Published on 03-17-2020
The coronavirus is currently appearing in the US and has spread well throughout large parts of the world. As time has passed since the first cases in China, we are starting to see the viability and effectiveness of a variety of western and eastern treatment options. As with many diseases and imbalances, the primary treatment is to not get sick to begin with. Along with all of the items such as social distancing and self quarantine that we have been hearing much about there are options within Chinese Medicine that can be done to aid not getting sick. In the unfortunate case that you do get sick, there are many options to aid in helping your body to keep the symptoms relatively mild and avoid deeper progression. Beyond those points, at least the US where Chinese Medicine and western medicine are poorly integrated, western medicine and in serious cases hospitilzation and medical interventions will be required. If, however, stronger options are required, Chinese Medicine has options to help you heal afterwards in the recovery phases.
Before I get started I feel it is warranted to discuss a couple worthy options for additional information outside of the scope of this short article. First, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a host of information on the covid-19 outbreak and what to do from their perspective. Second, while not exhaustive and many of the proposed treatment options being still in flux, further explored, or not readily available for many, this lengthy research article posted in the Military Medical Research journal entitled "A rapid advice guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infected pneumonia (standard version)" is a worthy read for clinicians and the public alike.
Below are some general adjunctive technique and herbal medicine recommendations that can be considered. Acupuncture would be heavily tailored to the individual, so beyond certain points it would be too lengthy of a discussion to add much about that. As always consider direct consultation with a provider to get the most tailored advice and proper treatment. Even the herbal recommendations below are general guideposts, not definitive approaches - although they are based on both proper TCM theory as well as published research and/or firsthand clinical accounts of what seems to have been beneficial thus far. We would love to hear from other practitioners in our forums as we all learn how best to aid our patients.General Preventative Techniques
This is somewhat complicated as just like in western medicine we are still learning much about this virus. Generally speaking, on the western side, HIV meds (protease inhibitors/antivirals), possibly with rheumatoid arthritis medications (inflammation blockers) seem to offer good responses. Accordingly, to some aspect herbal approaches that appear to be work offer broad antibacterial and antiviral functions as well as herbs that limit inflammatory responses. This is still being explored unfortunately, so below is what is offered as a reasonable deduction from theory, case reports and other sources.
If things progress beyond the initial stages and symptoms worsen you will need to consult directly with a practitioner for the intervening steps. It is difficult to give generalizations for these cases and more than likely western medicine will be called for which may further complicate which herbal medicines may be appropriate for you. For practitioners with patients in these intervening stages and needing assistance our forums are a good place to ask.Recovery Stage
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Patterns: spleen qi deficiency
Herbs: ma huang
Formulas: ding chuan wan, er chen wan, fang feng tong sheng wan, ge gen wan, huang qi gui zhi wu wu wan, huo xiang zheng qi wan, sheng mai yin wan, si jun zi tang wan, xiang sha liu jun zi wan, xiao chai hu tang wan, yu ping feng wan
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