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Title: Treating COVID-19 with Medicinal Plants: Is It Even Conceivable? A Comprehensive Review
Authors: Al-Jamal, Hadi
Idriss, Sara
Roufayel, Rabih
Abi Khattar, Ziad
Fajloun, Ziad
Sabatier, Jean-Marc
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Keywords: COVID-19
Bioactive compounds
Herbal medicine
Issue Date: 2024-02-20
Publisher: MDPI
Part of: Viruses
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
In 2020, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) challenged the world with a global outbreak that led to millions of deaths worldwide. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the symptomatic manifestation of this virus, which can range from flu-like symptoms to utter clinical complications and even death. Since there was no clear medicine that could tackle this infection or lower its complications with minimal adverse effects on the patients' health, the world health organization (WHO) developed awareness programs to lower the infection rate and limit the fast spread of this virus. Although vaccines have been developed as preventative tools, people still prefer going back to traditional herbal medicine, which provides remarkable health benefits that can either prevent the viral infection or limit the progression of severe symptoms through different mechanistic pathways with relatively insignificant side effects. This comprehensive review provides scientific evidence elucidating the effect of 10 different plants against SARS-CoV-2, paving the way for further studies to reconsider plant-based extracts, rich in bioactive compounds, into more advanced clinical assessments in order to identify their impact on patients suffering from COVID-19.
DOI: 10.3390/v16030320
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
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