Complaint against Kamal for Nilavembu comments, actor defends stand

A complaint was filed on Thursday with the Greater Chennai city police commissoner against Kamal Haasan, alleging that the actor-filmmaker was spreading wrong information about Nilavembu, a herbal medicine being given to treat ailments such as dengue.

Nilavembu Kudineer, also called Nilavembu Kashayam, is Siddha Medicine recommended for prevention and management of all types of viral infections/fevers.

It acts as immunostimulant and immunomodulator, which boosts immunity and modulates defense response in the body, which helps to protect from infections and their complications. It also plays a protective role in dengue fever and chikungunya.

Kamal Hassan on Wednesday took to Twitter to urge his fans not to distribute the Siddha medicine until there is proper research into it. He tweeted stating, “It’s not that the research should be done by allopathics. The traditionalists should also have done it. It is traditional for medicines to have side effects.”

Meanwhile, hours after the complaint was filed by one Devarajan, Kamal defended his decision to request his fans not to distribute ‘nilavembu kashayam’.

“I’ll praise anybody who tries to help the people. I only advised my fans not to distribute the drink until it’s effectiveness is proven”.

He added that he had only criticised the fact that “huge amounts” were being distributed “without any surety or doctor’s guidelines.” He also said he doesn’t categorise medicine into siddha or allopathy.