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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28, 2016:

While the country faces a myriad of dengue cases every year, a pharmacist is claiming to have found a cure for the disease.

Consultant pharmacist and naturopathy centre founder K.Ananthan said he had found an ”arsenal” to protect mankind from dengue fever.

He said that he had found through research that natural food-based edible seeds and spices which have been consumed by humans for thousands of years are the key ingredients to fight against dengue.

Ananthan, who claimed to have done research on natural and alternative medicine for more than 10 years, said the ingredients could boost the immune system to restrain the dengue virus from causing harm.

He told Bernama he had come up with a formula that combines 60 types of ingredients in a capsule to fortify the immune system.

Ananthan said the ingredients included jintan manis (fennel), bunga cengkih (clove), cinnamon, turmeric, red bean, soya bean, kidney bean and malt.

He said he presented his findings to the Health Ministry and to the Institute of Medical Research in 2012 seeking a follow-up study on natural remedy for dengue fever. However, no such study had been carried out. Ananthan was a pharmacist with the Health Ministry from 1976 to 1993.

The highest position he held in public service was as pharmacy deputy head at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital.

According to Health Ministry statistics, from January to Sept 12, 2015, the number of dengue cases increased 21.5% to 85,488 from 70,337 in 2014.

The number of deaths from dengue during the same period increased to 234 from 133 in 2014.

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