Public Awareness and Bio-management of COVID-19 by Four Medicinal Herbs in District Bhimber, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan

Public Awareness and Bio-management of COVID-19 by Four Medicinal Herbs

Authors

  • Tanveer Hussain Department of Botany, Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mirpur-10250 (Bhimber Campus, AJ&K), Pakistan
  • Muhammad Ishtiaq Department of Botany, Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mirpur-10250 (Bhimber Campus, AJ&K), Pakistan

Keywords:

Medicinal herbs, Antiviral plants, Healing agents, Immunity enhancer, COVID-19

Abstract

The current research work is focused on awareness and bio-management of COVID-19 through four selected natural medicinal herbs (MHs) in District Bhimber, Azad Jammu, and Kashmir (AJK), Pakistan. It was observed that the mortality rate is extremely high in people having weak immune systems, especially with pre-existing health problems. We have conducted questionnaire surveys protocol in different societies about COVID-19 assessment. After the field survey of the coronavirus, we used extracts of selected herbs against the patients of COVID-19 in a local hospital. In these preliminary experimental trials, we have tried to compile the effects of different MHs and their bioactive components that have the potential to combat the infection of COVID-19. The treatment of MHs can also be improved the immune system of the patients and future risk of viral attack can be minimized. The extracts of selected MHs (Allium sativum L, Zingiber officinale Roscoe, Piper nigrum L., and Vitex negundo L.) were given to
already symptomatic patients with COVID-19 in the District Headquarter (DHQ) hospital Bhimber, AJK. The crude extracts of MHs showed 90 % positive results against COVID-19 patients in the preliminary experimental trials. The ‘Allium sativum and Zingiber officinale’ were showed the best recovery rate with 95 % and 87 % respectively. Thus,  it was proved that MPHs can help in the reduction of the mortality rate. Therefore, it is concluded that the MHs have also been considered as the best healing agents against this epidemic virus as well as boost-up the immune system of human beings. This article will help research laboratories and industries in the identification and scrutinization of potential medicinal herbs against COVID-19 and other viruses as well in the future.

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2021-08-11

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Hussain, T. ., & Ishtiaq, . M. . (2021). Public Awareness and Bio-management of COVID-19 by Four Medicinal Herbs in District Bhimber, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan : Public Awareness and Bio-management of COVID-19 by Four Medicinal Herbs. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: B. Life and Environmental Sciences, 58(S), 69–76. Retrieved from https://ppaspk.org/index.php/PPAS-B/article/view/474