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Botanical Drugs and Supplements that May Be Safe and Useful in COVID-19

Written by Mark Blumenthal
Original source: www.herbalgram.org/resources/herbclip/issues/issue-666/botanical-drugs-and-supplements-covid-19/

First identified in China in December 2019, a novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quickly caused a pandemic. While scientific information about the virus has accumulated, a definitive cure remains elusive. Botanical supplements have been recommended in the context of COVID-19, but practically no clinical studies have been performed. This raised concerns over whether botanical supplements are safe and effective for prevention, as adjuvant therapy, or after exposure to SARS-CoV-2. This review addresses the misapprehensions surrounding the safety and efficacy of herbal ingredients to help guide clinical use.

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