Tamil Nadu government defends Nilavembu concoction, denies rumours about infertility

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Tamil Nadu government defends Nilavembu concoction, denies rumours about infertility

Tamil Nadu government decided to defend Nilavembu concoction, an ante dote for dengue, after Kamal Haasan questioned its authenticity.

After Kamal Haasan gave a statement clarifying about his tweet asking fans not to distribute Nilavembu concoction which is used as ante dote for dengue, Tamil Nadu government had defended that it was a scientifically proven concoction.

Kamal issued a statement saying that he would praise anyone who tried to help the people. He said that he only asked his fans not to distribute the drink until it's effectively proven. He also said, he doesn't differentiate between allopathy and Sidhha.

The controversy started after messages started doing rounds that Nilavembu concoction would cause infertility.

Retaliating to this, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J.Radhakrishnan said, "One point in one research paper could be made as a headline without stating facts. So, that's how some messages started doing rounds about Nilavembu without anything substantial information. It also got through to certain celebrities. Unnecessary scare got through. We have an established Siddha doctors who are ready to give clarifications. People should not spread panic."

Radhakrishnan explained that government only goes by approved clinical management when such concoctions are distributed. "This was well tested and proven successful in 2012 when then CM Miss J Jayalalithaa popularised it. It was very effective. It was effective in 2015 floods and during chikungunya crisis as well."

Radhakrishanan said that there have been forty research papers proving the authenticity of the concoction and other countries like China, Japan and Scandinavian Countries.

Nilavembu is from a plant Andrograhis Paniculata along with few other herbs. "It's an ante dote and also helps in curing. We have only advised people to use this along with Allopathy with complete monitoring of Sidhha doctors. It is given to a person as per their weight. And, no way it causes infertility."

Since January, 13,000 dengue deaths have been reported and forty deaths have taken place. "The need of the hour is not to create panic but create public awareness to ensure water stagnation is not there for mosquito breeding."

Reacting to this political analyst G.C. Sekhar said, " Kamal took everybody by surprise saying nilavembu should not be distributed. This has been part of our culture and tradition. It has been proved to be effective. Don't know from what angle came up with this suggestion. After clarifications were given, Kamal has done an about turn. When his proposition faces an opposition he comes up with escapism. He needs to given detailed explanations."