Herbal Medicine as an Alternative Method to Treat and Prevent COVID-19


  • Mohammed Kadhom Department of Renewable Energy, College of Energy and Environmental Sciences, Alkarkh University of Science, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Ahmed Nadhmi Al-Doori Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, United States
  • Dina S. Ahmed Department of Medical Instrumentation Engineering, Al‐Mansour University College, Baghdad 64021, Iraq
  • Emad Yousif Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq




medicinal plants; plants extract; nature herbal medicine; traditional Chinese medicine; COVID-19; treatment methods


Background: The current outbreak of the serious respiratory syndrome disease COVID-19 has resulted from a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).  This infectious disease was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) because it is threatening public health and life worldwide. Recently, restrictions in many countries are applied to detect the infected individuals and isolate them, in addition to attempts to find appropriate treatments that can help decrease the severe symptoms of the disease. Regardless of the conduced efforts, the number of reported cases of coronavirus infections is still growing up. Yet, no medication or vaccine was approved to prevent and/or treat people from this coronavirus, though many researches from academic groups and medication companies are still ongoing.

Objective: This review aims to summarize the possible herbs and plants from the natural herbal medicine along with western medicine, which could assist treat or protect people from COVID-19.

Understanding the infection rules, clarifying the pathogenic mechanisms, and detecting the appropriate medication treatment could improve the development of the essential treatment and prevention methods. 

Conclusion: Since the finally-approved drug for this virus is still absent and a sharp increase in infection numbers is taking place, it became urgent to present possible alternatives, such as the Chinese herbal medicines, in a trail to cure SARS-CoV-2.


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How to Cite

Kadhom, M. ., Nadhmi Al-Doori , A. ., Ahmed, D. S. ., & Yousif, E. . (2021). Herbal Medicine as an Alternative Method to Treat and Prevent COVID-19. Baghdad Journal of Biochemistry and Applied Biological Sciences, 2(01), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.47419/bjbabs.v2i01.25



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