Black & Green Tea, Myrobalan can destroy the main protease of coronavirus, IIT Delhi. Image Courtesy – DNA India
According to recent research by IIT Delhi, extracts of black and green Tea (Camellia sinensis) and Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) have been found to have antiviral properties. They can help fight the coronavirus it has the ability to cure patients. Its clinical trial will start soon.
According to scientist Prof Ashok Kumar Patel, medicinal plants can reduce the severity of viral diseases. They prove to be a better treatment option at a lower cost.
According to the research published in the journal ‘Physiotherapy Research’, the scientists observed the effect of 51 medicinal plants on the 3CLP protease protein of the coronavirus. This protein is responsible for the replication of the coronavirus in the body. By targeting this protein, you can control the increasing number of the virus in the body. According to the scientists, there is an element called Gallotannin (or Tannic acid) found in tea and Myrobalan that inhibits the proteins of coronavirus.
Myrobalan is called as ‘Indian hog plum’ in English, ‘Harad’ in Hindi, ‘Kadukkai’ in Tamil, ‘Karakkaya’ in Telugu and ‘Haritaki’ in Bengali. Image Courtesy – https://www.gaiaherbs.com
The scientific research revealed that extracts of black and green Tea (Camellia sinensis) with water and Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) have potential anti-viral activity via in-vitro restriction of the proteolytic activity of the main protease (3CLpro) of coronavirus. It behaved like the potential therapeutic candidates for the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The leader of the research, Prof Ashok Kumar Patel of the Kusuma School of Biological Sciences, IIT Delhi said, “The findings (accepted for revision by a peer-reviewed journal) suggest the possibility of Gallotannin to emerge as a potential therapeutic candidate against SARS-CoV-2 in future. However, larger randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicentre clinical trials would be further needed.”
Dr S K Khare, Dean, R&D and Professor of Chemistry, IIT Delhi said, “Indian herbal and medicinal plants have a vast repository of bioactive components useful in combating many diseases. In this context, the beneficial effects of the tea in eliciting relief for COVID related conditions have been increasingly evidenced. The study carried out by Prof Patel and his group further revealed the effect of tea in inhibiting the nCoV protease, which will have significant implications once substantiated in vivo.”
IIT Delhi researched on the therapeutic effects of Tea and Indian hog plum. Image Courtesy – IIT Delhi
Expert advises not to take more than 2cups of black or green tea in a day
Dr Kiran Gupta, Ayurveda and Naturopathy expert says that when the virus attacks, the body starts releasing interferons. These interferons eliminate most viruses in the first stage itself. Gallotannin strengthens these interferons to protect them from virus infection.
No more than two cups of green or black tea should be taken during the day. The most important thing is not to use sugar in it and drink before 6 pm in the evening otherwise there may be a complaint of insomnia.
In both types of tea, you can use honey instead of sugar, but after the tea cools, add honey, otherwise, its nutrients get exhausted. To make it more beneficial, a few drops of lemon juice can be added.
In Charak Samhita, Indian hog plum or Myrobalan has been described as a cleaner of the intestines. It has been proved in many types of research that most of the diseases of the body start from the stomach. Myrobalan helps to cleanse it so that immunity increases. It also prevents the intestines from drying out.
Reference: IIT Delhi, Business Insider, News Bust, Dainik Bhaskar, Gaia Herbs