Curcuma longa (curcumin) is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine that has been used in many traditional medicine systems for a long time because of its wide range of pharmacological properties and applications. Based on the traditional Chinese medicine theory, curcumin belongs to the ‘invigorate blood’ category and COVID-19 belongs to the ‘epidemic’ category. Curcumin is one of the possible candidates that could be used in the treatment of COVID-19 as it possesses anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties according to previous studies. The Chinese medicine formulation that includes curcumin, ‘Qingfei Touxie Fuzheng decoction’, was developed with this in mind. In this article, the mechanisms of C. longa L for COVID-19 will be discussed.
- traditional Chinese medicine