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Taiwan Quick Take: Plant battles allergies

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Gloxinia, or sinningia speciosa, a common house plant, has been proved most effective against "sick building syndrome (SBS)," which is caused by excessive volumes of carbon dioxide and particulate materials inside buildings, according to a report released by the Environmental Protection Agency. Agency officials said most Taiwanese stay inside buildings for at least 21 hours per day. If indoor air quality deteriorates, residents are more likely to be susceptible to SBS, which causes headaches, nausea, dry eyes, runny noses, fatigue and sleepiness. Officials suggested that better air quality can be achieved by using one house plant at least 15cm in diameter for every 9m2 of a property.

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