Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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.