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Long Covid: Medical Treatments

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 135939, tabled on 11 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of herbal medicine in treating long covid; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

21 January 2021

In October 2020 NHS England and NHS Improvement announced a commitment to a five point plan for ‘long’ COVID-19, which included the commissioning of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to develop a clinical case definition and associated guidance for long COVID-19 alongside the Royal College of General Practitioners. The ‘COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing the long-term effects of COVID-19’ was published on 18 December 2020.
Since evidence is not yet available on the effectiveness of herbal medicine in treating long COVID-19, NICE has made no recommendation relating to it. As more evidence emerges on the condition and its management, it will give us a better understanding on the most appropriate interventions and guidance and recommendations will be reviewed accordingly.