Cebu City resorts to home remedies vs COVID

By Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY— As cases of coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) continue to rise here, home remedies are being pushed to boost one’s immune system.

These traditional ways have helped alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, said Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia.

House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia (Cong. Gwen Garcia Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) Gebu Governor Gwen Garcia
(Cong. Gwen Garcia Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Citing Dr. Cristina Giango, chief of the Provincial Health Office, Garcia said some COVID-19 patients at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation are no longer showing symptoms like fever and cough after they were given calamansi juice, turmeric tea, Vitamin C, and did steam inhalation.

Garcia is particularly pushing for steam inhalation locally known as “tuob.”

“It is very simple, doable, and affordable. You just have to a have a basin and hot water,” said Garcia.

“Tuob” is the process of inhaling the steam of hot water placed in a basin or rice cooker. The water is mixed with herbal plants, salt, or eucalyptus.

Finding the home remedy effective, Cebu City Councilor Jerry Guardo filed a resolution pushing for the setting up of steam inhalation rooms in the city’s isolation centers.

In his resolution, Guardo said steam inhalation is an effective way to alleviate congestion and breathing difficulties.

Last week, Guardo and Dr. Dale Pasco demonstrated steam inhalation at the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas.

Guardo also turned over 50 sets of steam inhalation kits to PRO 7 regional director Police Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro.

“Tuob is really good for the body. We do it twice a day, before sleeping and upon waking up. You can feel the effects right away, you’ll feel better,” said Ferro.