Infectious diseases have been a major threat in human history in both Western and Oriental medicine during the development of medicine. One of the Chinese classics written at the end of the Later Han Dynasty (late 2nd century AD), is "Shang han lun"『傷寒論』. In the preface, the author Zhang Zhongjing（張仲景）states that among 200 relatives, two-thirds died in 10 years and 70% of them died of the infections, which led the author to research and write this book. The history of mankind has been with fights against pandemic, and Chinese herbal remedies have developed to overcome every time. We now have to use the wisdom we have developed over the years against this emerging infectious disease.
Traditional medicine says that body's defense function (inner qi) is against the pathogen (outer evil). At Diamond Princess (cruise ship), there was a case that a husband and wife were in the same room but only one of them developed the disease. That shows it is possible to prevent the virus from multiplying if one's "qi" or body's defense function is strong. Traditional medicine is to strengthen this body's defense function and eliminate the virus.
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Kenji Watanabe is a Kampo medicine specialist with a M.D. and Ph.D. in internal medicine from Keio University School of Medicine. His speciality of internal medicine is endocrinology, including diabetes mellitus and thyroid diseases. He is a...