Beijing is promoting traditional medicine as a ‘Chinese solution’ to coronavirus. Not everyone is on board

CNN
Date: March 14, 2020
By: Nectar Gan and Yong Xiong, CNN

The Chinese government has been promoting the use of traditional Chinese medicine to treat Covid-19.

Hong Kong (CNN)Xiong Qingzhen, a drone engineer in the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, spent more than two weeks in a makeshift hospital in February receiving treatment for Covid-19, the respiratory disease causing a global health crisis.

Every morning and evening, the 38-year-old was handed a bag of brown soup — a traditional Chinese remedy blended from over 20 herbs, including ephedra, cinnamon twigs and licorice root.

But unlike most patients around him, Xiong was skeptical of its efficacy and refused to drink it.

"In my opinion, it is a sheer placebo," said, Xiong, who was discharged in late February from the makeshift hospital run by TCM doctors where no Western medicine was provided, apart from medication for underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure.    [FULL  STORY]

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