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Use of home remedies for the treatment and prevention of coronavirus disease: An integrative review

PUBLISHED June 28, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2306p3703876)



Rakgadi Malapela1 , William Baratedi2 , Gloria Thupayagale-Tshweneagaee1
  1. University of South Africa
  2. University of Botswana

Conference / event

13th Virtual Conference on Nursing Education and Parctice, March 2023 (London, United Kingdom)

Poster summary

Home remedies are simple measures of symptom management for minor health complaints or disease prevention. These measures include the use of easily accessible tonics, herbs, and spices (Adebiyi, Dong, Omukunyi & Roman:2022). The purpose of this integrative was to identify home remedies used for the treatment and prevention of coronavirus disease guided by Cooper's integrative review. Google Scholar, BMC, EBSCOhost, Medline, Academic Search Ultimate, Web of Science Core Collections, Science Direct, and Global Health were used to retrieve 526 English-language articles on the usage of COVID-19 home remedies from 2019 to 2022. Eleven (11) from the nine (9) countries were selected following the Critical Appraisal Skills Program (CASP) checklist to arrive at the findings. Findings revealed that home remedies were used for the prevention of COVID-19 infection, treatment of COVID-19, and boosting immunity. Generally, the use of spices, herbs, and plant-based products are used to boost immunity and fight COVID-19.


Coronavirus, Home remedies, Integrative review, Prevention, Treatment

Research areas

Medicine, Agriculture, Plant Sciences, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Education


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No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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Copyright © 2023 Malapela et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Malapela, R., Baratedi, W., Thupayagale-Tshweneagaee, G. Use of home remedies for the treatment and prevention of coronavirus disease: An integrative review [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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