‘No cure for everything’: Chinese medicine expert says Lianhua Qingwen should be taken with doctor’s prescription for now

MANILA — A Chinese medicine expert on Tuesday denied claims that the traditional Chinese medicine Lianhua Qingwen can cure COVID-19, saying it should only be taken with a doctor’s prescription.

Lianhua Qingwen was sold in some pharmacies after several Filipinos testified that they had recovered from COVID-19 by taking the Chinese-made medicine.

“Lianhua is not a panacea. Hindi siya magick,” Dr. Philip Tan-Gatue told TeleRadyo.

“I have to warn the general public that there are unscrupulous traders who say basta inom ka nito (as long as you take them), it will help prevent infection,” he said.

Although approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Lianhua was designed only “to relieve symptoms of fever and cough with phlegm,” Tan-Gatue said.

The drug contains 16 herbal ingredients.

“The way Chinese medicine works, medyo specific siya (it’s quite specific)… It won’t work if it doesn’t match the symptoms,” he said.

The doctor warned the public against buying the in-demand drug from illegal traders.

“Always take it under medical supervision or supervision (make sure your doctor knows this),” he said, noting that the drug can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea in some cases.


(Editor’s note: Our first title for this article – “No cure for everything”: Chinese medicine expert warns against use of drug Lianhua Qingwen for COVID-19 – was deemed inaccurate by Dr. Philip Tan-Gatue. We’ve also removed early social media posts for this story that did not reflect his views on drugs.)

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