Can herbal mixture kill staphylococcus?


A Facebook post recently share in Nigeria has said a mixture of kola nut, ginger, garlic, zobo leaves and aloe vera can “kill staphylococcus”.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph, as “a germ found on people’s skin” which “can cause severe infections if it gets into the blood and can lead to sepsis or death”.

The post includes a photo collage of the five ingredients mentioned in the claim. Zobo, short for zoborodo, is the Hausa name for the plant Hibiscus sabdariffa and the tea made from its leaves. But does this herbal mixture really cure staph?

Professor of infectious disease at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Garba Sharubutu explains that though the individual ingredients might improve one’s health because of their chemical composition, the mixture should not be recommended unless it had been subjected to scientific investigation.

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“These are claims we must be cautious of. I would not recommend it.” He said.

Ndifreke Udonwa, professor of family medicine at the University of Calabar in southern Nigeria, also told Africa Check there was no scientific evidence to back the claim.

“As a professor of family medicine, I am not aware of any research about this. The best thing for people to do who have a staphylococcus infection is to go to the hospital to see a doctor. After a test has been conducted, the doctors will advise what type of treatment the patient needs.”