Understanding of guidance for acupuncture and moxibustion interventions on COVID-19

“At present, the situation of global fight against COVID-19 is serious. WHO (World Health Organization)- China Joint Mission fully confirms the success of “China’s model” against COVID-19 in the report. In fact, one particular power in “China’s model” is acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicine. To better apply “non-pharmaceutic measures”—the external technique of traditional Chinese medicine, in the article, the main content of Guidance for acupuncture and moxibustion interventions on COVID-19 (Second edition) issued by China Association of Acupuncture-Moxibustion is introduced and the discussion is stressed on the selection of moxibustion device and the duration of its exertion.”

The number of severe cases decreased and the hospital discharge rate improved remarkably.

“With regard to “non-pharmaceutic measures” proposed in the report of WHO-China Joint Mission, besides active surveillance, timely detection, voluntary quarantine, and rigorous tracing, actually, there is still a mysterious power, that is various kinds of external therapeutic approaches of traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM). By the time for the authors submitting the manuscript, it is known that many therapeutic methods of TCM, e.g. Chinese herbal decoction, acupuncture, moxibustion, acupoint plaster, auricular acupuncture, and cupping have adopted in the treatment of COVID- 19. In the regions where TCM therapeutic methods were highly utilized, the curative rate was increased, the number of severe cases decreased and the hospital discharge rate improved remarkably. The utilization of TCM therapeutic interventions block effectively the continuous spreading of COVID-19 in China.”

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