The Centre for Plant Medicine Research (CPMR) has suggested 17 herbal medicines to the government to consider as a supplement in the treatment of COVID-19.

Nine of the 17 recommended herbal medicines are registered products, while eight others have not been approved by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA).

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A letter from CPMR to the Minister of Health on May 11, 2020, found that 14 different herbal medicines did not meet the required standards for various reasons.

One of the recommended products is the COA Fs products despite current directives from the FDA ordering the company to retrieve their product from the market over E. Coli contamination.

The medicine gained popularity when it was claimed by the manufacturers that their products cure COVID-19.

However, the results of the CPMR do not fully support the claims made by the chair of the COA FS, Prof. Samuel Ato Duncan that the supplement can cure novel coronavirus.

Medications are usually recommended to support the immune system and to treat certain coronavirus symptoms.

Specifically, COA FS “is recommended for use as an immune booster and supportive care to relieve symptoms of COVID-19”.

The recommendations are based on the biological activity of medicinal plants used in drug formulations, product status as FDA registered, the traditional use of herbal ingredients and some chronic toxicity studies, and anecdotal clinical data available for the product.

The nine drugs are part of 33 herbal products submitted to the Ministry of Health for further submission to CSRPM by  Federation of Traditional Medicine Practitioners Associations (GHAFTRAM) to determine their effectiveness in the treatment of COVID-19.

During this time, the Association of Medical Herbal Experts advised the misuse of herbal medicines as a means of strengthening the immune system against a pandemic.

Other products approved by the FDA are Amen Depomix Powder, Herbetine Herbal Powder, Herbetine Herbal Mixture, Viva plus Powder, Ayisaa Opinto Herbal Tea, CD Capsules, Amen Fevermix Capsules and Amen Chestico Capsules.

The centre said they also worked on testing other herbal products.

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