Overseas Hong Kongers turn to Chinese medicine to cure Covid

As Omicron rages around the world, overseas Hong Kongers are turning to a traditional Chinese medicine capsule to treat Covid-19.

Lianhua Qingwen capsule is commonly used in mainland China to treat Covid-19 and respiratory illnesses induced by various influenza viruses.

As most foreign governments adopt a “living with Covid” policy, more and more Hong Kongers who live overseas are getting infected. Many are being told to stay home and rely on themselves, and some are turning to Chinese medicine.

A Hong Kong man in Canada has claimed he was cured of Covid-19 after taking the Chinese capsule at the suggestion of mainland expert Zhong Nanshan.

The man in Canada had earlier received a box of Chinese medicine bought on the mainland from his family members and started taking it after being infected two weeks ago.

After the infection, he suffered from extreme headaches, joint pain and a stuffy nose and felt like he couldn’t breathe. However, after taking four capsules, the man’s stuffy nose disappeared and recovered from Covid-19 after taking the drug for three days.

A mother whose daughter is studying in the UK said other parents had told her the capsule made on the continent was effective in relieving Covid symptoms.

“Many parents who have children studying abroad, or people who have emigrated, ask their friends and relatives in Hong Kong to buy it in Hong Kong and ship it to them,” she said. .

Her daughter is staying in Hong Kong for a vacation until mid-February, and the mother said she will prepare four to five packets – enough for eight to 10 days’ consumption – when her daughter leaves.

At a Watsons outlet, a pack of 24 capsules of Lianhua Qingwen made by Shijiazhuang Yiling Pharmaceutical on the mainland is selling for HK$49 on Monday. At least nine capsule packs were still on the shelf.

The packaging stated that users should take four capsules at a time and three times a day. A member of staff said the capsules are intended for ‘dissipating heat and detoxifying’, but recently there have been rumors that it could prevent or even treat Covid infections.

“Maybe it’s because this capsule contains Indigowood root (also known as banlangen). It’s like when we had SARS, people panicked and bought banlangen thinking that he could treat the infection,” she said.

“It just sold for HK$49 and honestly I don’t know if that’s keeping Covid out.” Chinese medicine practitioner Norton Lam Tik-lung said the Lianhua Qingwen capsule was recommended in mainland China for the treatment of mild illnesses caused by Covid.

He said the herbal ingredients in the drug help flush out heat toxins in the body and detoxify and is also used to cure colds and flu.

He added that the drug should only be taken to treat flu-like symptoms, while long-term use can upset the “hot and cold” balance, which is yin and yang from a health perspective. Chinese medicine.

Lam said people who have caught Covid should seek medical attention under all circumstances.

Respiratory specialist Leung Chi-chiu said the effectiveness of medicine, whether Chinese or Western, can only be found through strict clinical trials. “But prevention is always a better option than treatment. Citizens, especially the elderly, should get vaccinated as soon as possible,” he said.