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COVID-19 Related Research on Herbal Medicine

According to the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NATCM), the herbal formula Qing Fei Pai Du Tang had a 90% response rate out of a total of 214 clinical cases of COVID-19 related pneumonia. [1] Patients were treated in Shanxi, Hebei, Shanxi, and Heilongjiang Provinces in this clinical investigation. A breakdown of the 90% response rate is as follows: symptoms markedly improved in ≥60% and the remaining 30% of patients stabilized. [2]

Another investigation tracked 701 COVID-19 patients across 10 Chinese provinces that were treated with Qing Fei Pai Du Tang. A total of 130 patients (18.5%) were cured, symptoms including fever and coughing completely resolved in an additional 51 patients (7.27%), symptom improvements occurred in an additional 268 patients (38.2%), and stabilization occurred in 212 patients (30.2%). [3] In related findings from two additional studies, Lian Hua Qing Wan Capsule helped resolve COVID-19 symptoms and promoted recovery. [4, 5]

Qing Fei Pai Du Tang is based on 21 herbs from 4 different herbal formulas, originally found in the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases). This Han dynasty clinical textbook was compiled by Zhang Zhongjing prior to 220 CE. The four formulas that form the basis of Qing Fei Pai Du Tang are Wu Ling San, She Gan Ma Huang Tang, Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang, and Xiao Chai Hu Tang. The herbs in Qing Fei Pai Du Tang are the following:

  • Ma Huang (limited to 3g/day)

  • Zhi Gan Cao

  • Bai Zhu

  • Shan Yao

  • Ku Xing Ren

  • Shi Gao (external use only in the UK)

  • Gui Zhi

  • Ze Xie

  • Zhu Ling

  • Fu Ling

  • Huo Xiang

  • Chai Hu

  • Huang Qin

  • Jiang Ban Xia

  • Zi Wan

  • Sheng Jiang

  • Kuan Dong Hua

  • She Gan

  • Xi Xin  (prohibited in the UK)

  • Zhi Shi

  • Chen Pi


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[1] Hong-Zhi, D. U., H. O. U. Xiao-Ying, M. I. A. O. Yu-Huan, H. U. A. N. G. Bi-Sheng, and L. I. U. Da-Hui. "Traditional Chinese Medicine: an effective treatment for 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP)." Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines 18, no. 3 (2020): 1-5.

[2] Zhao J, Tian SS, Yang J, Liu J, Zhang WD. Investigating the mechanism of Qing-Fei-Pai-Du-Tang for the treatment of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia by network pharmacology. Chin Herb Med. 2020: 1-7.

[3] National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China. Transcript of press conference in 17, February, 2020. 2020.

[4] Yao KT, Liu MY, Li X, Huang JH, Cai HB. Retrospective Clinical Analysis on Treatment of Novel Coronavirus-infected Pneumonia with Traditional Chinese Medicine Lianhua Qingwen. Chin J Exp Tradit Med Form. 2020: 1-7.

[5] Lv RB, Wang WJ, Li X. Treatment of suspected new coronavirus pneumonia with Chinese medicine Lianhua Qingwen. Clinical observation of 63 suspected cases. J Tradit Chin Med. 2020: 1-5.

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