A letter from 3.20.2020
Dear Patients and Friends,
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic as declared by the WHO, we offer this information to help boost immunity and echo guidance for what to do if you are symptomatic. This is not meant to treat or diagnose any condition, nor to imply that following these recommendations can completely prevent the disease. This novel coronavirus is quite contagious with a long incubation period. Even those in good health can contract it. For general guidance please review this information from CHFS: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19
Reports from doctors and colleagues on the front line in Wuhan suggest that COVID-19 presents as a (often cold) damp pathogen. The following suggestions are designed to make the body less hospitable to this type of attack, and to help aid in recovery should you become ill:
- Ginger tea daily*
- Avoid dairy, fried foods, iced beverages and chilled food/drinks
- Food should be easily digestible: soups, stews, well-cooked grains and vegetables
- Limit (preferably avoid) alcohol, processed foods and refined sugar
- Pears are food therapy to nourish the lungs, steamed or at room temperature
In addition to all of this, taking advantage of good weather and sunshine, engaging in stress-reducing activities and taking the measures you’ve been hearing: keep your distance from others, wash hands frequently and thoroughly, avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, etc. still apply.
If you start to develop cold-like symptoms including chills/runny nose/sneezing, here is a tea you can make from items that you can prepare now to have on hand:
NOTE: This is only for the early stages of a cold when you are just starting to feel sick:
- In a pot on high heat, bring 2 cups of water and 3 slices of ginger to a boil. Reduce heat to low boil and let cook until the liquid is reduced by about half.
- Add in citrus peel (tangerine preferred), either 1-2 dried** peels or 3-4 fresh peels. Work with what you have. If the fruit is small you will need the larger amount.
- Add in 3 dried green onion bulbs** or 5 fresh green onion bulbs
- Let boil for 3 more minutes and remove from heat
- Strain off liquid (discard the food products), into a mug, add honey to taste
- Cover up with a blanket or hooded shirt and drink the tea when it’s a safe temperature
- Allow yourself to sweat
If you would rather have an herbal formula in pill form on-hand for this instance, we can get them to you. The same goes for other respiratory symptoms such as coughing and phlegm, as well as symptoms that might drive you to seek acupuncture/herbal medicine in general: digestive issues, menstrual pain/irregularity, headaches, migraines, joint pain, stress, anxiety and so on. Remember that we have herbal consults available by video call or phone call, and herbs can be sent directly to your address. Consults can be scheduled online here https://bluelotushealthky.janeapp.com/ And any questions can be emailed to email@example.com. As always, we are here, and we are happy to help.
Arwen Careaga, LAc, MSTOM