STUDY: 6 Chinese Herbs “Directly Inhibit” Coronavirus Infection

March 13, 2020 at 12:59 am

Chinese-government-funded researchers have identified 26 herbs with a “high probability” of preventing coronavirus infection, 6 of them prevented infection by an earlier version of coronavirus in ALL study participants!

Recognizing the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine against earlier versions of coronavirus, the Chinese government is funding research to determine which herbs are most potent against the novel variety of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

“The effectiveness of herbal treatment to control contagious disease was demonstrated during the 2003 SARS outbreak,” write the researchers in a new study. “As such, the Chinese government is encouraging the use of herbal plants in fighting this new viral pneumonia.”

The researchers identified 13 natural compounds “confirmed to directly inhibit” two earlier versions of coronavirus: severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which originated in Hong Kong in 2003, and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which originated in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Although the novel Wuhan coronavirus has mutated, “the genetic similarities between coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and SARS or MERS coronaviruses are high,” the researchers note.

Using a 3D model of the molecular structure of the 2019 Coronavirus, they found the chemical compounds were also able to bind to the proteins predicted for the new coronavirus.

The researchers identified 125 herbs that each contained at least 2 of those compounds, Of those, they selected 26 herbs routinely used in treating viral respiratory infection.

“We undertook a multiple step selection process and screened out 26 herbal plants with a high probability of directly inhibiting the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), possibly providing instant help in the prevention and treatment of the pneumonia that it can cause,” they wrote.

The 26 herbs selected for further study are as follows:

Forsythiae fructus


Mori cortex

Chrysanthemi flos

Farfarae flos

Lonicerae japonicae flos

Mori follum

Peucedani radix

Rhizoma fagopyri cymosi

Tamaricis cacumen

Erigeron breviscapus

Radix bupleuri

Coptidis rhizoma

Houttuyniae herba

Hoveniae dulcis semen

Inulae flos

Eriobotryae folium

Hedysarum multijugum maxim

Lepidii semen descurainiae semen

Ardisiae japonicae herba

Asteris radix et rhizoma

Euphorbiae helioscopiae herba

Ginkgo semen

Anemarrhenae rhizoma

Epimrdii herba

Fortunes bossfern rhizome

The following herbs successfuly prevented SARS and Swine Flu (H1N1) infection in a total of seven studies.


Radix astragali (Huangqi)

Radix glycyrrhizae (Gancao)

Radix saposhnikoviae (Fangfeng)

Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae (Baizhu)

Lonicerae Japonicae Flos (Jinyinhua)

Fructus forsythia (Lianqiao)

None of the participants in the studies contracted SARS, and the rate of Swine Flu infection was significantly lower in the group that was treated with the above herbs.