Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers many tools and insights into how herbs can be used to restore and promote health in all systems of the body, the lungs among them. In this modern era of COVID-19, already over 60,000 confirmed cases or over 85% of all COVID-19 cases in China were treated in China using TCM. Here are two of the potent Chinese herbal formulas used as part of the TCM treatment in China for COVID-19.
Unique to China's Yunnan province, lingdancao (scientific name: Laggera pterodonta) has been used for more than half a millennium to cool the internal temperature of the body and clear heat from the lungs, detoxify and soothe the throat and get rid of phlegm. As a result, a secondary benefit is that it can help alleviate symptoms of influenza. So promising are its benefits that there is even a clinical trial on ling dan cao as a flu treatment.
As COVID-19 is an illness affecting the respiratory system, both the Yunnan Health Department Health Supervision Bureau, Yunnan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Guangzhou Medical University have declared lingdancao a recommended herb for preventing and treating COVID-19.
Farlong Pharmaceutical puts Ling dan cao granules in its Lung Booster 1 health supplement.
Qingfeipaidutang is a combination of 21 different herbs, including licorice root, mulberry root bark, and bitter apricot seed, that collectively serve to dry the lungs and support the strength, health, and function of the lungs and the other organs. The formula is a blend of four different TCM herbal formulas.
As reported in the Journal of Plant Medicines, the Chinese National Health and Health Commission Office of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine's General Office has declared qing fei pai du tang a treatment for COVID-19, a respiratory illness. Already, the Chinese have used qing fei pai du tang to treat over 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across ten different provinces. Of those, 130 patients have already been deemed cured of the illness and discharged from the hospital. In addition, more than 50 other patients had symptoms of the illness disappeared, 212 experienced a stabilization of symptoms and nearly 270 experienced improvements in their condition. Overall, the formula was used to treat 85% of COVID-19 cases in China and was found over 90% effective. Symptoms Qing fei pai du tang helped relieve in COVID-19 patients include:
All this also makes Qing fei pai du tang potentially useful in treating symptoms of the flue and the common cold.
Farlong Pharmaceutical provides qingfeipaidutang in the form of its Lung Detox health supplement.