Traditional Medicine in the fight against COVID-19

Traditional Medicine in the fight against COVID-19

It is known that Traditional Chinese Medicine and its combination with Western treatment technique were an opportunity in the fight against Covid-19 in China. As a result, 91.5 per cent of COVID-19 patients in the Celestial Empire received treatment with traditional remedies.

The traditional medicine proved to be effective in improving people’s health, fighting against infectious diseases. The contribution of traditional medicine in the management of wide range of diseases in both developed and developing countries is increasing.

Recently, at a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) forum on Traditional Medicine, representatives of the member states of the organization called for the creation of a mechanism for cooperation in the field of traditional medicine between countries, its integration into the national health systems of countries. The SCO Secretary-General Vladimir Norov put on an initiative to develop, within the framework of the organization, a program of multilateral cooperation in the promotion of traditional medicine.

“I believe that broad and multifaceted cooperation of the SCO member states on using of traditional medicine while raising safety standards would improve the health care system of our states by attracting more attention to the prevention of diseases and epidemics, primary health care, which will help reduce the burden on the entire hospital system,” said Norov.

Representatives of the Celestial Empire spoke in favor of the formation of a common healthcare system in the SCO space, and also expressed their readiness to create an Institute of Chinese Medicine in Central Asia. For example, the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Traditional Medicine works in Uzbekistan; in June 2020, the Uzbek-Chinese Center for Traditional Medicine opened in Tashkent.

The World Health Organization welcomes the use of traditional medicine, including in the fight against COVID-19. However, the WHO also emphasizes that any traditional remedies should undergo clinical trials for efficacy and safety, like any medicine.