Chinese Herbal Medicine and COVID-19

The Chinese government declared that Tradition Chinese Medicine, namely herbal medicine, should be used in conjunction with biomedical interventions in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. This declaration was informed by the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine in managing the SARS epidemic of 2003. Sinologist Marta Hanson wrote “doctors trained in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treated more than half of the SARS patients in the hospitals of mainland China with Chinese herbal medicines. They made that choice neither because they did not know any better nor because they had limited access to biomedical therapies. These same physicians also drew simultaneously from the biomedical repertoire of antibiotics, steroids, anti-virals and respirators.”  Chinese herbal medicine, again, is being used extensively and effectively for COVID-19 in China. I have been closely following the strategies of my colleagues in China where they are treating the sickest of patients as well as treating the mildest of cases to help them resolve quickly and keep patients out of the hospitals. I have already applied their knowledge in treating cases of confirmed or suspected COVID 19 from among my own patients. This is done by a telemedicine consult via Facetime, Zoom or Skype. Herbs are then mailed or pick up is arranged. I am also offering customized preventative herbal formulas. There is no effective one-sized-fits-all approach to treating or preventing COVID-19 with herbs or any other medicine. The stage of the disease, the symptoms presenting and the general condition of the patient are all critical to consider. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to schedule an herbal consultation.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is a major component of health care in China. Many Chinese people choose Chinese herbs over western medicine because Chinese herbalists have a reputation for being very effective for many conditions that western medicine treats poorly or with potentially dangerous therapies. Many people in the U.S. and in Europe are coming to understand that, prescribed by a professional herbalist, Chinese herbs are safe and effective for a wide variety of conditions. In particular, dermatological conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis respond very well to properly prescribed herbs.

 

Custom herbal formulas are prescribed as concentrated powders that are mixed with boiling water. Premade herbal formulas are also used and are prescribed in pill or capsule form.


For 3,000 years, Chinese herbalists have been refining the use of plants, minerals and animal products for the treatment of disharmonies in the body as described by TCM. Many of these substances are described as adaptogens meaning that they help your body regulate its own functions. Chinese herbal medicine, like acupuncture, tries to restore proper functioning of the whole system and never goes against the wisdom of nature. When your system is being brought into balance you do not have side effects from the treatment.