TCM has treated many viruses throughout the thousands of years of its existence. The corona virus is no different. Let us start with defining the virus and its signs and symptoms. This virus is zoonotic meaning it is transferred between animal and human. It is part of a larger group of viruses that include SARS and MERS.
This is a new strain that was not previously identified in humans, so therefore called novel corona virus (COVID-19). The common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. More serious cases of infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
The Chinese government is currently enlisting TCM doctors to prescribe herbal formulas for patients in hospital. Chinese herbal formulas can be used for both prevention and treatment of viruses. One such formula is Lian Hua Qing Wen. The two main ingredients of this formula are Lian Qiao and Jin Yin Hua (forsythia fruit and honeysuckle flower). These herbs are used to clear heat and relieve toxicity for warm febrile diseases such as a flu or cold virus.
Please contact your TCM provider for more information.
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