Recently a group of helpless relatives of Covid patients have camped under a Peepal tree in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur district thinking that it emits a higher level of oxygen, after the patients were allegedly refused admission in a hospital, according to reports.
Urmila, a woman Covid patient, who was lying under the tree told a media person that she was having a problem in breathing and there was no hospital or oxygen support. Following this her family brought her under the Peepal tree in the Bahadurganj area in Shahjahanpur after they were told by someone that the Peepal tree gives out maximum oxygen.
However, the woman said she is feeling better now and can breathe much better and doesn’t want to be shifted to the hospital. She is improving and doesn’t need oxygen informed her family. They said we do not care what people say.
News agency IANS reported that about half a dozen were spotted lying under the Peepal tree for a dose of oxygen.
To meet the people who had been camping under the secret tree for the past five-six days the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Roshanlal Varma visited the area on Saturday. He called up district officials and asked them to shift the patients to hospitals Disappointed over the state of affairs in health care.
However, Chief Medical Officer S P Gautam claimed that there was no shortage of oxygen in the area. He told PTI that they had sent a team to the spot on getting the information that some people were camping under the tree due to shortage of oxygen but found only one person there. He added, the person tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalised.
Can Peepal Tree Actually Help To Boost Oxygen Level?
According to the Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma resides in the roots of the peepal tree, Lord Vishnu resides in the trunk of peepal tree and Lord Shiva resides in the leaves of the peepal tree. But does Peepal tree release maximum amounts of oxygen?
Peepal tree, is regarded as one of the most sacred tree in Hinduism and is also known as Ashwattha or sacred fig.
However, most plants uptake Carbon dioxide (CO²) and release oxygen during the day and the process is reversed at night (i.e. they uptake oxygen and release CO² during the night).
Expert says, but some plants like Peepal tree, neem tree, snake plant, can produce oxygen at night too because of their ability to perform a type of photosynthesis called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM), though the amount released at night is very small.
Oeepal tree lives as epiphyte use CAM pathway to yield carbohydrates. Similarly, when they live soil, they tend to switch to the most common method called photosynthesis, says experts.
Either the tree would release or not release oxygen in the night totally depends on whether it is epiphytic or not, hence the seeds develop and grow as an epiphyte on other trees and only when the host-tree dies, they establish on the soil.
However, the impact is more psychological than physical, according to medical experts in Lucknow.
A King George’s Medical University (KGMU) doctor told IANS, “It is probably fresh air that is helping people breathe easy.”