Two Malaysian Indian doctors claimed that coconut water is the answer to the dreaded chikungunya, and many other diseases. Although coconut water could not cure diseases, it would help patients recover faster, they said.
Natural science expert Dilip Kumar and Jagdev Singh, president of the Malaysian Dietary Supplement Association, said coconut water is good for ailments like cholera, dysentery and typhoid.
Indians have long praised the virtues of coconut oil, which has been medically proven to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal components.
“One can make the safe assumption that coconut water, too, would have anti-viral components,” said Kumar.
The New Sunday Times newspaper reported that Chinese physicians were advising those afflicted with chikungunya to drink coconut water, herbal or water chestnut drinks.
Confirming the Chinese prescription, the ethnic Indian duo pointed out that there is no vaccine against the virus that causes chikungunya, which has symptoms similar to that of dengue - fever, joint pain, fatigue and mouth ulcers.