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Covid-19: Doctors caution of liver damage linked to giloy | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Proving that certain herbs and traditional medicines taken to ward off Covid-19 could cause severe harm, Mumbai doctors found at least six patients with severe liver damage between September and December 2020. These patients came with complaints of jaundice and lethargy, after which the doctors found each had a history of taking a concoction of herb Tinospora cordifolia, locally known as ‘giloy’ in Hindi or ‘guduchi’ in Sanskrit.

A 62-year-old woman died four months after she was rushed to hospital with fluid accumulation in her abdomen — a sign of liver failure. “We, for the first time, found severe liver injury, proven using biopsy, related to the herb Tinospora cordifolia,” said hepatologist Dr Aabha Nagral, lead author of a study published in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology, an international peer-reviewed journal published by the Indian National Association for the Study of the Liver.
Liver transplant surgeon Dr A S Soin, who wasn’t connected to the study, said he too had seen five giloy-related liver damage cases. One of his patients, too, died. “Many took to giloy during the pandemic to boost their immunity and as an antioxidant. Unfortunately, many suffered liver toxicity due to it,” he said. Except for the deaths, the other patients made full recovery a couple of months after stopping the herb.
Giloy is among the several alternative medicines recommended by the Ayush ministry as an immune booster against the Covid-19-causing SARS-CoV-2.




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