Experts Discuss Role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Fighting COVID-19 – Manila Bulletin
Chinese medical experts and Filipino officials exchanged views on their respective experiences in the fight against COVID-19 (2019 coronavirus disease) even as the government in Manila expressed appreciation for China’s assistance in the country’s response to the pandemic, including in-kind and vaccine donations, and sharing best practices and know-how with their Filipino counterparts.
During the webinar titled “Learning from the COVID-19 experience in China”, experts also discussed Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its important contributions to the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in China. Organized on July 13, the virtual event was co-organized by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and the Philippine Archipelago International Trading Corporation (PAITC).
In his welcoming remarks, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. thanked Beijing, saying the partnership with China from the start made the Philippines feel that it was not alone in the fight against the pandemic.
“Maybe the definitive cure will come from the other side of the world, but that won’t change the consolation that on this side of the world from the start we had you. Thank you, China, from the bottom of my heart, ”added the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Eminent Chinese medical experts Zhang Boli, honorary president of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Dr. Jia Zhenhua, president of Hebei Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, discussed separately what one could learn from China’s experience in the control and surge prevention aspect of the pandemic.
Dr Jia Zhenhua discussed the use of TCM in the prevention and treatment of respiratory infectious diseases in China as he explained COVID-19 based on the theory of collateral diseases and how it is treated at the using traditional Chinese medicines.
Recipient of the national honorary title of “People’s Hero” in August 2020, Dr. Jia noted the use of Lianhua Qingwen which is now widely used and distributed in the Philippines.
Academician Zhang Boli, one of the most prominent figures in China’s fight against COVID-19, has said he sees COVID-19 as the “bane of the century.”
In his presentation, Zhang showed data explaining the effects and course of the virus and how preventive measures were initially carried out. He discussed the importance of early intervention to reduce severe conversion rate and the integration of Chinese and Western medicine with comprehensive rehabilitation treatment such as respiratory training, physical therapy, Tai- chi, psychotherapy to prevent the sequelae of Covid-19 infection. such as physical injury (damage to immune function, heart, lungs and kidneys) and psychological trauma such as insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Zhang mentioned that another traditional Chinese medicine, Xuanfei Baidu decoction, is also widely used in China against COVID-19.
“Quarantine without drugs is only half the success,” said Zhang, stressing the importance of sharing their knowledge of traditional medicine with the world through donations made to different countries and hosting webinars with other countries like the Philippines.
PAITC President Olivia Limpe-Aw, co-host of the webinar, noted some similarities in terms of experiences, government policies and values of the two countries, especially in the areas of early intervention, midlife with drugs, integration of Chinese and Western medicine with rehabilitation treatment. , and all the others help to increase the curative rate and reduce the death rate. Limpe-Aw is the holder of the EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for the supply of Sputnik V vaccine to the Philippines.
Baguio City Mayor and Tsar Benjamin Magalong on the National Working Group Contact Tracing joined the panel discussion by recounting how they got through the pandemic through proactive contact tracing efforts that enabled them to control the spread of disease. He said they immediately used a strategy called Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat and Reintegrate (PDITR) to cut the chain of transmission.
Deputy Head of National Task Force Implementation and Tsar’s Secretary of Testing Vince Dizon gave an overview of the country’s national immunization program while thanking Chinese foreign service officials for their continued supply of Chinese vaccines. .
To date, China remains the country’s largest supplier of COVID-19 vaccines, especially Sinovac, with 11 million doses purchased and one million doses donated by the Chinese government.
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