China’s treatment of the COVID-19 virus has been a combination of pharmaceutical medicine and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCM). The herbal formulas are thought to not kill the virus, but relieve many of the symptoms which can weaken patients. Chinese doctors have seen profound results from preventing moderate cases to shortening the recovery phase. China’s National Health Commission confirmed 90% of total nationwide confirmed cases of COVID-19 are treated with Chinese herbal medicine in conjunction with pharmaceuticals. Overall, doctors and scientists agree there is no single cure.

Over the last couple of weeks, China sent three envoys of medical experts to Italy with expertise in all areas of epidemic control, including treatment with TCM. As the pandemic is taking hold in Africa, Chinese TCM practitioners there are treating patients with COVID-19 with the same success.

In an interview with Dr. Wu Xia, a specialist in charge of the pulmonary department of the first quarantine ward in Wuhan, China, and led ten other quarantine wards in-hospital, she states that TCM prescriptions are always given in preparation for flu season, which greatly improves immunity, and that all the healthcare workers practice self-care with moxibustion.

The COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus is unlike anything we’ve known so far. China has 5,000 years of treating epidemics with a system of herbal medicine. Currently, herbal prescriptions are given by medical doctors in conjunction with the necessary medications. I hope that TCM will be included in the clinical trials and laboratory research underway.

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