Sheer grass, an anti-Covid miracle or a marketing coup from Guadeloupe?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – Lauded by a Guadeloupe doctor for its alleged virtues against the coronavirus, the West Indian plant, almost unknown in mainland France, is being torn up in pharmacies overseas. Well Named ?

THE QUESTION. Will a plant native to the West Indies save us from Covid? Peak grass, or Neurolaena lobata, has aroused for a few days the euphoria of Guadeloupe and Martinique, who lend it anti-Covid virtues. In question, the announcement of its effectiveness against the virus by one of the most famous caregivers in the area: Henry Joseph, creator of Virapic, a syrup based on active molecules of spike grass. Are weeds, and by extension Virapic, effective against Covid, or are they just mirages?

CHECKS. The West Indians love Virapic. “Right now, we’re tearing it off. People buy it in sets of five, and try to reserve up to ten, fifteen bottles.», Indicates to the Figaro a pharmacist from Abymes, Guadeloupe. “In one afternoon, we sold around fifteen boxes, while we sell around 30 per month ”, exposes a pharmacy manager in Lamentin, on the island of Basse-Terre. In metropolitan France, the only store that offers

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