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Publications on the use of TCM to treat COVID-19

Published research papers related to the treatment of COVID-19 using traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

    • Yang YC. Use of herbal drugs to treat COVID-19 should be with caution. The Lancet. May 2020. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31143-0/fulltext?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0 (PDF File)
    • Yang YC. Traditional Chinese medicine for COVID-19. Rapid response to: Clinical findings in a group of patients infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) outside of Wuhan, China: retrospective case series. The BMJ 2020. https://www.bmj.com/content/368/bmj.m606/rr-13?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0
    • Ho LTF, Chan KKH, Chung VCH, Leung TH. Highlights of traditional Chinese medicine frontline expert advice in the China national guideline for Covid-19. European Journal of Integrative medicine. June 2020. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876382020303899
    • Luo E, Zhang D, Luo H, et al. Treatment efficacy analysis of traditional Chinese Medicine for Covid-19. Chinese medicine, 2020, 15(34): 1-13. https://cmjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13020-020-00317-x (PDF File)
    • Ye Yong-an, G-CHAMPS collaborative group. Guideline-based Chinese herbal medicine treatment plus standard care for severe coronavirus disease 2019: evidence from China. (preprint version) https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.27.20044974v1
    • Luo H, Tang QL, Shang YX, et al., Can Chinese medicine be used for prevention of covid-19? A review of historical classics, research evidence and current prevention programs. Chinese J. Integrative Medicine. (PDF File)
    • Zhang DH, Wu KL, Zhang X, et al., In silico screening of Chinese herbal medicines with the potential to directly inhibit 2019 novel coronavirus. Journal of Integrative Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joim.2020.02.005 (PDF File)

      In this study, researchers execute a rational screen to identify Chinese medical herbs that are commonly used in treating viral respiratory infections and also contain compounds that might directly inhibit 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), an ongoing novel coronavirus that causes pneumonia.

    • Yu SW, Wang JW, Shen HT. Network pharmacology-based analysis of the role of traditional Chinese herbal medicines in the treatment of COVID-19. Ann Palliat Med 2020;9(2):437-446 (PDF File)

      In this article, researchers analyzed the effectiveness and possible molecular mechanisms of Chinese Herbal Medicine formulas for the prevention of COVID-19.

    • Jiménez-Pavón D, Carbonell-Baeza A, Lavie CJ. Physical exercise as therapy to fight against the mental and physical consequences of COVID-19 quarantine: Special focus in older people, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcad.2020.03.009 (PDF File)

      In this paper, researchers provide some guidelines for physical activity modalities, frequency, volume and intensity and examples of home exercises to reduce the negative physical and psychological impacts of quarantine on health, especially in older adults.

    • Ang L, Lee HW, Choi JY, Zhang JH, Lee MS. Herbal medicine and pattern identification for treating COVID-19: a rapid review of guidelines. Integrative Medicine Research. 2020 (PDF File)

      This review aimed to summarize and analyze the herbal formulae provided by 26 Chinese and 2 Korean guidelines for their Oriental Medicine pattern identifications  and compositions of herbs to treat patients with COVID-19.

    • Wang ZW, Chen XR, Lu YF, Chen FF, Zhang W. Clinical characteristics and therapeutic procedure for four cases with 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia receiving combined Chinese and Western medicine treatment. BioScience Trends. 2020 (PDF File)

      Researchers report in this paper the clinical characteristics and therapeutic procedure for four patients with mild or severe 2019-nCoV pneumonia admitted to Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center.

    • Chan KW, Wong VT, Tang SCW. COVID-19: An Update on the Epidemiological, Clinical, Preventive and Therapeutic Evidence and Guidelines of Integrative Chinese-Western Medicine for the Management of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2020 (PDF File)

      Researchers reviewed the latest national and provincial clinical guidelines, retrospective cohort studies, and case series regarding the treatment of COVID-19 by add-on Chinese medicine. They also reviewed the clinical evidence generated from SARS and H1N1 management with hypothesized mechanisms and latest in silico findings to identify candidate Chinese medicines for the consideration of possible trials and management

    • Yang Y, Islam MS, Wang J, Li Y, Chen X. Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Patients Infected with 2019-New Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): A Review and Perspective. International Journal of Biological Sciences. 2020 (PDF File)

      In this article, relevant published literatures are thoroughly reviewed and current applications of TCM in the treatment of COVID-19 patients are analyzed

    • Ling CQ. Traditional Chinese medicine is a resource for drug discovery against 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Journal of Integrative Medicine. 2020 (PDF File)

      In this article, the author reviews a study on a series of in silico analyses for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used in the treatment of COVD-19 and discusses the potential for TCM as a source for drug discovery against the disease

    • Ding YW, Zeng LJ, Li RF, et al. The Chinese Prescription Lianhuaqingwen Capsule Exerts Anti-influenza Activity Through the Inhibition of Viral Propagation and Impacts Immune Function. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2017) 17:130 (PDF File)

      Lianhuaqingwen Capsule (LH-C) is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula used to treat respiratory tract infectious diseases in Chinese. The aim of this study was to determine the antiviral activity of LH-C and its immunomodulatory effects on viral infection

*Thank you to publishers for making this COVID-19 related research available and free.


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