Coconut coir-infused water to treat typhoid? This home remedy can be fatal

A post claiming that coconut coir-infused water can treat typhoid in two weeks has gone viral on social media.

By Sunanda Naik  Published on  27 Sep 2022 5:38 AM GMT
Coconut coir-infused water to treat typhoid? This home remedy can be fatal

Hyderabad: A post claiming that coconut coir-infused water can treat typhoid in two weeks has gone viral on social media.

The viral post claims, "This is Coconut peel, for typhoid or to boost your blood, dry it very well with sun and cook it with a pinch of potash, drink a cup morning and night."


Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection that can spread throughout the body, affecting many organs. Without prompt treatment, it can cause serious complications and can be fatal.

Before trying out such home remedies that can be fatal and potentially cause harm to your health you should always consult a doctor and seek medical supervision.

Does coconut coir actually help? Let's find out.

Fact Check

According to an article in The Guardian, "Typhoid fever can be life-threatening if it is not detected and treated at the early stages. With early treatment, typhoid fever usually resolves within two to four weeks without any form of complications."

It also mentions some of the natural ways to control fever in uncomplicated cases such as fever plant (Ocimum gratissimum), lemon grass (Cymbopogon citrates), Nigeria senna (Cassia occidentalis), neem (Azadirachta indica), local catnip (Solenostemun monostachyus), etc., to help lower the high body temperature, especially in children.

The article also says that an infusion or decoction of any of the herbs can be given as a retention enema to help cleanse the bowels and further lower the body temperature.

An article by Healthline states, "Drinking plenty of water is also important. However, since typhoid fever is caused by bacterial contamination, if you're in an area in which typhoid fever is common, choose bottled water and avoid drinks with ice — unless the ice is made from bottled or boiled water."

Basically, typhoid is a type of bacterial infection that's usually transmitted via the consumption of food and water contaminated with Salmonella typhi.

The World Health Organisation suggests people being treated for typhoid fever do the following:

  • Take prescribed antibiotics for as long as the doctor has prescribed.
  • Wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, and do not prepare or serve food for other people. This will lower the chance of passing the infection on to someone else.
  • Have their doctor test to ensure that no Salmonella Typhi bacteria remain in their body.

We could not find any scientific proof that says coconut coir can help treat typhoid.

We found no studies that back the unheard benefits of coconut coir in treating typhoid.

NewsMeter advises people to rush to a health expert if they notice any symptoms like fever, diarrhoea, headache, and vomiting, etc.

Typhoid could be fatal if you continuously ignore the worsening complications while trying out such bogus home remedies.

Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Coconut coir-infused water can treat typhoid in two weeks.
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Claim Fact Check:False
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