Yes, it's all over the news, but lucky for you, I'm a student who happens to be immersed in the best practices of Chinese Medicine for COVID-19. It’s been weeks since I read much of anything else, and I’m using the knowledge I’ve gained to create a plan that gives you control in this scary time, by way of strengthening your immune system to fight off viral and other pathogens. Prevention is key.
For now, what I’d like to share is a roundup of preventative measures, both herbal and otherwise.
THE ELEOS BASIC VIRAL DEFENSE KIT
Many people put their trust in my Elderberry Syrup Packet when protecting themselves against all kinds of viruses. There is no reason to think it shouldn't be the first line of defense with this virus. While we don’t have research just yet regarding the effects of elderberry on the 2019 nCoV, we do have reams of research on the behavior of elderberry and viruses in general. We know that elderberry directly inhibits a virus from entering and replicating in human cells. We know that elderberry boosts immunity. We also have research that proves its anti-inflammatory actions, and research on its anti-cytokine activity. We know both inflammation and the cytokine cascade are dangerous effects of this Coronavirus.
Yu ping feng san (yu = jade; pingfeng = screen; san = powder). This is the classical formula for immunity. Instead of taking it in a powder form, I’ll send you tablets. You’ll take 5 tablets twice a day. No whining allowed.
Mushrooms for President! Mushrooms modulate immunity, they modify cytokines, the polysaccharides they contain help maintain the cellular structure necessary for a healthy immune system. They are a wise choice for virus and pathogen prevention. Your kit will contain a 30 day supply of a Host Defense tincture called My Community, which is their most comprehensive immunity formula and contains 17 medicinal mushrooms.
Broaden Your Immune Defense Strategy by Adding the Following to the Basic Kit:
Cold Day Tea
Here’s another no-brainer many of you are already familiar with. Tulsi is anti-viral. It’s diaphoretic, which makes it a good choice for modulating fevers. If you start feeling yucky, drink a cup of hot Cold Day Tea and then wrap yourself in a pile of blankets to sleep. Tulsi will aid in sweating that fever out.
I’ve modified the Serious Cough Syrup herb packet to specifically to handle the kinds of coughs being described (dry at onset, thick and gluey during secondary infection) with 2019 nCoV infection. Please understand, this cough syrup is not sufficient to treat the 2019 nCoV alone. It’s not. It IS good to treat any post-infection cough. It will help with the phlegm and sticky dampness that is so scary with this particular virus, though, and I want you to have it on hand. IT WILL NOT REPLACE GOING TO YOUR DOCTOR SHOULD YOU GET SICK. We’re not messing around with this one.
Additional truly helpful things:
DON’T QUIT READING. I know you understand the importance of washing your hands. But do you realize that dry, cracked hands provide an easy opening for germs? If, after you do your alphabet wash, you take a minute to moisturize, you’ll prevent and heal dry, damaged skin (your body's initial and barrier to disease). If you choose a lotion made with lavender and rosemary, you will be covering your hands with antimicrobial herbs. Like a rock star. These lotions are not difficult to find (try Etsy, and support small businesses). Like a rock star.
Many of our common cooking spices are antimicrobial and/or antiviral. Including them in your diet is a great way to ward off pathogens.
Nasya is an Ayurvedic oil placed by drops into the sinuses. It is used for allergy prevention, and for clarity of thought. Traditional Nasya oil contains both eucalyptus and Calamus. I use Nasya oil before I study, but in this case I believe it can offer viral protection by coating the mucosal lining of the nasal passages. Lying on my back, I use a dropper to place four drops in each nostril. I then massage my sinuses for a minute or two. It’s best not to swallow it, so I spit out any that runs down my throat.
-I get mine from Banyan botanicals.
Thyme is a powerful antimicrobial. By throwing a handful of thyme into a pot of boiling water, TURNING OFF THE HEAT, putting a hand towel over your head and breathing deeply, so deeply, you’ll get the antimicrobial thymol deep into your lungs and sinus passages. You can do this daily. You can do it twice daily. You will love the way it makes you feel. Do it when you’ve been around coughy, sneezy people, or to the gym, or to the grocery store to search in vain for toilet paper.
-I get mine in bulk from Mountain Maus Remedies. I suggest you buy a pound. You won’t regret it.
The relationship between low Vitamin D stores and immunity is well known. Current advice is to take 5,000IU of D3 daily.
Vitamin A in the form of Beta Carotene
Like Vitamin D, Vitamin A plays a crucial role in a healthy immune system. It is also anti-inflammatory. 25,000IU daily.
Choose a whole-foods supplement. Intravenous Vitamin C therapy is a part of successful 2019 nCoV treatment in China. It makes sense.
I realize that napping is very un-American, but now is the time to cut your high-achieving self some slack. Our immune systems struggle when we’re short on sleep. Do yourself a giant favor and go to bed early. Feel free to tell your boss I said you need a nap, if that’s what it takes.
**Modified Serious Cough Syrup
Mullein--essential herb for all ailments of the lungs. Astringent, anti-inflammatory, expectorant.
Codonopsis--loosens mucous, antitussive
Marshmallow root--healing and soothing to the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.
Cinnamon--warming, astringent, tightens congested tissues. Pleasant taste.
Usnea-- antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, antipyretic, analgesic.
Elecampane--useful for chronic cough with digestive irritation. Immunomodulating, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic.
Yerba Santa--expectorant, bronchial dilator, antimicrobial. Thins mucous, stimulates expectoration.
Orange peel--harmonizes formula for greater efficacy. Pleasant taste.