The Minister of Health Olivier Véran reminded us in a tweet, on April 14, 2020: if you have symptoms that may suggest coronavirus, do not take anti-inflammatory drugs.
Indeed :Advil®, Aspirin®, Antarene®, Ibuprofen, Nurofen®, Spedifen® and all anonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work to decrease the body’s immune response. This immunosuppressive effect would promote infection with Covid-19 and the development of potentially serious complications.
Warning ! As the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) reminds us in a press release published this Friday, April 17, 2020, “some food supplements contain plants with anti-inflammatory properties that can act as [médicaments] non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)“.
Herbal medicine: some plants are anti-inflammatory
The consumption of certain plants (in herbal tea, in mother tincture or even in macerate) would therefore have the effect of “disrupt the body’s natural defenses, which are useful for fighting infections and, in particular, against Covid-19“.
Which plants should you avoid? ANSES specifically mentions 12 plants, common in herbal medicine: willow, meadowsweet, birch, poplar, goldenrod, polygalas, echinacea, turmeric, or even harpagophytum, known to fight against rheumatism attacks. Without forgetting the plants of the genera Boswellia and Commiphora.
The recommendation of the experts? “People consuming these food supplements for preventive purposes must immediately stop their consumption as soon as the first symptoms of Covid-19 appear.“And for people with chronic pathologies partially treated with herbal medicine, medical advice is required.
Depending on the pain for which you are taking any of these anti-inflammatory herbs, the doctor will decide whether or not you can continue to take it safely. Because, as Dr Anne-Laure Rousseau, director of the Covid 19 prevention site, emphasizes C19.info who intervened during a Facebook live, so far, no case of worsening of the disease due to a natural anti-inflammatory has been identified.
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