Physicians told to use 'poisonous' herb to treat COVID-19: Kyrgyzstan

The country's health minister issued the dictate and publicly drank a cup of aconitum soongaricum to demonstrate its safety

Doctors in Kyrgyzstan have been told to use a herbal tonic to treat COVID-19, which a medicines expert describes as "the most poisonous plant" in the country. 

Kyrgyzstan will use a herbal tonic to treat COVID-19, its health minister said on Friday after his president praised the remedy — despite warnings from a medical expert that it contained a potentially lethal poison.

Health Minister Alymkadyr Beishenaliyev drank a solution made from the roots of aconitum soongaricum at an online briefing to show that it was safe.

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