As early as 26th Of January, in the early days of the Covid-19 epidemic, Thailand Medical News had published an article calling for more research into the use of Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) as a potential drug candidate for the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus as many past research studies had shown its efficacy against the SARS virus of 2003.( https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/further-research-into-the-phytochemicals-contained-in-licorice-root-might-yield-a-treatment-for-the-new-coronavirus-strain-in-china)
Unfortunately as we do not have the support of any Thai government agencies nor the support of the Thai companies and also the fact that we could not get our word out due to American social media platforms like Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter whose offices in Thailand, Singapore and India lowering your feeds as you are not advertising with them, we could not get our word out to help save more lives.
Licorice root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and also in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for eons especially for respiratory ailments and diseases including pneumonia.
On the 3nd Of February, the Chinese government started getting their TCM teams mobilized to test out various TCM concoctions and ingredients and in most cases, all contained licorice root.
It was demonstrated in various studies in China that for patients in the early stages of infections conditions, usage of TCM alone was sufficient to reduce the fevers, symptoms and viral loads to be deemed as ‘recovered’ while in the cases of patients in sever conditions, the usage of TCM in conjunction with various antiviral protocols, helped the patients to recover.
In a new peer reviewed study published in the Lancet (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1043661820307556?via%3Dihub) it was shown that out of 102 confirmed infected patients in one study at Hubei exhibiting mild symptoms of the Covid-19 disease, almost all recovered just on TCM concoctions alone with symptoms and fevers disappearing even shorter compared to using antivirals and CT scans showed drastic improvements to the lungs coupled with NATS (nucleic acid tests) that showed negative presence of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (note that residual dormant amounts of the virus will exist in all recovered as the NATS cannot pick up viral loads less than 90 copies per ml properly )
In addition, in the cases of patients with severe conditions, the administering of these concoctions along with various antiviral protocols helped to accelerate the process of recovery.
From the 16th of February onward, almost 87% of all treatments nationwide in China included TCM as part of the treatment protocols.
Based on traditional TCM protocols, 4 major concoctions showed efficacy including the Qingfei Paidu decoction(QPD), Gancaoganjiang decoction, Sheganmahuang decoction and the Qingfei Touxie Fuzheng decoction. (Any TCM shops in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia will know how to prepare this mixture of herbs).
In all the concoctions, Licorice root was the main ingredient used in a larger proportion.
The Qingfei Paidu decoction(QPD) was most favoured as it demonstrated the highest efficacy and been rebranded as different names including ‘Formula One’ In Guandong, The ‘TCM Antiviral’ In Shanghai, etc with state pharmaceutical and TCM companies mass producing it for sale in China but it has been restricted for export.
The exact ingredients for the Qingfei Paidu decoction(QPD) concoction is listed as Ephedrae Herba, Glycyrrhizae Radix et Rhizoma Praeprata cum Melle, Armeniacae Semen Amarum, Gypsum Fibrosum, Cinnamomi Ramulus, Alismatis Rhizoma, Polyporus, Atractylodis Macrocephalae Rhizoma, Poria, Bupleuri Radix, Scutellariae Radix, Pinelliae Rhizoma Praepratum cum Zingibere et Alumine, Zingiberis Rhizoma Recens, Asteris Radix et Rhizoma, Farfarae Flos, Belamcandae Rhizoma, Asari Radix et Rhizoma, Dioscoreae Rhizoma, Aurantii Fructus Immaturus, Citri Reticulatae Pericarpium, and Pogostemonis Herba.
However we at Thailand Medical News notes that another important ingredient had been deliberately omitted from the list of which that particular herb is also being currently patented at the moment by the Chinese government.
This TCM preparation has been adopted since as a general prescription in the diagnosis and treatment plan of COVID-19 in China.
In another study of 701 confirmed cases treated by QPD, 130 cases were cured and discharged, clinical symptoms of 51 cases disappeared, 268 cases of symptoms improved, and 212 cases of stable symptoms without aggravation. The effective cure rate of QPD against COVID-19 is over 90 %.
We hope that more countries will take note of this study and do more research to help their own citizens.
For more on the coronavirus drug research, keep logging to Thailand Medical News.
UPDATE (31st march 2020, in order to raise funds to sustain our website which has more than 4.1 million unique visitors per month but sadly since our appeal for help for donations for the last 30 days to help sustain this site, we only received help from 6 kind people, we are now selling the actual full formulations of the TCM preparations for US$200 person and US30,000 for corporate use. We are also selling the packages of the full herbs with preparations, for US 1,550 per two packets which is sufficient for one person not including DHL charges.(our profit markups is US$250 per set). Interested parties can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org We are only selling and serving customers outside of Asia. Our fulfillment centres are based in Sydney, London and New York)
We will stop despatching stocks to any countries on the 10th Of April as mosts courrier companies will most probably be caeasing operations by then and as we expect a major shut down in the city we are based in. We also have only limited stocks left.
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