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Chennai, Oct 20: A controversy is brewing over in Tamil Nadu over the use of herbal concoction Nilavembu Kudineer, which is also known as Nilavembu Kashayam. While the Tamil Nadu government has backed Nilavembu Kudineer claiming it can prevent dengue, superstar Kamal Haasan has advised people against using it unless it is medically proven and tested.
Kamal Haasan’s statement on Nilavembu Kudineer has also landed the actor in legal trouble as a complaint has been filed against him with the Chennai Police.
Tamil Nadu has been in the grip of dengue menace. The mosquito-borne viral disease has gripped the state and over 40 people have succumbed it to in the last few months. Despite several proven medicines being available, Tamil Nadu government has been claiming that Nilavembu Kudineer can cure dengue.
While hospitals across the state have been reporting a surge in dengue cases for the last several months, state officials insist that most of patients died because they were brought in for treatment at a very advanced stage of the disease.
As dengue cases increased and the state administration came under severe criticism, authorities started to promote Nilavembu Kudineer. They also pointed out that Nilavembu Kudineer is used to treat dengue and the state government has been promoting the same for the last few years.
While the herbal concoction was being promoted, another rumour claiming that taking Nilavembu Kudineer reduced fertility started doing the rounds. The rumour also prompted Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijayabhaskar to warn miscreants against spreading such unfounded messages while adding that dengue will be controlled in the state in the next 15 days.
“Nilavembu is a proven medicine, we have tested it in King Institute in Guindy, it increased the platelets and immunity, it is proven. Action will be taken against people who spread rumours on social media,” The News Minute quoted Vijayabhaskar as saying after the minister had visited Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Trichy.