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A review of Traditional Chinese herbal medicine in management of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has infected over 59.65 million people worldwide and claimed the lives of over 1.4 million. The virus, first detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China, is the most significant public health problem since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. There are no effective and safe drugs that can be used to treat COVID-19 disease nor vaccine to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection. Since the first cases were detected in Wuhan, several traditional Chinese herbal medicines have been used to treat this infection.

Now researchers led by David Lee from Bio-Organic and Natural Research Laboratory, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Belmont have summarized the experiences with the use of traditional Chinese herbal medicines for the management of COVID-19. Their study titled, “Traditional Chinese herbal medicine at the forefront battle against COVID-19: Clinical experience and scientific basis,” was published in the January 2021 issue of the journal Phytomedicine.

Study: Traditional Chinese herbal medicine at the forefront battle against COVID-19: Clinical experience and scientific basis. Image Credit: Dragon Images / Shutterstock

Background

China has a rich history of traditional herbal medicines. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (TCM) has been used for over 5,000 in over 300 epidemics that the nation has faced. When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged early this year, treatment with TCM was reported to have been used with over 90 percent efficacy.

Study particulars

This study was a systematic review of several traditional Chinese herbal medicines that were used in Wuhan,  looking at their efficacy in the management of COVID-19. At present, patients admitted to hospitals (except TCM hospitals) are primarily treated with western medicine as frontline treatment.

Principles of TCM use

The western medications used include antibiotics and painkillers. At present, over 100 herbal TCM formulae are available for use in epidemic related infections. Authors write, “TCM is now credited for the successful battle against COVID-19 in China”.

The ancient Chinese medical text Huangdi Neijing explains that 12 meridian lines run through the human body and help balance the immune system and provide good health. The lung meridian line interconnects with the large intestine functionally and controls the body fluid (water). The researchers write, “Expelling phlegm and relaxing the bowels with laxatives are common methods for treating lung diseases. Therefore, maintaining a smooth and open channel is an important function served by the lung meridian line.” Treatment of COVID-19 is basically to “expel the toxic moisture from the upper respiratory system and to improve intestinal obstruction.” They added that the TCM method of treatment tries to maintain the balance of the lung meridian system and to restore the lung and large intestine balance using acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Treatment of COVID-19 using TCM

TCM has been used as a first-line treatment for COVID-19 disease since the emergence of SARS-CoV-2. Qingfei Paidu decoction for example, has been used in a three-day course leading to an over 90 percent efficacy.

The team of researchers wrote, “The Chinese government announced that TCM is one of the recommended therapeutic options for the treatment of COVID-19 in the third version COVID-19 treatment guidelines, published on January

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Tencent Announces AIMIS Medical Image Cloud and AIMIS Open Lab Help Medical Data Management and Accelerate Incubation of Medical AI Application

New offering will enhance medical imaging management by patients and sharing between healthcare professionals, driving the digital transformation of the world’s medical and healthcare industries. In conjunction with this offering, Tencent created the AI Open lab as a one-stop intelligent service platform to provide clinicians and technology enterprises with the necessary tools to handle critical medical data and diagnose patients.

SHANGHAI, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Tencent announced at the 83rd China International Medical Device Expo (CMEF) two new products that will enable consumers and medical professionals to safely and securely share medical data more easily, and equip medical professionals new tools to diagnose patients and achieve better patient outcomes. The Tencent AIMIS Medical Image Cloud, where patients can manage their images generated by X-rays, CT, and MRIs to allow for safe and secure sharing of patient medical data. The second product, The Tencent AIMIS Open Lab will share Tencent’s medical AI capabilities with third parties, including scientific research institutions, universities, and scientific and technological innovation enterprises, to incubate medical AI applications.

Tencent AIMIS Image Cloud supports complete images on the cloud to reduce repeated examination

It is often inconvenient and cumbersome for patients to manage their medical images and share them with medical professionals. Therefore, patients often cannot provide complete medical information during a medical review, which makes it difficult to support further diagnosis and often requires a patient to repeat the examination.

Patients can now safely manage their images via Tencent AIMIS Image Cloud and can permission medical professionals’ access to the original images and reports anytime, anywhere. Patients can carry out one-stop management of personal data and authorize the sharing and mutual recognition of image reports among hospitals, so that the complete medical image files can be checked to avoid unnecessary duplicate examinations and reduce the waste of medical resources.

Tencent Announces AIMIS Medical Image Cloud at CMEF
Tencent Announces AIMIS Medical Image Cloud at CMEF

In addition, the Tencent AIMIS Image Cloud also connects medical institutions at all levels in the Medical Treatment Combination through Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) on the cloud, so patients can take examinations in primary medical institutions and obtain expert diagnosis remotely. Doctors can conduct online consultations through Tencent real-time audio and video facilities when they encounter difficult cases and they can conduct synchronous collaborative operations on images to communicate efficiently.

Tencent AIMIS Open Lab accelerates Incubation of medical AI application

In the field of medical AI, scientific research institutes, medical institutions, and technology startups are generally faced with pain points, such as a lack of data sources, time-consuming labeling, a lack of applicable algorithms, and difficulties meeting the required computing power. Tencent AIMIS Open Lab is a one-stop intelligent service platform grounded in secure storage and the compelling computing power of the Tencent cloud. Tencent AIMIS Open Lab provides clinicians and technology enterprises with whole-process services such as data desensitization, access, annotation, the ability to model training, testing and applying, they can develop medical AI applications more efficiently, so as to promote

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