23 patients cured by integrated traditional Chinese, Western medicines in Wuhan

EYEAFRICA TV: Wuhan City, Central China: Twenty-three patients were cured by the integrated treatment of western and traditional Chinese medicines of the pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus, and discharged from two hospitals in Wuhan City of central China’s Hubei Province on Thursday.

The Hubei Xinhua Hospital, also known as Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, and the Wuhan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine worked together to start an emergency clinical study on the integrated treatment, promoted by the central steering group in Hubei.

Of the 23 cured patients, 18 were discharged from the Hubei Xinhua Hospital and five from the Wuhan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The youngest one is 23 years old, while the oldest one is 67. Three of them had been patients of serious illness.

It is estimated that over 20 more patients will recover and been discharged from the Hubei Xinhua Hospital.

“The medical workers took good care of us, and accompanied us even on the Spring Festival. They stayed with us day and night,” said a cured patients.

“When the patients in a high fever showed a symptom of suffocation, we should disperse the damp toxin and meanwhile, ventilate the lungs to relieve cough and asthma according to traditional Chinese medicine, and then stop the disease from worsening from the source,” said Liu Qingquan, President of Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and member of the steering group.

As there is still no specific medicine to treat the new pneumonia, experts agree that both western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine respectively have advantages which can complement each other’s shortcomings to have a synergistic effect.

“As to those of mild illness, traditional Chinese medicine should play a role, but for those of serious illness in which the respirators are needed, western medicine is more reliable, and traditional Chinese medicine is just assistant. Each of the two medicines respectively have its own advantages and emphases,” said Zhang Boli, Principal of the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and member of the steering group.

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