Chinese medicine and Covid-19
My Dear Patients and Community,
Yesterday I decided to close our clinic for the protection of our patients, ourselves, our families and the greater community. For patients with a scheduled appointment, I will be contacting you individually to decide a course for your care. While we are all at home, I will continue to practice Chinese medicine using tele-medicine. To the best of my knowledge, these tele-medicine visits should be covered by insurance for existing patients who are already using insurance. Though we are not able to use acupuncture, I will be relying on herbal prescribing, acupressure and moxa at home, nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle consultation.
Most recently, we have been closely learning from our colleagues in China who have been sharing their experience with tested protocols to treat this virus. As of February 17th, China’s Ministry of Health mandated that COVID-19 be treated with a combination of traditional Chinese herbal medicine and Western medicine, after evaluating the results of over 80,000 cases. They have concluded that early intervention using Chinese herbal medicine provided better cure rates than watchful waiting followed by western intervention alone. In even in the most critical cases involving pneumonia, Chinese medicine is being used to help resolve fluid in the lungs that can restrict oxygen to the patient’s system.
To that end, my colleague Sue Foss and I are offering online consultations as a team to any patients struggling with home-bound cases of upper respiratory illness and COVID-19. We will also ask you to reach out to your doctor regarding any symptoms of concern, if you have not already, as we do not provide stand-alone treatment for serious cases of this illness. Our goal is to be of service by preventing the number of serious cases, and helping take the pressure off our strained healthcare system during these challenging times.
In addition, we also offer online consultation on the best individualized ways to boost your immune system in the face of this pandemic. Chinese medicine has a comprehensive whole-systems approach to boosting immunity based on your Chinese medical constitution and medical history. This includes specific diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications to support the working of your immune system. I have not yet tested it, but as best I can tell, insurance should cover these services if you have acupuncture coverage and are an existing patient.
In addition to the health department guidelines of social distancing and hand washing, here are the very things that anyone can do to boost immunity:
- Sleep. Get lots of it. Get 8 hours or more per night if you can. There is absolutely no substitute. Sleep is absolutely necessary for keeping the immune system functioning optimally.
- Exercise: get moderate exercise every day. If you can, exercise to the point of working up a sweat 3 times per week for 30 minutes. If you are fighting a cold and feel tired. Skip it, and rest instead.
- Eat healthy food with plenty of multicolored fruits and veggies, and eat at least 80 percent warm cooked food if you have any weakness in your digestive system.
- Find ways to manage stress and this can be different for everyone. It might be yoga, meditation, qi gong, limiting social media, walking in the woods, connecting with a friend or bonding with pets.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if I may be of service to you. May you and your loved ones be healthy and well.