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Saba Hamid asks Covid-19 patients to not consume 'sana makki'

'It dehydrates the patient and he/she can die,' the veteran TV actor shared

Entertainment Desk June 15, 2020
Veteran TV star Saba Hamid is making a point to clear misconception about the consumption of Sana Makki/senna plant to cure coronavirus.

Earlier, photos and videos detailing how consuming leaves of the senna plant or sana makki can cure Covid-19 had gone viral.

However, The Express Tribune found the claim to be misleading as health experts concede that the herbal treatment can boost immunity, however, it is in no way a cure for the deadly virus.

Posts on social media platforms and WhatsApp messages proliferated after Nazir Ahmed, a herbal doctor based in the United Kingdom, claimed that he had cured over 150 Covid-19 patients with the tea specially prepared with the plant.

But that wasn't the case.

Now, the TV legend has also warned people about using the aforementioned plant.

Taking to Twitter, the Punjab Nahi Jaungi star wrote, "Covid patients should not use sana makki, it’s a laxative, it dehydrates the patient and he/she can die, only normal people can take it for constipation but that too once a day and little in quantity, there is no medical evidence that it’s a covid cure."

Earlier, Saba took to social media and requested prayers for fellow industry peer, Rubina Ashraf, who has been tested positive for Covid-19.

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