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I regret not having started this discussion sooner. As everybody, myself included, is looking at the authorities for the solution, the authorities themselves don't know what to do other than what they normally would, following their administrative regulatory protocols. Medical authorities are talking about the development of the vaccine by April (now they say it’s been developed already). It's been a week since this mass movement is picking up its momentum, and the most sober voice I've heard so far, came from one of my friends, who said that he handles it by drinking Bloody Mary. I’d like to contribute to the topic of sobriety, and to make a few constructive suggestions.
As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 30 years, and a doctoral student of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I'd like to share some thoughts on prevention/addressing the COVID19 epidemics on the individual level. According to one of my teachers, Asian medicine views virus as an evil pathogen. Typically, as he said, any aromatic herbs can help sanitize the environment at home and at work. Burning sage, moxa (pressed Mugwort), incents, famous myrrh and frankincense, using aromatic oils, especially tea tree oil, helps expel the pathogen from the environment. Keeping a few pieces of garlic in your pocket would support the prevention strategy as well. Having fresh sliced onion placed at every room would support joyful and healthy environment at home.
These would be the external measure. Everybody has already been sufficiently lectured on importance of washing hands. Here’s a word on prevention of cold:
For many years I’ve been known for standing on the soap box, screaming in the desert: people, wear a hat, scarf, and a coat when it’s windy and cold outside! In Chicago this kind of weather usually lasts until mid-June. Well, it means we need to bundle up until then. There is a great TCM herbal formula that’s applied at the first signs of upcoming cold, when a patient experiences mild symptoms for 1-2 days (sore throat, nasal discharge, coughing) - Gan Mao Ling. It’s sold on Amazon, I suggest the Plum Flower brand. The recommended dosage for adults is 3-6 pills 3 times a day after meal. It varies from 3 to 6, depending on the patient’s body weight - if someone is constitutionally small - take 3 pills 3 times a day. The formula can be used for children. The dosage for small children can be modified to 3 pills 3 times a day.
I had a discussion with my colleagues this morning, and they suggested the following formula to build a strong immunity and strengthen up the respiratory system: Yu Ping Feng San. There are numerous publications about the benefits of this formula for the treatment of serious respiratory issues; here’s one of them on PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5080430/. Yu Ping Feng San is available on Amazon; I recommend Great Nature brand (the dosage is posted on the label). Stress management and spirit management are very important as well. In order to keep your immune system strong, make sure you are well nourished, and don’t skip meals.
I will be back with more thoughts and updates from the TCM perspective. Let’s stay strong and optimistic! With love,
Inna Melnikov, MSOM, LAc, DACM candidate