KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — At least 95 per cent of COVID-19 patients treated using traditional Chinese medicine in Hubei Province, China have recovered from the disease, says chief physician of the Integrated Chinese and Western Emergency Medicine and vice-president of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr Li Jun.

Dr Li, who is leading seven other physicians from China on a mission to share experiences of fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia, said the traditional Chinese medicine method was also used to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Sharing his experience in treating COVID-19 patients in China, he said he was constantly reviewing the effectiveness of various drugs, including the vaccine used to treat the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in 2012.

“We initially expected these drugs to be effective as a result of the SARS and Mers-Cov outbreaks, but when used for COVID-19, they showed adverse effects in some patients.

“Although there is still no vaccine for COVID-19 but for now, traditional Chinese medicine is widely used to treat symptoms such as fever, cough and indigestion for patients in China.


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