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A cleric in Qom, Iran suggested an unusual cure for the COVID-19 coronavirus, he recommends pre-bedtime administration of violet leaf oil to rectum.
People say that Ayatollah Tabrizian has denounced Western medicine as “un-Islamic”.
A supplier of traditional Islamic medicine, Tabrizian, identified several alternative strategies for fighting the spread of the coronavirus known as Covid-19, in a message to over 120 000 followers on the messaging platform Telegram.
Tabrizian recommends consuming copious amounts of brown sugar, burning wild rue, as well as inhaling snuff, according to an Iranian news site which obtained a screenshot of the video.
His eighth suggestion is the most striking: “Before bedtime, drench some cotton in violet oil and apply onto your anus”
Tabrizian has written extensively about the essential oil which he believes to have magical, life-enhancing properties such as the power to increase brain mass and reverse cognitive disorders such as Down’s Syndrome.
He quotes a tradition attributed to a Persian scholar of the 12th century who identified the remedy as an effective treatment for rhinitis or mucus of the throat if it was “the will of God”
Tabrizaei has called for more use of oil and argues that it remains untapped for its true potential.
On Tuesday, Iran’s deputy health minister tested positive for the disease, as the Islamic Republic struggles to contain the disease, which has killed 16 citizens so far.
The director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called the dramatic increase in cases in the country “deeply concerning”