Alternative medicine

Thailand’s department of traditional and alternative medicine will treat ‘Long Covid’ patients

According to the chief executive of the department, Dr Thiti Sawaengtham, at least 400,000 people in the country are suffering from post-Covid-19 syndrome which could occur after a patient was cured of the virus after a month.

A campaign to treat people suffering from post-Covid-19 syndrome, or “Long Covid”, has been launched by the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine (DoTTAM).

A mobile unit was launched in Lampang province on Wednesday to offer assistance to Long Covid patients using traditional Thai herbs. The treatment will be offered to the public free of charge.

According to the chief executive of the department, Dr Thiti Sawaengtham, at least 400,000 people in the country are suffering from post-Covid-19 syndrome which could occur after a patient was cured of the virus after a month. Patients will experience symptoms such as stress, fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, cough despite the fact that their lungs have already recovered from the virus, with these conditions remaining for up to six months.


Dr. Thiti said herbal and modern treatments can help cure these problems. There are many herbal formulas that are helpful in relieving these symptoms, such as medications using cannabis oil as a base ingredient, which can counteract drowsiness and loss of appetite. He advised patients to consult traditional and alternative medicine specialists as some herbal treatments require a prescription and patients may have a combination of symptoms requiring diagnosis.

The chief executive urged Long Covid patients to contact nearby DoTTAM clinics or public hospitals for treatment. The department also offers an online consultation service through the Line app and also provides drug delivery to patients. (NNT)