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No, placing onions under your feet won’t cure a cold or flu

A Facebook user shared a graphic with a quote claiming onion can cure a cold or flu.

The graphic was posted on 18 November 2021 but had been trending on Facebook since 2015 

It reads: “If you come down with a cold or the flu, Slice a red or white onion into rounds, place them on the bottoms of your feet, and put on a  pair of socks. Leave the socks on overnight as you sleep. In the morning, you’ll wake up cured of your illness.”

Is this true?


‘Claim is false’ – experts

The UK National Health Service says treatment for cold or flu includes getting enough rest and sleep, drinking plenty of water and keeping warm.

Dr Rotimi Adesanya, a family physician, told Africa Check that the claim was false. 

“Medical doctors base all their treatment, procedures on scientific basis. From a medical point of view, such a claim has not been scientifically proven.”

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