Source: InKunming | 2020-02-27 | Editor:Rachel
As the treasure of Chinese civilization, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has formed a theoretical and practical systems in the prevention and treatment of epidemics throughout the ages. In Yunnan, there are varied ethnic medicines, such as 1189 kinds of Yi medicines, 598 Tibetan medicine resources, 1214 Dai medicinal plants, 100 Lahu medicines and so on. More than 100 ethnic medicine products have been approved for production. Yunnan TCM and ethnic medicine have rich experience in treating infectious diseases.
On the morning of February 21, Chinese respiratory scientist Zhong Nanshan and his team had an online meeting with Yunnan. He indicated that Yunnan is rich in Chinese herbal medicine resources, and some herbs are helpful as treatment for COVID-19.
With such abundant TCM, what role is Yunnan playing in the fight against the epidemic? Let’s take a look.
On January 17, Yunnan received the first infected patient. Experts of TCM immediately participated in the treatment and prescribed for the patient. By 12pm on February 25, 174 cases had been confirmed in Yunnan, 168 of which were treated with TCM. A total of 129 patients were cured, and 123 were treated with TCM.
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According to the experience in treating COVID-19, Yunnan Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kunming Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and others developed 10 prescriptions for clinical application. It is worth mentioning that 3 of the 10 are ethnic medicine prescriptions. The founder of Yunnan Baiyao also contributed one to help fight COVID-19.
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TCM and ethnic medicine play important roles in the treatment in Yunnan. An infected patient in Xishuangbanna felt better after taking TCM, and the temperature of another patient in Kunming became normal by treating with TCM as well.
Wen Weibo, the president of Yunnan Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, said that it is recommended to drink a lot of water and eat some TCM that can nourish Yin and lung during these days, such as honey, tremella and dendrobe. For prevention, fumigation is a recommended method, like burning a moxa stick indoor.
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(Editors: Christine, Rachel)
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