Experts on Lianhua Qingwen and Delta Variant: Last July 13, 2021, The Department of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Service Institute in partnership with Philippine Archipelago International Trading Corporation hosted a webinar featuring prominent figures in Traditional Chinese Medicine, who were instrumental in the pandemic management in China. The webinar, entitled “Learning from the China Experience – Control and Surge Prevention”, highlighted both countries’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vital points gathered from panelists include “early intervention” and “integration of Chinese and Western medicine with comprehensive rehabilitation treatment.” Read: PH and China Pandemic Experience Shared in Webinar
Cooperation is vital to the efficacy of all preventive and control efforts. The implementation of a top-down, side-to-side, and bottom-up approach basically ensures that the paramount objective of having proper communication and information dissemination to the entire community and all sectors is met. Moreover, physiological, emotional, and psychological rehabilitation treatments play a big part in battling the virus. There are three Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) to treat Covid-19 in China and is registered and currently distributed in the Philippines — Lianhua Qingwen Capsule.
Academician Zhang Boli gave emphasis to the importance of medication in the cure, control, and prevention of COVID-19. “Quarantine without medicine is only half the success”, said the Academician.
It was recently reported in the news that “The latest research findings from the team of Professor Yang Zifeng from the State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Disease in Guangzhou, China, have shown that Chinese medicine Lianhua Qingwen has an effective inhibitory action on the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2.” In fact, its anti-viral functions are effective against not just the Delta, but also the Alpha and Beta variants as well.
Moreover, preventive measures of social distancing, wearing face masks and shields, washing hands frequently, using sanitizer alcohol, and keeping healthy by exercising, getting sunshine, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep are still highly advised.
As Dr. Zhang Boli said, quarantine + medication is key. The importance of the Philippine government’s PDITR +V strategy is Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, Reintegrate and Vaccinate, which is sure to cut off the transmission chain according to Contact Tracing Czar, Baguio Mayor Benjie Magalong.
Despite its safety, Lianhua Qingwen’s current classification is Prescription Drug (Rx)—requiring a doctor’s prescription. Prescription-holding consumers may purchase in all Mercury Drug Stores, Southstar Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy and TGP nationwide and other pharmacies at a suggested retail price of P288.00/box (24 capsules/box). For more information on Lianhua Qingwen, visit www.philarchipelago.com.