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COVID-19 second wave | This Gujarat village sets up community steaming chamber to fight coronavirus

Mahendra Patel, who set up the first steam chamber, claims that the procedure has no side effects.

April 27, 2021 / 03:07 PM IST
Currently, 100-200 persons take their daily dose of steam in Untva village, Gujarat. (Representative image: Reuters)

Currently, 100-200 persons take their daily dose of steam in Untva village, Gujarat. (Representative image: Reuters)

Amid the rising demand for medical oxygen, hospital beds and other life-saving supplies due to increasing COVID-19 cases, a district in Gujarat has invented its own way to deal with the pandemic.

Some villages in Mehsana district have started community steam chambers where residents come and inhale the steam of an ayurvedic concoction as a therapy against the novel coronavirus infection, reported The Times of India.

The first such chamber was set up in Untva village in Kadi Tehsil of Mehsana district around six months ago, when the virus infection was ravaging the country.

Mahendra Patel, who set up the first such chamber, claims there is no side effect of the procedure. For making the steam, 25 different herbs and medicinal plants, including turmeric, neem, ginger, tulsi, clove etc., are added to water in a big vessel. The water is then boiled by covering the utensil till it starts emanating steam, said the report citing Patel.