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Treatment of pulmonary fibrosis in one convalescent patient with corona virus disease 2019 by oral traditional Chinese medicine decoction: A case report

Na Zhia, Qian Moa, Shuo Yanga,b, Yuan-xing Qina, Hao Chena, Zeng-guang Wub, Cai-hong Lanb, Jun Zhanga, Yin-long Lic   

  1. a Guizhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guiyang 550002, Guizhou Province, China
    b The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guizhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guiyang 550001, Guizhou Province, China
    c China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China
  • Received:2020-06-26 Accepted:2020-09-30 Online:2020-11-18 Published:2020-11-18
  • Contact: Yin-long Li, MD, PhD; E-mail address: Qian Mo, MD, PhD; E-mail address:

After one-month of oral treatment with traditional Chinese medicine decoction, without using other drugs, the lung inflammatory exudate, pulmonary fibrosis and quality of life of a 61-year-old female patient with corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were significantly improved. No recurrence or deterioration of the patient’s condition was found within seven weeks of treatment and follow-up, and no adverse events occurred, indicating that oral Chinese medicine decoction was able to improve the pulmonary inflammation and fibrosis in a patient recovering from COVID-19, but further research is still needed.

Key words: Corona virus disease 2019, Traditional Chinese medicine, Inflammation, Exudation, Pulmonary fibrosis

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