Currently, to treat COVID-19, there is only one FDA approved treatment (remdesivir) and a drug going through a clinical trial, hydroxychloroquine. Hydroxychloroquine, a malaria medication, interactions with drugs used to regulate the heartbeat. It may also cause direct myocardial toxicity and worsen cardiomyopathy, a problem that can lead to heart failure. Additionally, remdesivir, an antiviral medication that’s the only FDA approved COVID-19 treatment can cause low blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm.
Rather than relying on these treatments to treat COVID-19, the latest research suggests that Chinese herbs may also play a significant role in treatment. It has been found that Chinese herbs may inhibit the invasion and replication of the virus. These herbs also help an immune regulatory response on the body by modulating the inflammatory response.