Could vitamin C improve the therapeutic effect of integrated medicine for COVID-19?

Document Type : Letter to the Editor


1 Faculty of Science and Technology, The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Tsing Yi, New Territories, Hong Kong

2 School of Graduate Studies, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong

3 Key Laboratory of Molecular Target and Clinical Pharmacology, State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Disease, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Fifth Affiliated Hospital, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou 511436, China


Combined the therapy of Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and a high dose of vitamin C resulted in the most effective outcome for flight against COVID-19. It’s shortening the time of disease recovery, symptom disappearance, chest CT improvement, and tongue amelioration. Traditional Chinese medicine such as Bai-Nu decoction, and Buzhong Yiqi decoction possessed anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties, which improved the properties of western medicines added by increasing the white blood cell count and lymphocyte count supplement with vitamin C for combating COVID-19.
The western medicines that are commonly used include (i) alpha-interferon (5 million U or equivalent dose each time for adults and twice daily), (ii) lopinavir/ritonavir (200 mg/50 mg per pill for adults, two pills each time and twice daily), ribavirin (jointly with interferon or lopinavir/ritonavir, 500 mg each time for adults, and twice or three times of intravenous injection daily), chloroquine phosphate (500 mg for 7 days, adults aged 18-65 with body weight over 50 kg), and arbidol (200 mg for adults, and no longer than 10 days). (To be continued)...


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