Coronavirus has already covered 199 countries and independent territories, but a number of states, including Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, remain aloof from the global epidemic.
Sputnik Tajikistan tried to answer this question in the article “Why there is no coronavirus in Tajikistan: the most common versions”. The publication provides several explanations of why this disease still has not been reported in the country. For us, an interesting version is that the plant peganum or hazorispand (in Tajik) prevents the spread of the disease.
The publication writes that peganum harmala is popular in Tajikistan. Dried medicinal herb is used to smoke rooms and “kill” bacteria.
According to epidemiologist Mikhail Favorov, it is peganum that saves the population from infection. “There are a number of countries included in the so-called “Mongolian Triangle” that are not currently covered by the coronavirus. We have been thinking about the reasons for a long time: maybe it is a dry air and a special climate or hazorispand, which has been used in Central Asian countries for protection and disinfection since ancient times”, he said recently at a lecture.
“By the way, against the background of news about coronavirus, the sales of peganum and garlic have increased in the Tajik markets”, Sputnik Tajikistan concludes.
Folk in Turkmenistan also believes in the healing properties of peganum (yuzarlik in Turkmen). Moreover, in mid-March, this issue was discussed at a Government meeting. Then it was emphasized that the ancestors of the Turkmens have created over millennia national methods for the prevention of various infectious diseases, which have proved to be effective.
In particular, in the old days, when infectious diseases were emerging in certain times of the year, it was customary for the Turkmens to use peganum to smoke people, homes and livestock. And it worked.
Honestly speaking, I never really thought about the medicinal properties of this plant, believing that there is more to revere folk traditions than from considerations of medicine. But it’s apparently not all that simple. In all kinds of ways, peganum, in a complex of preventive, quarantine and organizational measures, has a certain effect today. Isn’t that the most important thing? And it doesn’t really matter what is more here – science or mysticism.