IN SHORT: Ignore social media posts that claim the “giant milkweed” can cure tuberculosis. Treatment for the disease is available and if not treated properly, TB can be fatal.
The solution to curing tuberculosis lies in the leaves of the “giant milk weed,” says a claim doing the rounds on Facebook in South Africa.
Tuberculosis, shortened to TB, is an infectious disease which in most cases affects the lungs. It is caused by a type of bacteria and spreads through the air via an infected person’s cough, sneeze or spit.
The post claims that readers should put the leaves inside a pot without water, put the pot on fire until the leaves are “boiled”, add the leaves to a cup with a little bit of water and then “pound the leave with ur hand … make it smooth then drink it all”.
The claim says this is “very good to cure tuberculosis”.
TB is preventable and curable
The common symptoms of TB include a cough lasting longer than three weeks, coughing up bloody mucus, feeling exhausted, a high temperature and weight loss, says the National Health Service, the UK’s publicly funded healthcare system.
While mostly affecting the lungs, TB can also spread to other parts of the body, including the glands, bones or brain.
And TB is a disease that is preventable and curable.
The WHO warns that if TB treatment is not properly completed, the disease can become drug-resistant and can spread. If not treated properly, tuberculosis can be fatal.
Since medication to cure tuberculosis is available, it is important that those diagnosed with the disease visit a doctor for medication, rather than relying on miracle cures posted to social media. There is no evidence these work, but the drugs do.
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