Can the humble clove (cengkih) really cure COVID-19?
Take a look at the latest culinary claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Clove (Cengkih) Can Cure COVID-19!
The humble clove (cengkih) has been promoted as a cure for COVID-19, shortly after the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread globally.
Every now and then, people will share messages claiming that eating cloves cured them, their family or their friends of COVID-19.
Here is a recent voice message in Malay (with a picture) that is being shared on WhatsApp as evidence that the humble clove can cure COVID-19.
Here is a rough transcript in English :
Peace be unto you.
I’m a resident here and I want to advise those who contracted COVID-19 to eat cloves. Please spread this out to everyone, your friends, no matter where they are.
Please ask those who has COVID-19 to eat cloves. Chew and then swallow with water. Peace be to God.
Chew and eat 5 to 6 of the cloves. Just eat like that, and then drink water. Peace be to God.
My friends who got COVID-19 have all been cured after eating clove. After 5-6 minutes, they can breathe properly. Their throats feel so clean.
Peace be to God. Those who get COVID-19, please cooperate and eat cloves. No need to cook them. Just chew and swallow with water.
In 5 to 6 minutes, you will be able to breathe and your throat won’t feel stuffy. Peace be to God.
Please spread this to your friends, relatives, no matter where they are.
Peace be unto you.
Clove (Cengkih) : Great For Food, Useless Against COVID-19
The clove (Syzygium aromaticum) also known as bunga cengkih in Malay and Ding Xiang (丁香) in Chinese is extensively used in Asian cooking.
Whether it’s Malay, Chinese or Indian cuisine, the humble clove is often used for its rich flavour and spicy aroma.
However, the clove is absolutely USELESS against COVID-19. All those viral messages about cloves preventing or curing COVID-19 are FAKE NEWS!
The clove can neither prevent, nor cure, COVID-19. It has ZERO EFFECT on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
If you need evidence, just look at how COVID-19 surged in India, Indonesia and Malaysia – countries where cloves are extensively used in local cuisine!
Even though we Asians consume cloves all the time, our citizens are still getting infected by COVID-19.
In addition, breathing difficulties in COVID-19 are not caused by a “blocked throat”, but rather – pneumonia and damage to the blood vessels in the lungs.
So even if chewing cloves relieves your throat, it has NO EFFECT on breathing difficulties caused by severe COVID-19.
Stop wasting cloves by chewing them. Get vaccinated against COVID-19, and enjoy your cloves in your next meal!
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