An Iranian cleric has advised people to avoid ‘un-Islamic’ Western medicine to protect themselves from the COVID-19 coronavirus and told them to eat onions and put an essential oil up their bums instead.
Ayatollah Tabrizian, who is based in the northern city of Qom, advised his followers that a suppository of violet leaf oil will protect against COVID-19.
In a social media post to his 120,000 followers, the cleric, who is a proponent of traditional Islamic medicine, described Western methods as "un-Islamic" and offered his own list of remedies to keep the killer virus at bay.
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In the post, he says that consuming large amounts of brown sugar, onions and apple will provide protection from COVID-19.
He also claimed that inhaling snuff and burning wild rue is also effective,
His eighth suggestion in the list was to pour some violet leaf oil on cotton before posting it up the anus.
According to local media, the cleric believes the essential oil has life-enhancing properties, such as the power to increase brain mass and help cure cognitive conditions such as Down syndrome.
The city of Qom attracts millions of pilgrims and boasts a seminary which hosts large numbers of foreign students every year, according to reports.
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The area is currently affected by COVID-19 cases and the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called the sharp increase in cases in Iran “deeply concerning”.
The total number of confirmed cases worldwide stands at just under 82,000. Officially Iran accounts for 139 of those.
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Among them is the country’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi who was showing clear signs of infection at a news conference where journalists accused the Iranian government of hiding the true number of infections.
There have been 2,768 deaths to date, most of them in mainland China but the outbreaks in Iran, Korea and Italy are now seen as the disease’s most serious hotspots. Reports say that 19 Iranian citizens have been killed by COVID-19 so far.
- World Health Organisation
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