April 18, 2020

COVID-19: TCHM Research & Practitioner Strategies

The current COVID-19 outbreak is caused by a virus from the same family of viruses that caused SARS in 2002-2003. (Original corona virus -(SARS-CoV)2; Current COVID-19 – (SARS-CoV-2)1). The World Health Organization (WHO) has collected a large number of reputable studies2 on the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as an integral part of the treatment and prevention of corona virus infections. This resulted in a number of recommendations published in 2004, including the following:To get more news about radix astragali, you can visit shine news official website.

"Fully utilize TCM resources by bringing TCM into the clinical treatment system for public health
emergencies, establish research networks, prepare plans for responding promptly to SARS outbreaks and for conducting research, and strengthen staff training.
The experiences of treating SARS with integrated TCM and Western medicine described in the 13 clinical reports can serve as a reference for other countries in developing strategies for preventing and treating acute epidemics.”
Sixteen years have passed since these recommendations were initially put forth, yet Western culture has not fully embraced WHO recommendations, nor have they fully adopted Traditional Medicine. One can speculate if it is this difference in prevention and treatment strategies which resulted in Italy’s death rate more than triple that of China as of 02/27/2020.

Report from China: TCM had been prescribed to 60,107 infected patients, or 85.2 percent, of the total infections nationwide. "A large number of clinical practices have confirmed the effect of the combined treatment of TCM and Western medicine on new coronavirus pneumonia patients,” said Yu Yanhong, Party chief and deputy head of the administration, also a member of the central government work group guiding epidemic control work in Central China’s Hubei province.

Throughout its long history, China has faced many infectious disease epidemics. "There must be around 250 texts written on epidemics from ancient China.3” This vast experience in managing epidemics led to strategies on how to manage infectious diseases at each stage of development and is outlined in Shang Han Lun (Discussion of Cold Damage) and Wen Bing Xue (Warm Disease Theory).

In the United States healthcare model, the role of TCM practitioners will be limited primarily to prevention,
treatment of early stage disease and the recovery after COVID-19 infection in ambulatory patients. Therefore, we can focus on prevention strategies that are in high demand right now.

According to a study published by Luo, et al.1 the approach to "Tonify Wei Qi” or Strengthen Immunity for the prevention of SARS-CoV has been effective. Yu Ping Feng San formula (consistent of Huang Qi (Astragalus membranaceus), Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis macrocephalaeand), and Fang Feng (Radix saposhnikoviae)), which has traditional indications to treat those patients with a higher propensity of coming down with the common cold, and can be used with or without modifications. This formula is also affordable and an available resource to prevent infection.

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