Increasing evidence indicates that loss of smell and taste are key symptoms of COVID-19. This paper discusses the aetiology, pathology and mechanism of loss of smell and taste from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The primary Chinese medicine patterns of damp-cold and damp-heat with toxin are described, along with an explanation of the main zang-fu organs involved (the Lungs and Spleen), and how the mind and brain may be involved. A confirmed COVID-19 case in which the patient lost their sense of smell and taste is also reported, including symptoms, pattern identification and treatment with Chinese herbal medicine and acupressure.
Atopisches Ekzem und die Bedeutsamkeit der Klärung von Feuer-Toxin
Al-Khafaji Mazin; 2015
Review on the potential action mechanisms of Chinese medicines in treating Coronavirus
Yu-Feng Huang et al; 2020