We all very well know about the COVID 19 epidemic. COVID 19 spread all around the world and all nations treating this according their culture and knowledge. As this pandemic spread at high speed, so people didn’t get enough time to understand it completely and according to their observation they apply different methods to treat it. In all these methods one of the suggestion is tea. There is no scientific prove that tea can be used to treat COVID 19. But there are many hypotheses that can prove that COVID 19 can prevent if we use different types of tea that can boost our immune system. So tea can be use not to treat but to avoid COVID19.

WHETHER TEA CURE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19
Iqra Rehman
Iqra Rehman

WHETHER TEA CURE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

We all very well know about the COVID 19 epidemic. COVID 19 spread all around the world and all nations treating this according their culture and knowledge. As this pandemic spread at high speed, so people didn’t get enough time to understand it completely and according to their observation they apply different methods to treat it. In all these methods one of the suggestion is tea. There is no scientific prove that tea can be used to treat COVID 19. But there are many hypotheses that can prove that COVID 19 can prevent if we use different types of tea that can boost our immune system. So tea can be use not to treat but to avoid COVID19.

First I am giving different e.g of different regions of world that are using their cultural tea to treat COVID 19.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A chemical compound prevalent in tea might be able to inhibit the proliferation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the human body, according to the latest findings of a Taiwanese hospital.

The theaflavin extracted from locally grown Taiwanese tea may be an inhibitor for the coronavirus, which relies on a type of protease to replicate, according to Wu Ching-yuan, head of the Chinese medicine division of the Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital’s Chiayi branch. Among the various types of tea in Taiwan, fermented tea contains even more theaflavin, he said.

The findings were published by the Journal of Medical Virology on March 22. Wu stressed that the report was based on molecule docking studies.

It remains to be seen how much a Flavin is required to produce the inhibitive effects, Wu said. Nevertheless, he said the study opened the door to further medical research on the topic.

The team discovered that theaflavin could be docked in a certain protease that catalyzes the replication of the virus’ RNA, thus lowering proteolytic activation. Remdesivir, a medication currently being used in the U.S. to treat some coronavirus patients, involves the same protease, said Wu.

Coronavirus Secret Cure: Blend These Herbs and Drink it, Says Indonesia President Joko Widodo… If you are looking for a cure or how to battle against Coronavirus or COVID-19 that is widely spreading today, Indonesian President Joko Widodo might have an answer to this question. The president recommended and shared a recipe that he commonly drinks every day in order to protect his body from the virus. Are you willing to try it? If you believed that medicinal herbs could cure diseases, President Joko Widodo thinks so. As reported via Bloomberg, President Widodo has a tip for all people battling to cure or prevent getting the viral disease Coronavirus that now infected over 100,000 people around the world.

Widodo said in a statement posted on their website that he has been drinking a specific type of tea that makes his body more immune to getting the disease. A common drink in Southeast Asia called ‘Jamu,’ is a mixture of red ginger, lemongrass, turmeric, and Curcuma, a type of turmeric native to Southeast Asia.

As explained, Widodo has been drinking Jamu three times a day since the spread of the virus and has not felt any negative effects on his body, aside from the fact that he interacts with a lot of people every day.

“I drink the mixture instead of tea now,” Jokowi said in the statement. “I give the drinks to my guests, be it the morning, afternoon, or evening.”

Jamu was said to be a native herbal medicine used in Asian countries that claim to cure diseases, from common flu, uric acid, and even stomach ache. Aside from that, Jamu drink also claims to have an effect on sexual factors for men, which increases stamina.

As of now, medicinal herbs are not yet verified by the World Health Organization or any health experts that can cure or battle against Coronavirus or COVID-19. However, President Widodo claimed that demand for this blended mixture is now increasing than before and even advised citizens to grow their own herbs in order to have their supply for the common herb ingredients.

ACCORDING TO Ned Heagerty, co-owner of Silk Road Teas, for his thoughts on teas during this current coronavirus pandemic. “Generally, the more oxidized a tea is, the fuller its body and flavors, with the result [being that] they have a warming effect. Warming generally brings relaxation. Relaxation of the mind and body helps keep one healthy.” He recommends drinking oxidized Oolong teas and fermented Pu-erh teas for their strength building effects. As with any tea or herbs, please consult with your healthcare provider before drinking any of these brews due to potential allergies and serious drug interactions, or if you are pregnant.

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EXAMPLE OF TEA FOR TREATMENT OF OTHER VIRUSES:

According to a report by Asahi Shimbun in Japan on August 1, 2009, Japanese researchers have developed a new flu drug using a green tea extract. Animal experiments have shown that the drug can inhibit influenza virus infection as effectively as anti-flu drugs Tamiflu.

Additional inhibitory effects of tea extract on the growth of influenza A and B viruses in MDCK cells.

As early as 1990, Nakayama M and others used Chinese Sichuan 2/87 influenza virus A, former Soviet Union 100/83 influenza virus B, and Madin-Dary canine kidney (MDCK) cells propagated on 11-day-old chicken embryos to study black tea The extract (20 g of black tea soaked in 80 ml of phosphate buffer solution) has an inhibitory effect on influenza virus. Mixing 11ul / ml tea extract with an influenza virus for 60 minutes can effectively inhibit the adsorption of the influenza virus on MDCK cells, and the inhibition rate is above 80%. Short-term contact between the virus and black tea extract can also reduce the degree of virus infection on MDCK cells. Treating MDCK cells with tea extract at a concentration of 50ul / ml, and then infecting them with influenza virus, the infection inhibition rate was 85%, but when MDCK cells were infected with the virus, there was no inhibitory effect. It can be seen that the black tea extract has only a preventive effect on influenza virus A or B, and has no therapeutic effect after infection. Studies on the direct inactivation effect of tea polyphenols on influenza virus A3 have shown that in a mass concentration range of 3.12 to 50 ug / ml, influenza virus A3 is cultured under the condition of mixed tea polyphenols, and tea polyphenols have significantly reduced virus activity and Inhibition of virus proliferation. Experiments have shown that tea polyphenols have a significant anti-influenza virus A3 effect in the mass concentration range of 6.25-50ug / ml. Researchers at Japan’s Showa University have found that catechins in tea can inhibit the activity of influenza virus, and insisting on gargle with tea can effectively prevent influenza.

Influenza is caused by viruses that proliferate on raised mucosal cells in the nose and throat.

Often gargle with tea or drink more tea, catechins can cover the raised mucosal cells to prevent the influenza virus from binding to the mucosa and kill the virus. The research results show that oolong tea, black tea, and green tea all contain catechins, and green tea has the best effect in preventing influenza.

The Role of Tea in Fighting SARS virus

On April 16, 2003, the WHO announced that the pathogen of SARS disease suggested a new variant of the virus concerned and named it SARS coronavirus. The 3CL protease is considered to be the key to SARS-CoV replication in host cells. From the 72 components of the natural product information library, people have screened components that are resistant to 3L protease, phenol. Further research on 3CL protease inhibitory activity of green tea, oolong tea, puer tea, and black tea extracts, found that the extracts from puer tea and black tea were more active than green tea and oolong tea. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America reported in 2003 that theanine of tea can increase the body’s ability to resist the infection of the virus by five times. Theanine is broken down into ethylamine in the human liver, and ethylamine can be called ‘Vγ2Vδ2 T cells’ are human blood immune cells, and then T-cells promote the secretion of ‘ IFN-γ interferon’, forming a ‘chemical defense line’ for the body to resist infection, responding to external aggression, resisting viruses, bacteria and Fungus.  Researchers point out that drinking 5 small cups of tea a day is enough to help the body significantly strengthen resistance to specific bacterial infections. Drinking tea for two consecutive weeks can increase resistance to bacteria, but drinking coffee for two weeks does not have the same effect. In addition, tea contains a large amount of anti-oxidant effects on tea polyphenols. If the body contains certain antioxidants, it can enhance immunity. Tea is also rich in vitamin c, vitamin e, trace elements zinc and selenium, and these elements are medically effective substances to improve human immunity.

Of course, it’s not that the virus is here and we only start drinking tea, and we can immediately improve the immunity. We must adhere to a long-term sustainable healthy drinking tea to effectively improve immunity.

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The Role of Tea in Fighting HIV

Studies have shown that catechins and green tea extracts in tea have a strong inhibitory effect on HIV virus reverse transcriptase. EGCG, the main ingredient in green tea extract, can bind to CD4, thereby reducing the expression of CD4 on the cell surface, and competitively inhibiting the binding of HIV membrane glycoprotein GP120 to CD4, thus protecting some facial lymphocytes from attack.

Tea compound targeted as potential coronavirus inhibitor

Taipei, March 25 (CNA) Researchers in Taiwan have identified an antioxidant compound in locally grown black tea leaves, as a potential inhibitor of protease activity in SARS‐CoV‐2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Chiayi Chang Gung Memorial Hospital said Wednesday. A Taiwanese research team led by Wu Ching-yuan, head of the hospital’s Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, used a high-performance computing system to identify potential antiviral components and herbals in traditional plants, the university said in a statement that day. After undertaking research, the team found that theaflavin, a polyphenolic compound in black tea, shows broad‐spectrum antiviral activity against several viruses and could be used as a lead compound for the development of a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV-2) inhibitor that targets an enzyme known as RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp). In coronaviruses, RdRp is an important protease that catalyzes the replication of RNA from RNA template and is an attractive therapeutic target, according to Wu. SARS-CoV-2 virus RdRp is also a primary target for the antiviral drug, Remdesivir. which has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the most promising drug currently available for the treatment of COVID-19, Wu noted. Remdesivir works by inhibiting RdRp, which many RNA viruses — including coronaviruses — use to replicate them. The antiviral effects of theaflavin are similar to those of Remdesivir, Wu said.

However, the exact in vivo effect is still unclear, and further research is needed to confirm the mechanism whereby theaflavin targets SARS‐CoV‐2, Wu stressed. The findings were published by the American Society for Microbiology March 13 in the Journal of Medical Virology, according to the Chiayi hospital.

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An article claiming that drinking tea may help prevent novel coronavirus infections has raised questions among the public and academics. According to the article, researchers from the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention found through experiments that in cells cultured in vitro, tea, which is rich in polyphenols, works well in killing the virus extracellular and suppressing its intracellular proliferation. Based on this, the research team suggested that drinking tea could help prevent novel coronavirus infections. An immunologist told The Paper that the novel coronavirus infects alveolar epithelial cells. But the tea we drink won’t reach the lungs anyway. Even if the in vitro experiments prove that tea can inhibit or kill the virus, it doesn’t mean that drinking tea can do the same, said the immunologist. After in vitro tests, trials on animals should be conducted, and then human clinical trials can be considered. The results of in vitro tests are not enough to conclude that drinking tea can help prevent novel coronavirus infections, the immunologist added.

The article, published by the WeChat account of Zhejiang CDC on Feb 26, has been removed. Staff from the center said the latest research findings will be published via the WeChat account after finishing procedures.

Now I am sharing different examples of tea that work fast to boost our immune system and use in different parts of world.

ROSEMERY:

Everyone should have at least one rosemary plant, either for culinary purposes, ornamental style (think cute topiaries on tables), low-water landscape reasons—or for making healing, aromatic, and flavorful tea. Rosemary is known for being antioxidant-rich, antimicrobial, and high in anti-inflammatory compounds, largely due to its polyphenolic compounds like carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid.

ECHINACEA:

Echinacea is a beautiful plant whose leaves and roots have been used for centuries to help ward off winter illness and for other medicinal purposes. In clinical trials, echinacea has shown to be as effective as Tamiflu and with fewer side effects due to having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.

LICORICE ROOT:

Long used in traditional Chinese medicine for various conditions, including infections, coughs, and digestive issues, studies now show that licorice could be effective at halting several species of bacteria and some viruses. Plus, it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is excellent at loosening up mucus.

ROSE HIP:

Traditionally, rose hips (the seed pods of Rosa rugosa) were used in teas to cure scurvy and other ailments. Today they are used in everything from body and face products to jams and vinegars, and have been linked to many health benefits, including improved immunity, heart health, and weight loss. Fresh rose hips are high in natural vitamin C, in fact 25% more than citrus, making them excellent at warding off sickness.

REFERENCES

https://www.techtimes.com/articles/248004/20200312/coronavirus-secret-cure-blend-these-herbs-and-drink-it-says-indonesia-president-joko-widodo.htm

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3904272

https://focustaiwan.tw/sci-tech/202003250015

https://www.gardenista.com/posts/immune-boosting-teas-herbs-plants-coronavirus/

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