Dr. Troy Sing from Health Wise shares insights into Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments for COVID.
In Hong Kong, the use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments for COVID has increased as cases have soared. The government has started to distribute TCM formulas including Lianhua Qingwen to households in April. This is what you need to know about Traditional Chinese Medicines being used against the coronavirus.
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TCM Medicines Used To Treat Covid-19
Lianhua Qingwen, and Jinhua Qinggan are recommended as part of China’s therapy for Covid. These formulas have produced promising effects on influenza (viral infections) and SARs by exerting an anti-inflammatory effect; blocking the binding of the virus with a receptor, and inhibiting cytokines storms.
Developed in 2003, Lianhua Qingwen was used to help to treat SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). During this pandemic, it has been widely used to treat patients suffering from COVID19. This formula is comprised of thirteen ingredients:
板 藍 根 Radix Isatidis
連翹 Fructus Forsythiae
金銀花 Flos Lonicerae Japonicae
綿馬貫眾 Rhizoma Dryopteridis Crassirhizomatis
麻黃 Herba Ephedrae
苦杏仁 Semen Armeniacae Amarum
魚 腥 草 Herba Houttuyniae
藿香 Herba Pogostemonis
红景天 Radix et Rhizoma Rhodiolae Crenulatae
大黃 Radix et Rhizoma Rhei
石膏 Gypsum Fibrosum
甘草 Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae
Lianhua Qingwen is derived from two time-tested prescriptions 麻杏石甘湯 Maxing-Shigan-Tang and 銀翹散 Yinqiao-San.
According to research published in 2021 (Jieqin Zhuanga, 2021 August), the antiviral functions and mechanisms ofLianhua Qingwen mainly include the following aspects: block binding of the virus with the receptor, inhibit cytokines storm and improve clinical applications.
Lianhua Qingwen has significant efficacy in improving clinical symptoms and reducing the rate of clinical change towards severe or critical conditions. Nevertheless, more trials with more observational indicators are still needed.
Jinhua Qinggan is yet another formula that has shown promise. The formula contains:
金銀花, Flos Lonicerae Japonicae
麻 黃Herba Ephedrae
苦杏仁 Semen Pruni Armeniacae,
黃芩 Radix Scutellariae baicalensis,
連翹 Forsythiae suspensae,
浙貝母 Fructus Fritillariae Thunbergii Bulbus
板藍根 Radix Isatidis seu Baphicacanthi,
青 蒿 herba Artemisia annua,
薄荷 herba Menthae
甘草 Radix Glycyrrhizae
Recent studies conducted in 2021 (XueDong An 1, 2021 Oct) have shown that Jinhua Qinggan granules combined with Western medicine can help to relieve symptoms of fever and poor appetite in COVID-19 patients, and may have contributed to the reduced use of antibiotics though further studies are still needed.
It is widely believed that the combined treatment of modern mainstream medicine supplemented with Chinese Medicine ingredients will improve clinical outcomes, and may help to contribute to relatively low mortality, with the secondary benefit of improved quality of life outcomes.
Risks and side effects
Chinese Herbal medicines are milder and often have fewer side effects. They can often be used in conjunctions with standard medical care such as Remdesivir or Paxlovid
Common side effects may include:
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Therapies at Health Wise
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