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The lung disease, which appeared for the first time in China at the end of 2019, is commonly known as Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus that caused the disease, is known as Sars-CoV-2. SARS stands for “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome”.
Coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s and can infect humans or animals. Some variations of the coronavirus that previously infected animals exclusively can cross over to humans, spread and lead to severe illnesses.
The incubation period (the time between infection and outbreak of the disease) is currently estimated at 5 to 6 days on average. People who have been infected with the new coronavirus are contagious during the incubation period before the first symptoms appear.
There are no “typical” symptoms that clearly identify COVID-19. The symptoms and their severity vary from person to person. Since COVID-19 primarily affects the respiratory tract, the most common symptoms are similar to other respiratory diseases such as the flu or common cold: cough, fever, runny or stuffy nose, smell and taste disturbances, discomfort and fatigue.
Other COVID-19 symptoms may include sore throat, shortness of breath, headache and aching limbs, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. These initial signs of illness should not be underestimated, because in particularly severe cases, those affected will develop lung inflammation, excessive immune reactions or persistent breathing difficulties and have to receive intensive medical treatment in hospital.
Unfortunately, there is hardly any treatment or medication in western medicine that specifically targets the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Nevertheless, Western medicine is very good at diagnosis and is the better choice in the case of severe pneumonia, acute respiratory failure, sepsis and where ventilators are needed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has played a major role in the fight against COVID-19 in mainland China and has achieved very good treatment results. TCM categorises the COVID-19 infection as Yi (epidemic disease), which is caused by “epidemic evil” Qi.
In the past 2000 years, China has experienced over 300 epidemics and has gained a lot of experience in combating them. Chinese herbal therapy offers possibilities for the prevention of COVID-19 and can also be integrated for the treatment in mild and early stages of COVID-19 cases. However, it is less suitable for later stages with severe pneumonia, sepsis, etc. After the patients are released from emergency care, Chinese herbal therapy offers great support in the recovery phase by minimizing the damages caused by COVID-19.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 60’000 people in China infected with COVID-19 (85% of all infected) were treated with Chinese herbs. The classical concepts of shang han (cold-induced diseases) and wen bing (heat diseases) are often used.
Three main protocols are used to treat COVID-19:
– Hubei Provincial Hospital of TCM
– Wuhan Union Hospital
– official PPCR- Guidelines + Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019*
*PPCR: The Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China is the official compendium of Chinese pharmacology published by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China.
Patients suffer from fatigue, poor digestive function, fear of cold, tendency to catch cold and flu:
Tonic Defensive Qi
Above symptoms and higher suffering from fatigue, combine with
Four Gentlemen Formula
Preventing viral infections (2 weeks course recommended, as patients with weaker stomach can experience discomfort):
If cough with white phlegm, add Expel Lung Cold
If cough with yellow phlegm, add Clear Lung Heat
After overcoming COVID-19, the damage to Qi and Yin caused by the heat of the infection and the medication must be cured to prevent long-term COVID-19 effects. Patients often have dry cough, shortness of breath, performance asthma and weakness. Loss of smell and taste, as well as various other symptoms.
Shortness of breath, fatigue: Qi-Yin Enrichment
Loss of smell and taste: Shaoyang Formula
Indigestion: Stomach Tonic
Anxiety, Heart Palpitation, Insomnia or Brain fog: Nervolax
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