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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Wednesday, June 24, 2020
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año attested to the relief that steam inhalation therapy or “tuob” brings. He was COVID Patient No. 2104. (TONEE DESPOJO)

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año attested to the relief that steam inhalation therapy or “tuob” brings.

Año, who attended the IATF meeting with local leaders of Cebu, shared that he subscribes to the said traditional practice in preventive medicine.

"Nilalagyan ko ng asin yung mainit na tubig, then inhale the water vapor," he said. He mentioned that he believes in the old method as he grew up with the practice. 

This also proved beneficial in his health care after he was tagged Covid-19 Patient No. 2104. Since he was asymptomatic, he went into boosting his immune system to further resist the ill effects of the virus.

"Kami ni Sec. Lili (Leonor Briones of the Department of Education), nag-steam inhalation kami," he said. Briones was one of top government agency officials earlier found positive of Covid-19.

Año’s testimony was discussed in Governor Gwendolyn Garcia's virtual presser on Tuesday, June 23, as the governor clarified to critics that she is not promoting steam inhalation as a cure to Covid, but rather a preventive measure.

She reiterated that since no vaccine or medicines are available yet to treat Covid-19, the people must "give their body a fighting chance through health regimens that boost the immune system."

These health regimen such as regular gargling of salt water, sun exposure early in the day, sea bath from 6 am to noontime, walking and jogging, as well as "tuob" are all stipulated in Section 9 of her Executive Order 17.

On Monday, June 22, "tuob" advocate Dr. Dale Pasco appeared as a guest of "Ang Probinsyana" and shared that tuob is an actual hydrotherapy that dates back in the late 1800s in the USA.

He said that steam inhalation promotes multiplication of white blood cells that boost the immune system in warding off pathogens.

Dr. Pasco added that tuob as a traditional  medicine enunciates the adage that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

"Critical kaayo nang first five days sa pagpakgang nato nga ang virus maabot sa lungs. So sa ilong ug throat pa lang ato nang pakgangon. Dili na nato paabton pa sa lungs," he added.

Dr. Pasco underscored that the steam proves to melt the fatty layer of the coronavirus which weakens the pathogen. 

People get the chance to recover from body malaise when done twice a day for 15 minutes coupled with intake of healthy drinks like lemon, calamansi juice with honey, or ginger tea, and double dose of Vitamin C. (Eleanor Valeros)