The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS-, through the Department of Regulation of Human Care Programs, integrates the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Program to contribute to comprehensive health care and thereby avoid complications and accelerate recovery from COVID-19.
This integration is through established technical standards and procedures, recognizing the value and respecting knowledge, resources, methods and ancestral practices, coordinated with Biomedical Medicine or also called Ethical, Clinical or Western, referring to the care of clinics and hospitals Sananga.
“Natural medicine does not only include thinking about medicinal plants that relieve or cure the disease, but represents a process in our way of living, eating and behaving,” said Dr. Enrique Molina, coordinator of the Traditional Medicine Program. and Alternative, from the Department of Regulation of Human Care Programs of the MSPAS.
In Natural Medicine there are antivirals, antioxidants, antiplatelet agents, cholesterol regulators, triglycerides and multiple elements that strengthen the response to various diseases.
“We must coordinate, accept that Traditional Medicine helps Biomedical Medicine, which with considerable scientific advances has advanced in the last 400 years and is an ally for the prevention, cure and monitoring of diseases,” said Dr. .Molina.
It is important to take advantage of the wealth of natural medicine that many foods contain such as Garlic, Ginger, Dandelion, Turmeric, Amaranth, Echinacea, Basil, Thyme, Sesame, Peppermint, Cumin, Pepper, Anise, Onion, Pepitoria, Culantro, Eucalyptus , Green and Chamomile tea, Lemon, Orange, Guava, among others; which contain anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, antiplatelet, fluidizing, and immune system stimulant properties. In addition, reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose levels. It should be remembered not to administer to children under 5 years of age and to give with caution to pregnant women.
To improve the immune system with homemade foods; properly take traditional medicines once or twice a day before and after having Covid-19 such as: Echinacea, which helps improve ear infections, colds and vaginal infections, this can be prepared as an infusion, which can be taken in a cup. three times a day; However, it is important to highlight that it should not be ingested by pregnant women, during breastfeeding, autoimmune diseases and children under five years of age.
“Green Tea helps prevent cholesterol, inflammation, dental health and prevent obesity. You can prepare this with a cup of water and a tablespoon of leaves, plus the juice of a lemon or use the tea sachets; ingest it three times a day, this is only for adults,” concluded Dr. Molina.
Medicinal plants are usually used in most of our homes, with housewives being the ones who have the most experience in their preparation and administration, using them as salads, stews, infusions, macerates, decoctions, tinctures, glycerols, oils, chalks, comforts, vapors or inhalations, syrups or elixirs.
It is important to continue with biosafety measures such as use of a mask, washing hands with soap and water, use of gel and social distancing.