Reports of 63 Patients Treated with Herbal Medicine to Relieve Symptoms of COVID-19 at One Korean Medicine Clinic: A Retrospective Chart Review

Hongik Kim, Jonghyun Yoon, Hongmin Chu, Sehun Jung, Jonghoon Yi, Cheol-hyun Kim, Dong-Kil Shin, Hyug Yong Choi, Hyun Joo Cho, Eunkyung Lee
2022 The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine  
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to report on the cases and prescriptions of non-face-to-face care performed to alleviate COVID-19 symptoms and to present their results.Methods: This study was conducted on 63 COVID-19 patients who visited the Ilsan Hamsoa Korean Medicine Clinic from January 24 to June 11, 2022. We retrospectively analyzed all 63 patient charts and amassed COVID-19-related symptoms and their changes according to clinical characteristics and outcomes.Results: All 63
more » ... -19 patients complained of symptoms, such as coughing, sore throat, sputum, fever, headache, myalgia, rhinorrhea, nasal obstruction, postnasal drip, and voice change. In total, 30 patients were administered Eunma-san, 6 patients were administered Eungyo-san plus Mahaenggamseok-tang, 10 patients were administered Galgeunhaegi-tang, 7 patients were administered Eungyo-san, 6 patients were administered Maekmundong-tang, and 4 patients were administered Jugyeopseoggo-tang. Improvements in symptoms due to herbal medicine included the disappearance of COVID-19 fever (22 cases) within 3.59±4.2 days, sore throat (32 cases) within 4.37±2.98 days, and cough (36 cases) within 4.86±3.1 days.Conclusion: Various herbal medicine prescriptions were effective COVID-19 treatments, indicating that herbal medicines may be alternative treatment options for COVID-19. However, the evidence should be supplemented with better designed prospective research on individual prescriptions.
doi:10.22246/jikm.2022.43.4.779 fatcat:zkqslnwrubg4pg6dqpgnrjtk2i