First it was vinegar, now Chinese herbalists are recommending concoctions such as cicada tea and turnip soup as a means of fending off the deadly Sars virus.
Turnip prices have shot up in Beijing after the vegetable was recommended as a key ingredient in a broth to prevent the disease, Reuters news agency said.
"A lot of people want turnips," vegetable vendor Hu
Benqiang was quoted by the agency.
He said that turnips were now selling for three yuan ($0.16 per pound) at one market, up from 2.40 yuan per kg last week, and that wholesale prices had risen by more than 30%.
The Star Daily published a recipe last week for a soup containing one turnip, the peel from half an orange, three slices of ginger and two chunks of leek.
The Health Daily suggested another safeguard: boiling 10 grams of dead silkworms and 10 grams of cicada skins in water with five herbs for 20 minutes and drinking the water for seven to 10 days.
Many Chinese cannot afford the health care which would be necessary if they contracted Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).