Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Andrea Boyle, PhD, FNAP
Patricia Harris, PhD, RN
In December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of an outbreak of an unknown cause of pneumonia-like symptoms in residents concentrated in Wuhan, China; this marked the start of China’s epidemic, which transformed into a pandemic affecting all continents of the world. The cause of the pneumonia-like symptoms was found to be due to the growth and development of the virus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) which spreads through an infected person’s respiratory droplets through activities such as talking, coughing, and sneezing. With COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers available worldwide, even the economically and technologically forward countries such as Thailand and China contain pockets of residents without access to the COVID-19 vaccine to this day.
This paper will examine the potential use of herbal and medicinal plants as a form of treatment in mitigating mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms in diagnosed COVID-19 positive residents in Thailand and China.
A comprehensive literature review was performed using PubMed and references cited in UpToDate. Seven articles that focused on the topic were chosen for a narrative review. Based upon the research literature, a proposal for further mixed-method study is presented.