconsumption of products such as ashwagandha, kaadha (concoctions), and chyawanprash leads to digestion problems and other health issues.
High sale of immunity boosters
According to a survey, immunity boosters are now an increasing trend across categories in medicines and food-related products.
In this survey- products containing honey, chyawanprash, ginger, moringa oleifera, probiotics, green tea, amla, tulsi, turmeric, lemongrass, bitter gourd, berry, saffron have seen a trend upwards, including detox brands.
Proper dosage of immunity boosters- especially among those already suffering from medical conditions.
Good control of blood sugars and BP with appropriate medications
Simple steam inhalation or gargling
Proper hygiene, hand wash/sanitization
Social distancing and use of a mask
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