According to a report by Berita Harian at the time, Selangor Datuk’s director of health, Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman, said the product was illegally imported from China.
Using TCM to treat COVID-19 is a hot topic, even among experts.
The topic has become even more controversial as the World Health Organization (WHO) has been condemned by the international medical community for spending years approving Chinese TCM.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, the WHO removed a warning on its website regarding the use of TCM to treat COVID-19. This fueled more controversy, the BBC reported.
Although Lian Hua Qing Wen has been approved in Canada since 2012, doctors there have warned people to be cautious about claims of the drug’s use to treat COVID-19.
“Selling unauthorized health products or making false or misleading claims to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 is illegal in Canada,” the Health Canada spokesperson said in a statement emailed to CBC News on last month.
Meanwhile, closer to home, Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng said Lian Hua Qing Wen is “effective” in treating COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms, media reported. of Chinese State Xinhua.
The statement mirrors a similar approach in China, where non-life-threatening COVID-19 patients were given TCM.
The drug is also registered in the Philippines and Indonesia. However, it is only licensed as a herbal remedy to relieve cough and fever, not as a treatment for COVID-19.