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Thailand inmates are taking green chiretta to fight mild COVID – here's what we know about this herbal drug

By Jose Prieto Garcia, Associate Professor in Natural Products and Phytochemistry, Liverpool John Moores University
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The news that inmates in Thailand are being handed capsules of a herbal medicine called green chiretta (Andrographis paniculata) to treat asymptomatic and mild COVID is unlikely to come as a surprise to the average Thai citizen.

In Thailand, healthcare professionals and the public alike are familiar with green chiretta – nicknamed the “king of bitters” – which is as popular as paracetamol for treating cold and…

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