Chinese Medicine & Epidemics

Traditionally practiced Chinese Medicine with diagnostic differentiation has been used for millennia to treat many of the same diseases we see today. it is frustrating to me that Chinese Medicine is not part of the conversation to help ameliorate Covid-19 severity.

I am certain 100% in my heart that Chinese Medicine can keep people out of hospitals and lessen the severity of symptoms. We have seen many examples of this from China and I have personally experienced it with my own patients and colleague’s patients. Chinese medicine does not act an anti-viral medicine, what it does is help restore function so the body can handle the viral insult. I see people hawking herbal products that are anti-viral but that puts the focus on the pathogen while Chinese Medicine focuses on the presentation of the person to choose an herbal formula.

In addition information about Chinese Medicine is being purposely suppressed. For example I run Google Adwords around my Stow office with keywords such as “acupuncture near me”. “find acupuncturist”, “Chinese Medicine herbalist”. However since March 10 Google is no longer displays any ads with ‘acupuncture’ ‘Chinese herbal’ . Google suppressed the ads! Why? Even more frustrating is that if one Googles “Acupuncture” “Chinese Herbal Medicine” a red Covid-19 warning box pops up.

In ancient China, over thousands of years, innumerable and valuable experiences have been recorded in the course of fighting epidemics. From 171 to 185 AD, there were several great pandemics in China. Thousands of people lost their lives. For this reason, Chinese medical practitioners in ancient China were already concerned with epidemics, which were described as ‘exogenous febrile diseases’ (EFD). Many Chinese medicine practitioners devoted their whole lives to the study of methods of prevention and treatment of pandemics. Since the Han Dynasty (206 BC to AD 220) nearly every medical book has emphasized the importance of the study of epidemics. There must be around 250 texts written on epidemics from ancient China.
Int J Infect Dis. 2007 Jul;11(4):360-4. “What happened in China during the 1918 influenza pandemic?” Click here to access.

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Since the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220), especially since the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 – 1911), China has accumulated rich experience in preventing and controlling contagious diseases. According to A History of Plague in China (Zhongguo Yibing Shijian), China has witnessed over 300 epidemics in the over two millenniums since the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 24). Thanks to TCM, throughout the history of China, there has never been a tragedy in which millions of people died like the 1918 flu pandemic, and the Black Death, which swept across Europe in the 14th century. 
“TCM plays key role in containing epidemics in Chinese history.” Click here to access.

During this physical isolation I use tele-consults and detailed questions as well as tongue presentation to make a diagnosis.  I have studied many Covid-19 cases and know I can dial in a custom formula. Ideally we want to get a patient taking a formula that day or the next as Covid19 symptoms can change daily.  Understand that a person with similar symptoms may have completely different formulas based on their constitution and other symptoms.
Chinese Medicine should absolutely be a major part of the conversation to help mitigate the severity of Covid-19 symptoms. It is just as important in 2020 CE as it was in 200 CE in addressing epidemic illnesses.

Disclaimer – I am not a medical doctor. I have Master’s degree in Nutrition and Chinese Medicine. Please consult your physician before doing anything for prevention or treatment of COVID-19, and please seek the help of a physician immediately if you believe you may have COVID-19.



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