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The Role of Herbal and Nutritional Treatments in the Fight against COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Tract Infections

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Division of Infectious Diseases, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut 1107, Lebanon
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Department of Natural Sciences, Lebanese American University, Beirut 1102, Lebanon
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Academic Editor: Alessandra Casuccio
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(22), 12001; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212001
Received: 13 September 2021 / Revised: 29 September 2021 / Accepted: 12 October 2021 / Published: 16 November 2021
With the growing spread of COVID-19 worldwide, the appeal to alternative and nutritional therapies in conjunction with medical therapies has been heightened. This article aims to review studies assessing the roles of Chinese traditional medicine and nutrition in upper respiratory infections, including COVID-19. Various Chinese herbal protocols have been shown to fight respiratory infections, with several having been tested on the novel coronavirus. Additionally, promising findings have been reported when medical treatments were complemented with nutritional interventions. Supplementation with vitamins C and D, Zinc and Selenium are discussed, in addition to certain phytochemicals and food that also possess immunoregulatory and antiviral properties. Further clinical studies are needed to establish these alternative treatments as part of the management of emerging respiratory infections. View Full-Text
Keywords: coronavirus; COVID-19; respiratory infections; Chinese herbal medicine; nutrition; micronutrients coronavirus; COVID-19; respiratory infections; Chinese herbal medicine; nutrition; micronutrients
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El Zakhem, A.; Chalhoub, M.A.; Bassil, M. The Role of Herbal and Nutritional Treatments in the Fight against COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Tract Infections. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 12001. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212001

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El Zakhem A, Chalhoub MA, Bassil M. The Role of Herbal and Nutritional Treatments in the Fight against COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Tract Infections. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(22):12001. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212001

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El Zakhem, Aline, May Annie Chalhoub, and Maya Bassil. 2021. "The Role of Herbal and Nutritional Treatments in the Fight against COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Tract Infections" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 22: 12001. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212001

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