Chao Huang, Weixuan Huang, Haosheng Liu, Zhaoxin Chen, Ying Sun and Weizeng Shen*
Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Affiliated Bao’an Hospital of Shenzhen, ChinaFulltext PDF
Background and Objectives: The diagnosis and treatment of other common and chronic diseases under circumstances of COVID-19 epidemic is very serious. This study aimed to summarize and assess the social effects and potential value of combination of Internet hospital with Chinese herbs on the patients suffering from common and chronic diseases. Methods: We collected and evaluated daily data including manner seeing a doctor online, ages, gender, pattern of payment, and way getting the medicine. In addition, number of diseases diagnosed, areas of Chinese herbs delivered, and composition and quantity of these drugs were also computed. Results: Physicians in Internet hospital provided online medical services to 1,888 visitors daily through image-text consultation and video interrogation. The diseases included insomnia, distention and fullness, emmeniopathy. The Chinese herbs prescribed were delivered by SF-Express to Guangdong and outside, especially in Shenzhen. The prescriptions were up to 599. Six kinds of scented teas comprised by Chinese herbs were produced and extensively sold in and around Shenzhen through this Internet platform. Conclusion: The combination of Internet hospital with TCM is very promising, contributing to control of COVID-19 epidemic and producing new industries which drive economic recovery.
COVID-19; Internet hospital; Traditional Chinese Medicine; Chronic diseases; Epidemic
Huang C, Huang W, Liu H, Chen Z, Sun Y, Shen W. The Social Effects and Potential Value of Combination of Chinese Herbal Medicine with Internet Hospitals during the COVID-19 Epidemic. Open J Public Health. 2022; 4(1): 1030..