‘Desi totkas’ in Pakistan have always been in vogue. When desperate times come, Pakistanis no matter how educated they are revert to workarounds, fake medicine, hakeems, qahwas, kalonjis and stuff like that for cure and relief.
Same is happening with Corona. There is no vaccine and people are dying all around and in these uncertain times of fear, people are trying whatever they could. Especially poor and middle class people who cannot afford the initial testing of Rs. 1800 are resorting to weird things like Sana Makki Qahwa for Corona Virus.
In Karachi and Lahore, shop keepers are struggling to meet the demand for this natural green leaved tea sort of drink which is supposed to give relief for Corona. People are taking it as an elixir. There are other herbs and shrubs which are being touted to provide relief but this Sana makki thing is taking the lead as of now.
Senna leaves or sana makki has nothing to do with Corona. Please don’t do this. Symptoms for corona appear after 5 days and you tend to recover on 9th or 10th day depending on your immune system, diet, care, self isolation, maximum taking care of personal hygiene and rest.
People are touting weird treatments for corona in Pakistan like panadol, sana makki leaves once a day, sachet of mucolator , yogurt , actrema injection, ivermectin, azithromycin and the list goes on. The price of sanna makki has reached to Rs. 5000 per kg from just Rs. 50.