Ren JL et al ​(Ren, Zhang, and Wang 2020)​reported a case on how to use herbal medicine to treat a highly suspected COVID-19 patient. The male patient traveled to Wuhan several days before the onset. The early symptoms covered fever and cough. However respiratory rales of both lungs were not obvious. He was treated with western medicine in the beginning, including orally take oseltamivir phosphate capsule, intravenous infusion of ganciclovir, aerosol inhalation of recombinant human interferon a1b, etc. Although the nucleic acid test was negative, the results of chest CT showed that the fusion of two lung ground glass shadows was enlarged and the density was increased, which was more advanced than that of admission. Additionally, the patient’s performance belonged to the damp-heat syndrome and the heat was more serious than damp. Therefore, Qing Fei Pai Du Tang was added for treatment. On the night of administration, the body temperature dropped to 36.2 ℃ and then tended to be normal. After 6 days of treatment, chest CT was better than before, the tracheobronchial shadow was normal, and inflammation was obviously absorbed.

Qin Fei Pai Du Tang

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
Pogostemonis Herba

The formula consists of Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang, She Gan Ma Huang Tang, Qing Fei Tou Xie Fu Zheng Fang. It is suggested by the Chinese Health Mission to treat covid.

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  1. Ren, Jun-ling, Ai-Hua Zhang, and Xi-Jun Wang. 2020. “Traditional Chinese Medicine for COVID-19 Treatment.” Pharmacological Research, May, 104743. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phrs.2020.104743.