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Traditional Chinese Medicine For COVID


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.



Clinic Update Contents:

TCM Medicines Used To Treat Covid-19

- Lianhua Qingwen

- Jinhua Qinggan

- Risks & Side Effects


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Dedicated Care With Meaningful Results

Therapies at Health Wise

Learn more about Chinese Medicine



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Dr. Troy Sing features in South China Morning Post Article About Cupping in Hong Kong. Full Article: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/3170477/what-cupping-therapy-traditional-chinese-medicine-tcm-why?module=perpetual_scroll_0&pgtype=article&campaign=3170477



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.


Lianhua Qingwen


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


Jinhua Qinggan is yet another formula that has shown promise. The formula contains:


金銀花, Flos Lonicerae Japonicae


石膏 Gypsum


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


知母Anemarrhena Asphodeloidis,


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:

  • Gastrointestinal discomfort

  • Skin disturbances

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Skin rash



Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy


Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy led by Dr. Troy Sing, has been home to one of Hong Kong's best-regarded Chinese Medicine Practitioners, since 1990.


The clinic provides individualized treatment plans to address each patient’s internal landscape. At HealthWise, you’ll receive a 60-minute initial consultation and treatment with custom-made formulas for your body's constitution.


We aim to provide a caring and compassionate environment. To allow you to tell your story and not just recite medical results and outcomes.


Health Wise provides customized treatment plans for:




Dedicated Care With Meaningful Results


Our approach is deeply rooted in Classical Chinese Medicine, yet integrates seamlessly with the Western medical care that our patients receive. We look forward to joining you on your journey.




Therapies at Health Wise


Health Wise has over 30 years of clinical experience providing leading Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies including cupping.


Our expert practitioners can diagnose your unique pattern of symptoms and formulate a holistic treatment plan for your condition. The process is dynamic and is adjusted according to the changes in your situation.


We provide the following Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment therapies at Health Wise:







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