Treatment with Chinese herbal preparations. 8 studies conducted, with 1,511 adults. Unclear effectiveness due to high risk of bias and inconsistent findings. Unclear safety.
Do not use this treatment:
There is no clear evidence that it is effective in treating cold symptoms. Unclear side effects.
Note that while infections with various strains of Corona viruses are responsible for most cases of common cold, the new corona virus strain, SARS-CoV-2, leads to an entirely different coronavirus infectious disease, COVID-19. The research of treatments for COVID-19 is still pre mature and not based on solid evidence. Therefore, at this stage, we can only speculate that effective treatments for common cold (and related Corona virus strains) may prove effective for Corona disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the related SARS-CoV-2 strain. Please don't count on it.
Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old
Varies with herbal preparation
Treatment of Common Cold symptoms
Unclear impact, more research is needed. Current studies are at high risk of bias and show no consistent benefits.
No side effects were reported, but there is high risk of bias.
Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).
Symptoms and signs:
Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.
Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.
Chinese herbs (alternative medicine)
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