The World Health Organization has approved testing of traditional medicinal herbs that can help to treat the COVID infections. Recently, the WHO experts approved a protocol for testing medicinal herbs collected in Africa, recognizing plants as a potential treatment for the coronavirus and other epidemics. About a month ago, the scientists researching COVID-19 raised the question of the need to use certain medicinal plants to combat the pandemic.
The discussion of the issue led to the approval of testing herbs according to the criteria used for certain molecules developed in scientific laboratories in Asia, Europe and the US. A striking example of the use of the medicinal plants to fight a viral infection was the proposal of the President of Madagascar.
He spoke of the need to popularize the wormwood-based drink. The plant proved to be highly effective in treating malaria, but its use in the fight against the coronavirus has been received with the skepticism among the scientists.
However, after a thorough detailed study of that issue and discussion of the effectiveness of the medicinal drink, the experts from the World Health Organization concluded that it is necessary to approve one of the protocols for clinical trials of medicinal herbs for the treatment of the COVID-19, as well as the charter and terms of reference for the creation of a commission to monitor data and safety for clinical medicinal herbs.
The experts say that the third phase of clinical trials of medicinal herbs may be critical for a complete assessment of the safety and effectiveness of the proposed method. Traditional medicine products are often proven to be safe.
If it happens that time, then WHO will recommend the herbs and the drugs based on them for accelerated large-scale local production. A wormwood-based medicine created in Madagascar is called COVID-Organics or CVO. It is popular in Madagascar and is now being successfully used in some countries of Africa.