China looks into Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine to tackle the coronavirus. Photo via Bernama

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Looking at combination of TCM, Western medicine in treating coronavirus patients

WUHAN: China on Monday launched a research programme to evaluate the clinical value of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) combined with Western medicine in the prevention and treatment of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), reported Xinhua news agency.

The programme is led by Zhang Boli, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Eight institutions from four provinces organised by the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine will participate in the research.

The research will evaluate the clinical efficacy of TCM combined with Western medicine in treating mild cases and the clinical value of such treatment for severe and critical cases.

TCM and Western medicine have their respective focuses and complementary strengths in treating the novel coronavirus pneumonia, said Zhang, adding that the programme should serve clinical treatment while strengthening scientific research.

So far, the research team has completed the building of a database and the training of medical professionals and begun including cases for study. – Bernama

China looks into Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine to tackle the coronavirus. Photo: ZUMA Press via Bernama