• The use of traditional Chinese herbal medicine in China in the treatment of COVID-19

  • This article gives a comprehensive overview of the use of traditional Chinese herbal medicine in China in the treatment of COVID-19.
    “As it became clear that the epidemic in Wuhan was going to be both severe and drawn out, discussions of the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in historical responses to epidemics in China began to appear on both scholarly and popular media platforms in China. For example, a five-part documentary news series on the role of Chinese medicine in fighting the epidemic in Hubei devoted a good deal of the first episode to reviewing how classical herbal formulas were developed and used in epidemic outbreaks throughout Chinese history. The National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NATCM)4 published a colorful scroll of cartoon drawings on its official social media site to bring this history to the public.5 The scroll begins in the Han dynasty and takes us up to the present day, reviewing the use of Chinese herbal medicine to treat smallpox, cholera, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, bubonic plague, influenza, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Before the influx of Western medicine in the nineteenth century, sophisticated theories and methods from within the tradition of medicine and medical literature in China were used to address these conditions.”