East Kent researchers trial black elderberry liquid as a treatment for Covid-19


Researchers at East Kent Hospitals are investigating whether a popular herbal remedy could be an effective treatment in the fight against Covid-19.

The team are the first in the country to trial the use of Sambucol Black Elderberry liquid – available in many health food shops – in patients who are being treated for coronavirus.

They proposed the study after hearing about previous research which showed black elderberry fruit or extracts had antiviral properties against flu and a type of herpes. It has been adopted by the National Institute for Health Research.

Jessica Evans, director of research and innovation at the Trust, said: “We are all very excited to have been given approval to start this trial, which could have huge implications for the treatment of coronavirus.

“A previous study with flu patients showed people who took the extract had significant improvements in their symptoms within two days, compared to six days for those who did not.

“We will be testing whether there are similar effects in people in the community who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are experiencing symptoms, to see if the severity and length of time can be reduced.”

The study began earlier this month and the team hopes to recruit more than 200 patients to the trial. They will either receive the black elderberry liquid or a placebo, and will then be monitored to see if there is any reduction in their symptoms.


  1. This has been used along with Beta Glucans for decades in boosting the human immune system to fight bacteria and viruses. Coronavirus should be no different. Only thing is if people research and see there are other means to fight Covid-19 then the rich drugs companies won’t get richer. Well these rich companies have been given government contracts now in producing their vaccines for everyone so it is no longer a worry for them that people know about boosting their immune systems with cheaper products available everywhere.

  2. Cue a mad scramble as people head for the countryside to hack down every shrub and bush that looks remotely like an elderberry.
    Where am I going to get the raw materials for my parsnip and elderberry wine?

  3. I have always believed that the cures and treatments to all our illnesses and diseases are in the plants and all that grows. Many medications have already been found in plants and I’ve no doubt many more will be in future it’s just the case of finding them.

  4. A very much cheaper alternative is a certain black current cordial, which if diluted will provide an excellent anti-oxidant! I have been drinking this twice a day for some years, and it keeps it me regular, try it.

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