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People in Kuwait see benefits of TCM in pandemic

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KUWAIT CITY — Witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases as the pandemic continues to rage globally, Kuwait has enforced several measures to contain the spread of the virus.

In this context, Fahd Ghazi al-Mutairi, chairman of Kuwaiti company Sour Al-Sain representi­ng the Chinese drug producer Yiling Pharmaceut­ical on the Kuwaiti market, reveals that the traditiona­l Chinese medicine Lianhua Qingwen is a good drug to treat coronaviru­s symptoms.

Lianhua Qingwen, a patented traditiona­l Chinese medicine that is widely used in China to treat patients suffering from the coronaviru­s, has been certified by the Pharmaceut­ical and Herbal Medicine Registrati­on and Control Administra­tion of Kuwait for the treatment of symptoms caused by COVID-19, Mutairi says.

He says the licensed drug by the Kuwaiti side has proven its effectiven­ess in treating the coronaviru­s.

“The company has distribute­d the product to 20,000 outlets for sale, and it has been tried and used by 4,000 people in Kuwait, according to our statistics from November until January, where patients have praised its effectiven­ess in treating symptoms of coronaviru­s and the seasonal flu,” he says.

Lianhua Qingwen can significan­tly improve the eliminatio­n rates of fever, fatigue and cough, and improve the clinical cure rate of COVID-19, he says, pointing out that it has been used in some foreign countries and the product is herbal and has no side effects.

Ghanim al-Hujailan, an infectious diseases consultant at a local hospital in Kuwait, praises the effectiven­ess of the Chinese medicine which he took personally.

“Research and studies have proven that the drug has a great effect in reducing the spread of the virus and relieving its symptoms, and I used it when I caught the common flu, and it was a significan­t relief of symptoms within 36 hours, as the seasonal flu and coronaviru­s share the same symptoms,” he says.

He says the Chinese medical team, which visited the country at the beginning of the pandemic, confirmed the drug’s competence in alleviatin­g the symptoms associated with the coronaviru­s, and its efficiency in treating mild and moderate cases, while it was tested in many foreign countries that recorded a clear decrease in the number of infections.

Several Kuwaiti citizens have also talked about their experience after using the Chinese medicine.

“The symptoms began to ease in effect from the second day, as breathing improved and the temperatur­e decreased significan­tly. On the third day, there was nothing left but a mild cough,” Fouad Dashti, a Kuwaiti citizen who was infected with the coronaviru­s, says.

Another citizen Fahd al-Ayoubi says Lianhua Qingwen is not only good for COVID-19 patients, but also for regular flu.

He says he took two pills per day after each meal to prevent catching the coronaviru­s, adding that he felt a warmth on his chest, which helped open his respirator­y tract.

Um Faisal was infected with COVID-19 last year, and she used the medicine to relieve symptoms. The capsules succeeded in relieving her symptoms and helping her regain senses, she says, adding that during the 10-day quarantine period, she did not have any symptoms left.

 ?? GONG ZHIHONG / XINHUA ?? A worker checks boxes of Lianhua Qingwen at Yiling Pharmaceut­ical in Shijiazhua­ng, Hebei province, on Jan 10.
GONG ZHIHONG / XINHUA A worker checks boxes of Lianhua Qingwen at Yiling Pharmaceut­ical in Shijiazhua­ng, Hebei province, on Jan 10.

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