Iberoamerican Journal of Medicine
Iberoamerican Journal of Medicine

Can Myrrh Combat COVID-19?

Najat Alyafei

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This paper reviews the therapeutic effects of Commiphora myrrh in different diseases. It is organized by sub-themed sections: nature and history of myrrh, its use in different cultures, its chemical action, and effect on virus or/and bacteria, benefits of its utilization for respiratory problems and oral diseases.
A literature research for the Myrrh or C. myrrh was performed using Cochrane Library databases and Medline. Forty two papers, including abstracts and full articles published from 2007 to 2020, in the area of interest were reviewed. It was found that Myrrh or C. myrrh is one of the medicinal plants believed to have therapeutic effects in various diseases. It has medicinal properties, such as immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, cytotoxic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, anti-tumor, anti-ulcer, and analgesic activities. Besides, Myrrh has also shown to have antiviral properties that help in preventing different types of viral diseases. It noticed in the State of Qatar, sales of herbs and Myrrh has escalade since the surgency of COVID-19 cases, so is there a belief in Myrrh's effectiveness to be used during COVID-19? Studying the effectiveness of Myrrh mouthwashes to combat COVID-19 can emerge as a promising avenue in the field of research.


Myrrh; COVID-19; Oral Health; Qatar; Mouthwash; Chemistry; Gargle


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