January 23 at 10:37 AM ·
Corona virus treatment. I have an analysis of how corona viruses infect tissues, what tissues they infect, and the herbs that are useful to interrupt that process, as well as the herbs useful to shut down the cytokine cascade they create on pages 52-55 of Herbal Antivirals. It is useful reading in that it can inform treatment from a knowledgeable place (there are also some suggestions, not often used by medical professionals, for specific pharmaceuticals that have been found to be useful). Here is a sample protocol. Please note it is rather more extensive than the ones i normally suggest, this is because the particular corona virus that is now spreading world wide is exceptionally potent in its impacts. Again, this is only a suggested protocol, but all the herbs are specific in one way or another for this virus. A number of the herbs are strongly antiviral for corona viruses. In general, I would only begin using these formulations IF there is good reason to believe that the virus is entering your area. The formulations are preventative as well as specific for acute infections, the only alteration is the dosage. Three tincture formulations and one tea.
Core tincture formulation: Baikal skullcap (3 parts), japanese knotweed root (2 parts), kudzu (2 parts), licorice (1 part), decocted elder leaf tincture (1 part). Note, the berry will do i guess but it is about 1/3 as effective as the decocted leaf (which no one sells, you have to make it yourself). Dosage: 1 tsp 3x day, 6x if active infection.
Immune system, cellular protection, cytokine interruption tincture formulation, supportive for core tincture activity: Cordyceps (3 parts), Dong Quai (2 parts), rhodiola (1 part), astragalus (1 part). Dosage: same as above.
Cellular protection, cytokine interruption, spleen/lymph support tincture formulation: Dan Shen (3 parts), red root (2 parts), cinnamon (1 part). same dosage as above.
With active infection: very strong boneset tea, to 6x day.
I have used this with other corona virus infections, including SARS, it works well.
I agree that this is very important. I raised two children who could easily have a fever of 102F and other moms would look at them and say, "they're just fine". They hid their fevers and only slowed down from overdrive to 3rd gear, so it was a challenge! Current North American society encourages people to take medication and keep on going and go ahead and send their kids to school so "they don't miss out" (I actually saw an ad to that effect in a parenting magazine - I never bought it again!) So "learning individual needs" may not come naturally and may require "unlearning" bad habits trained into many of us. I've been good at understanding what my body says for a long time, but maybe members who are just learning the skill could contribute ideas and suggestions that helped them? Or people who have consciously taught others this skill?
I think it's also important to self-advocate by learning individual needs. I used to take pot shots in the dark hoping this or that would do the job. But there really was no substitute for learning what my body needs compared to what may work better for someone else.
Jay Angler wrote:So "learning individual needs" may not come naturally and may require "unlearning" bad habits trained into many of us.
r ranson wrote:Kudzu has long been used in traditional Asian medicines.
Here's a more modern take on some of the current day uses in the West https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-750/kudzu
and plants for the future https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Pueraria+montana
It looks like it's used for fighting some types of infection as well as strengthening the circulatory system.
My Japanese friends suggest that eating Kudzu is considered good for health in general and good for boosting the immune system.
As we don't have kudzu here, I haven't done any in-depth research, but it's frequently found in Chinese medicine and I've seen mention of it in modern herb books. I also seem to remember a thread about the healing benefits of Kudzu on permies somewhere. If it doesn't exist, it would make a great topic for a new thread.
If it's a "supply and demand" thing, maybe it's a sign that lots of people are taking the "boost your immune system" advice seriously. If it's just a company taking advantage of the scare, I'm not impressed!
r ranson wrote:Ug, annoyed. The vitamin C I buy from amazon has jumped in price this week. On Monday when I bought some, it was $1.75 for 15 tablets. Now it's $9.something with $25 shipping. Very annoying as I'm trying to quash a regular cold and this is a great tool for that.