Tamil Nadu

‘Nilavembu kudineer’, a much sought-after elixir

GSMCH has served it to 8.63 lakh persons this year

Even as heated debates are going on in various platforms about the efficacy of ‘nilavembu kudineer’ in the wake of dengue outbreak in various districts, the Government Siddha Medical College Hospital (GSMCH) here has served the concoction to 8.63 lakh persons during this year.

Since it plays a pivotal role in curing dengue by tremendously strengthening immunity and increasing the platelet count along with papaya sap, people have reposed faith on the herbal compound ever since Tamil Nadu witnessed chikungunya in 2009.

This concoction gave a lot of relief to the chikungunya patients who suffered from severe muscle and joint pain, one of the side-effects of the fever.

To help the public, the Government Siddha Medical College Hospital here started serving ‘nilavembu kudineer’ through its outpatient section and this exercise continues even now at a time when the public have been battling with unprecedented dengue outbreak.

Since it expedites the recovery of dengue patients along with the allopathic formulations for fever, the concoction has occupied the centre-stage once again. This is evident from the long queue waiting at the Government Siddha Medical College Hospital everyday to drink the concoction on an empty stomach and also to get the bottles for their family members.

“We’ve served the concoction to 7,36,460 persons between January to December last year and 8,63,783 persons have received it till yesterday (October 19) since January this year. On an average, we’re serving it to 900 persons everyday,” says M. Thiruthani, principal (In-Charge), GSMCH, Tirunelveli.

Moreover, the GSMCH is supplying this to educational institutions, primary health centres and private firms situated about 35 km from the hospital everyday following requisitions from these institutions.

Made out of nine herbal ingredients, 700 litres of this concoction is prepared using firewood and it should be consumed within three hours of its preparation.

The ‘nilavembu kudineer’ powder being sold by the Tamil Nadu Medicinal Plant Farms and Herbal Medicine Corporation Limited (TAMPCOL) outlet on the GSMC premises is selling like hotcakes.

Of the 200 Kg ‘nilavembu kudineer’ powder received three days ago, around 120 Kg has been sold till Friday, forcing the officials to place fresh orders.

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