LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – Bolivian Health Authorities promote traditional medicine to prevent more CODIV-19 infections due to the accelerated increase in cases after a re-outbreak in the Andean country.
The unique smell of the eucalyptus and chamomile plant, among other herbs, was perceived Tuesday outside the Departmental Health Service in La Paz as several healers and authorities explained that boiling and vaporizing them helps prevent the virus. This is not the first time that the government has encouraged Bolivians to turn to traditional medicine to deal with the pandemic, but the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recognize any remedy that can prevent the virus.
“These are expectorant plants,” Vicente Yanahuaya Carrión, head of Traditional Medicine in La Paz, told The Associated Press. “Traditional medicine has helped us a lot to prevent, in some cases also to improve COVID-19,” he added.
In the event, infusions of those plants were distributed that in the regrowth have returned to take center stage.
Marco Videla, an attendee at the event, explained that in 2020 he contracted the disease and resorted to herbal teas and sprays that helped soften his cough. “According to what they say, the virus lodges here (in the throat) and it is necessary to try not to go to the lungs, then these little herbs that are very medicinal with honey or lemon have helped,” he said.
Two weeks ago, the use of plants was also encouraged by President Luis Arce, who assured that both conventional and traditional medicine “are absolutely complementary and useful” given the increase in infections the country is experiencing.
In Bolivia, ancestral medicine is especially rooted in the Andean region, where healers have great influence among the people for having ancient roots.
A record of deaths was broken the day before, with 66 deaths from COVID-19 in one day and 1,781 cases were reported, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Bolivia has a cumulative 202,818 infections and 10,051 deaths.
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