The Role of Chinese Medicine for Treatment of COVID-19

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Poonyaphat Siriteerathitikul

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COVID-19 is a contagious disease caused by SARs-CoV-2 which has been spreading all over the world. The disease extensively affects human health and lives as well as the public health system, society and economy. It is therefore the worst pandemic problem that all countries pay great attention to, including Thailand, where the number of deaths from COVID-19 is constantly increasing. Meanwhile, in China, the number of infections and deaths can be quickly controlled since the beginning of the outbreak. The key factors in its success are strict lockdowns and screenings. China is also the first country that has applied traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in combination with Western medicine to treat COVID-19, making it possible to prevent and control the unpleasant circumstance of COVID-19 pandemic. The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China has issued an official announcement on the treatment protocol for COVID-19 patients (Trial Version 8) on August 18, 2020. This protocol describes the methods for treating COVID-19 by using Chinese herbal medicines, acupuncture and moxibustion. This study reviews the results of traditional Chinese medications for preventing and treating COVID-19 as well as the COVID-19 in TCM’s perspective so that people have better understanding and knowledge about COVID-19 prevention and self-care based on TCM guidelines.

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