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Chinese medicine for coronavirus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The coronavirus is a new strain (COVID-19), which has jumped from the animal kingdom to humans.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  1. Fever
  2. Dry cough with no phlegm
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Loss of smell
  6. Sore throat
  7. Fatigue
  8. Aversion to cold and drafts

In more severe cases, COVID-19 can cause:

  1. Chest pain
  2. Kidney pain
  3. Chronic fatigue
  4. Dizziness
  5. Muscle aches
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Pneumonia

How to prevent infection

There are several things you can do to prevent getting infected. They include:

  1. Wash your hands regularly
  2. Wear an N95 mask when outside and espcially in close contact to groups of people (only an N95 mask not a surgical mask will filter the virus)
  3. Don't touch your eyes or mouth with fingers that haven't just been washed with soap
  4. Read the handbook of COVID-19 prevention complied by Zhejiang University in China

The four categories of COVID-19 severity

There are four categories of severity that people can develop after contracting the COVID-19 virus. This video explains the four categories:

How do Chinese herbs treat COVID-19?

There are numerous media stories which state how the coronavirus is being treated in mainland China with a combination of pharmaceutical drugs and Chinese herbal medicines, which has proven to be very successful. Traditional Chinese medicine has been used in 85-90% of COVID-19 cases. This can be seen in the low death rate virus infected rate when compared to other countries that don't use Chinese herbal medicine, such as Italy. Acupuncture treatment has also been used on patients in China with COVID-19.

The TCM treatment strategy used to treat the coronavirus with Chinese medicine is similar to that used to treat the SARAS out-break. Herbs that boost the person's defensive wei qi (immune system) are combined with other herbs that are used to treat respiratory disorders such as ma huang have proved effective in treating covid-19 patients in Hubei province, China. There are several Chinese medical formulas that have been used by the Hubei Province Integrated Chinese\Western Medicine Hospital in China.

During Italy's COVID-19 outbreak, China donated medical supplys including 100,000 boxes of the herbal formula Lian Hua Qing Wen.


Can Chinese Medicine Be Used for Prevention of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? A Review of Historical Classics, Research Evidence and Current Prevention Programs. Luo H, et al. Chin J Integr Med. 2020 Feb 17. doi: 10.1007/s11655-020-3192-6.
Expert highlights traditional Chinese medicine in fight against novel coronavirus: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-02/19/c_138796388.htm.
Coronavirus Covid-19: China uses traditional medicine for treatment: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/covid-19-china-traditional-medicine/
China Tries 3,000-Year-Old Traditional Remedy on Virus Patients: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-15/china-tries-3-000-year-old-tcm-technique-on-coronavirus-patients
Coronavirus: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Coronavirus: 85 per cent of patients in China benefiting from traditional Chinese medicine, officials claim: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052763/coronavirus-80-cent-patients-china-benefiting-traditional?fbclid=IwAR0Lv79vefnQQ-4iS6-W3fOosFH6tBhsv3sT6NCAksc6JtR7gTYMk60nQh4
Traditional Chinese medicine used to treat 85% of COVID-19 patients: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-02-25/TCM-used-to-treat-85-of-COVID-19-patients-OmQG7PIGWs/index.html?fbclid=IwAR05XNgDxbfBOqwoPj2OtYZWz6IrttS-6WNL8G9oVvIqV1MPl6ERA-DPF50
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Please note that this webpage is for information purposes only. I do not lay claim to be able to treat COVID-19.