With Coronavirus cases surging across the country, India is witnessing an acute shortage of oxygen. Amid this, a post is being shared on social media with a claim that Homeopathy medicine Carbo Vegetabilis 30 or 200 is a ‘substitute for medical oxygen’.
“जरूरी सूचना कूछ दिन से देश के सभी NEWS CHANNEL पर एक खबर चल रही है…OXYGEN की कमी…आप सब भी देख रहे होगे…डरने की कोई बात नही मिञो…जिस भी भाई को सांस लेने मे दिकत हो रही है या सांस लेने मे घबराहट होती है!!! Carbo vegetabilis 30 or 200 (Homeopathy medicine) की दो तीन बूंदे अपनी जीभ पर डाले फिर result देखे..इस medicine को Homeopathy मे oxygen cylinder कहा गया है..ये शरीर मे oxygen की माञा को पूरी करती है….ऐ medicine हर homeopathy store पर है…जिस भाई को भी सांस लेने मे दिकत है ….homeopathic oxygen cylinder(CARBO VEG.) अपने घर रख सकता है…फिर मिलेगे Dr Amrik Singh Kanda Moga Punjab,” the post read.
(Translation: Important information. For the past few days, there is news on all the news channels of the country… Lack of OXYGEN… You all must be watching… There is nothing to be afraid of friends… Whoever has a problem in breathing…Put two or three drops of Carbo vegetabilis 30 or 200 (Homeopathy medicine) on your tongue and see the result… This medicine is called oxygen cylinder in Homeopathy.. It fulfils the dose of oxygen in the body… This medicine is at every homoeopathy store… Whoever has a problem in breathing…homoeopathic oxygen cylinder (CARBO VEG. ) Can keep it at his home… Will meet again Dr Amrik Singh Kanda Moga Punjab) )
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.
Firstly, we started our investigation by checking the website of the Ministry of AYUSH. On the website, we found a list of guidelines for Homeopathy practitioners for treating COVID-19 patients in home isolation, released by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH). The list also mentions some Homeopathic medicines but Carbo vegetabilis is not mentioned as the main treatment in the guidelines issued by the ministry.
However, the guidelines mention that ‘Medicines like Phosphorus, Chelidonium, Veratrum Viride, Iodum, Camphora, Cinchona officinalis, Lycopodium, Ars.iod., Antim ars., Stannum met, Carbo veg., can be prescribed basis the symptomatic indication’. And they should be taken the approval of authorities and willingness of the patient/guardian.
According to a website called NDHealthFacts, Carbo veg is the most common remedy for acute fainting episodes where a person feels like there is a lack of air. The site also mentions that it can be in cases such as gas/bloating in the upper abdomen.
The website of the US National Library of Medicine also mentions that the Carbo veg is used to treat ‘abdominal bloating with gas’.
Moreover, we also found a tweet by the government’s nodal information agency, Press Information Bureau (PIB), rubbishing the viral claim.
“Claim: 2-3 drops of a homoeopathic medicine called ‘Carbo vegetabilis can fulfil the amount of oxygen in the body. #PIBFactCheck : This claim #Fake. Be sure to consult a doctor if you have difficulty in breathing,” PIB tweeted.
Earlier, NewsMobile had fact-checked a similar post where it was being claimed that
Aspidosperma Q 20 can be used as a substitute to increase the blood oxygen level.
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral claim is false and misleading. NewsMobile would request all its readers to consult a doctor before using any medicines to treat coronavirus or otherwise.
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