Natural Herbs Recognised As Treatment Option For COVID-19
In August 2020, the Department of Thai Traditional & Alternative Medicine reported that Andrographis paniculata could be effective in treating COVID-19 based on the results of a preliminary research. The trial entered the Phase 2 of the research involving 60 volunteers in September 2020.
According to a report by Bloomberg recently, Thailand's Health Ministry claimed that Andrographis paniculata, also known as Hempedu Bumi locally, has been proven to be effective as an alternative treatment to reduce the severity of COVID-19. Studies have shown that the plant extract can curb the virus and reduce the severity of the inflammation. Human clinical trials also showed that the patients' conditions improved within three days of treatment and without any side effects. This herb should be taken within 72 hours after the infection is confirmed positive.
While waiting for the vaccine to arrive, Thailand's Health Ministry has approved the use of this herbal extract in the treatment of early stages of the disease. This will be a cost effective alternative in the treatment of early symptoms of COVID-19 and at the same time providing relief to the patients. The herbal extract will be available in five government hospitals and will be expanded to other hospitals as well.