Analysis of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies for COVID-19 Based on " The Diagnosis and Treatment Program for Coronavirus Disease-2019" from Chinese Authority

Am J Chin Med. 2020;48(5):1035-1049. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X20500500.


In December 2019, coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) broke out in Wuhan and other places. Seven versions of the Diagnosis and Treatment Program for Coronavirus Disease-2019 successively issued by the Chinese government have designated traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a necessary medical strategy. Based on the changes in TCM diagnosis and treatment strategies in these seven versions of Diagnosis and Treatment Program for Coronavirus Disease-2019, this paper collected data reported by the Chinese government media; analyzed the understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, syndrome differentiation, treatment methods, and prescriptions of COVID-19 by TCM and evaluated the clinical efficacy of TCM strategies. COVID-19 is associated with TCM disease of pestilence, and its pathogenesis can be summarized as an "epidemic pathogen invading the body, followed by entering the internal organs and transforming into heat, resulting in pathogen trapping in the interior and healthy qi collapsing, and deficiency of qi and yin". Pathological processes should be emphasized in syndrome differentiation. The manifestations of qi deficiency and yin deficiency are exhibited during the recovery period. TCM strategies represented by Qing Fei Pai Du Tang have shown apparent advantages in improving symptoms, promoting virus clearance, and shortening hospitalization, as well as surprising efficacy of zero patient progressing from mild to severe cases in a TCM cabin hospital. Clinical data illustrate the effectiveness of TCM strategies proposed by the Chinese government. This major epidemic may bring new opportunities for TCM development.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus Disease-2019; Diagnosis and Treatment Program for Coronavirus Disease-2019; Qing Fei Pai Du Tang; Review; Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • China
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Coronavirus Infections / drug therapy
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / methods*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / drug therapy
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • SARS-CoV-2


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal