Canada is considering using the powerful chakra-infused incense to fight the Ebola epidemic.
A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that the use of the herb was linked to a decrease in the number of new cases of Ebola in a small population of residents in an impoverished area in the province of Ontario.
A Canadian government advisory group recommended the herb, chakra, in an advisory last year, but the recommendations were not made public.
The herb, which has been used since ancient times, has been associated with a range of ailments including rheumatism, asthma and cancer.
It has also been used to fight a range on diseases such as the common cold, according to CBC News.
The report found that people in a remote area in northeastern Ontario used the herb to treat headaches and pain in their legs, and to treat asthma, which can be severe if untreated.
According to the study, the number and severity of new Ebola cases in a population was higher in areas where the herb had been used.
“The results suggest that use of chakra to treat acute symptoms is associated with an increased incidence of new acute cases of EVD and the risk of severe or fatal outcomes in a community,” the authors wrote.
Chakra, a powerful herb known as kyat, is used to treat conditions such as rheumaemia and rheumatic fever, according the University of California.
According the United Nations, more than 10,000 people died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but only one person in the study had died from Ebola.