The herbal product, marketed by vitamin company Blackmores as ArmaForce, contains an ingredient with a known side effect of reducing a person’s sense of taste. In some people it removes their sense of taste altogether, which is a listed possible symptom of having COVID-19. MORE: Follow the latest coronavirus news MORE: Scientist warning on airborne risk The ingredient which causes this is Andrographis paniculata, a herb long used in traditional Chinese medicine and the folk medicine practice known as ayurveda in India, where it is called “Indian echinacea”. A bitter-tasting herb, it is rich in compounds known as andrographolides which are thought to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant properties and said to act as a natural immune-booster. Nine newspapers reports pharmacists have reported a rise in people worried they have contracted COVID-19 because they have lost their sense of taste. Armaforce has the herb which reduces sense of smell.Source:Supplied Andrographis is popular for flu and virus like illnesses,Source:Supplied A traditional Chinese herb, Andrographis paniculata is widely used in herbal supplements.Source:Supplied RELATED: Victoria will face six-week lockdownFollow updates on the coronavirus outbreak Blackmores, which makes ArmaForce under its BioCeuticals range, also noticed an increase in “consumer adverse reactions relating to taste… Read full this story
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