Professor Abdurrachman from Medical Faculty of Airlangga University in Indonesia said that the use of herbal medicine to cure Covid-19 is increasing recently as an alternative of curative medicine which hasn’t available now. He pointed out the rise of popularity of virgin coconut oil (VCO), a type of herbal medicine, as anti-viral agent against Covid-19. VCO contains lauric acid (C12), Capric acid (C10) and their monoglycerides (monolaurin and monocaprin) that have antiviral properties. Clinical trial on the function of VCO against Covid-19 is being done in the Philippines. The clinical trials have been previously suggested by Prof. Fabian Dayrit from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and Dr. Mary Newport dari Spring Hill Neonatology, Florida.
Citing oriental medical principles, Prof. Abdurrachman said that human organ is made up in pairs. Solid organ pairs up with hollow organ. In this case lungs as solid organ pair up with colon (large intestine) as hollow organ. He added that according to the western medical theory, Covid likes to stay in the lungs because the alveoli, an important part of the respiratory system whose function is to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide molecules, has angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) which serves as a receptor to Covid. “Covid is found in greater quantity in alveoli compared to other organ,” Prof. Abdurrachman said adding ACE2 is also found in colon.
He explains that according to the oriental medical principle, an attack against lungs is also an attack to colon. During the attack, colon cannot properly discharge toxic materials from the body. As a result toxic substances pile up in the body. To solve this problem, Prof. Abdurrachman recommends the use of VCO to help normalize defecation process which will improve the function of colon. He suggests a Covid patient take 15 ml of VCO after he or she wakes up in the morning, before consuming any food. It is expected that 2-3 hours consuming VCO, he/ she will discharge toxic in his/ her body. Prof. Abdurrachman suggests VCO be distributed at Covid treating hospitals as a simple, cheap and effective alternative medicine to fight against Covid.