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Traditional Chinese Medicines & COVID-19

With the novel CoronaVirus making its rounds across the globe and no cure or vaccine at the moment, but there are things we can do to prevent ourselves from catching it. That being said, we have compiled a list of 5 effective Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) that are helpful in fighting COVID-19 should you contract it. 

Hua Shi Bai Du Formula

This formula was developed by the National Traditional Chinese Medicine team at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. 

Hua Shi bai Du is a formula created from 14 different herbal components and is mainly used to detoxify, remove dampness and heat from the body as well as relieve coughing. 

This formula prescription has been used in different stages of treating symptoms from the novel coronavirus pneumonia and has been able to significantly shorten the length of hospital stays for those taking it. 

It is recommended to take 1-2 doses of Hua Shi Bai Du boiled with 100-200 ml of water between two and four times per day and can be taken by either oral or nasal consumption.

Jinhua Qinggan Granule

This was developed in 2009 during the H1N1 influenza pandemic and consists of 12 herbal components. Some of the ingredients include mint, licorice and honeysuckle and is known to clear heat and detoxify the lungs. 

Jinhua Qinggan Granule has a curative effect in treating patients with lesser symptoms, but is also known to improve the rate of recovery of white blood cells and lymphocytes from those affected.

We also recommend honeysuckle because it is known to help with infectious and inflammatory conditions.

Lung Cleansing and Detoxifying Decoction

This remedy has 21 herbal ingredients and the recipe was derived from other TCM recipes such as Shang Han Za Bing Lun which has been around since 220 AD. This recipe is effective in improving symptoms such as fatigue, fever, coughing and even improves lung function which has been shown in CT scans.

Studies using this decoction have shown that it regulates multiple cell signaling pathways to inhibit virus replication and mitigates cytokine storms. This remedy targets the lungs and also protects other organs and can be used as a general recipe to treat patients with mild to severe symptoms previously listed in this section. 

Lianhua Qingwen Capsule/Granule

This extremely common Traditional Chinese Medicine is used to help treat flu and cold symptoms. It has shown curative effects on patients with mild symptoms and best aids in relieving fevers, fatigue and coughing. Made with 13 different herbal components, it can reduce the occurrence of bodily deterioration and help patients become free of thier symptoms. 

Xuebijing Injection

This Traditional Chinese Medicine was developed as an injection that was marketed during the 2003 SARS epidemic. Consisting of 5 herbal extracts, it’s main function is to treat sepsis as well as remove and detoxify blood stasis.

The Xuebijing Injection is also effective in suppressing Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome which is often induced by infection during the treatment of ill patients on a severe or even critical level.

Studies have shown that a combination of this injection coupled with Western Medicine allowed an increase in hospital discharge and slowed (or even reduced) the rate of deterioration. Other studies have also shown that this treatment had certain antiviral effects in vitro to inhibit inflammation factors caused by the novel coronavirus.

Herbs can be a powerful ally in helping to curb symptoms and fight the spread of many illnesses. But they have to be used properly and with professional supervision. Do your best to maintain your health and wellness by balancing adequate sleep, healthy eating, exercise and so on. If you wish to learn how herbs can help achieve and maintain health and well being, please reach out to us or follow us on social


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