Traditional Chinese medicine proposed to help recovered COVID-19 patients

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-24 15:43:08|Editor: huaxia

A pharmacist processes the granules of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) at Gansu Provincial Hospital of TCM in Lanzhou, northwest China's Gansu Province, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Fan Peishen)

BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese health authorities have issued a trial guideline on the use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the rehabilitation from COVID-19, the novel coronavirus pneumonia.

Formulated by an expert panel under the State Council's joint prevention and control mechanism for the epidemic, the guideline is applicable to convalescent individuals who meet the criteria to be released from quarantine or discharged from hospital after recovery.

The elderly perform Tai Chi to celebrate Chongyang Festival on Gulou Square in Deyang, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Oct. 7, 2019. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)

The guideline includes clinical manifestations of recovery period syndromes and recommends corresponding TCM prescriptions and treatments.

It also proposes moxibustion, cupping, acupuncture and music therapies, as well as traditional exercises such as tai chi.