I have been following news reports of the outbreak of the new strains of coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China from an illegal live animal market.
Here are some thoughts on what I would do to prevent an infection and an integrative medicine strategy for treatment I would adopt it if I did contract the virus.
Absolutely none of this should be done unless recommended by an experienced physician. Most of the educational information listed below is not supported by scientific studies or data. I have taken strategies that I would use supported by anecdotes and reasoned guesses over a variety of treatment modalities. Much of the specific herbs I would use comes from my reading of the work of herbalist Stephen Buhner (Herbal Antivirals/Amazon) on his assessment of successful strategies for treatment of respiratory viruses, particularly the SARS virus – which is very closely related to Wuhan virus.
**Stephan Buhner has put together several tinctures with dosage instructions on the most important 4-5 herbs taken from the lists below that he considers best for coronavirus. They can be purchasesd as a kit at MontanaFarmacy.com.
Herbals listed below should never be taken unless under direction of an experienced physician as unwanted side effects ingesting these herbs can and do occur.
Suspicion of infection mandates an immediate contact with a physician.
Herbs to possibly kill Wuhan virus – what I would use
Herbs that possibly protect ACE-2 that may be attacked by virus – what I would use
Herbs to possibly reduce cytokine HMGB1 – what I would use
Herbs to possibly aid in dendritic cell maturation – what I would use
cordyceps (actually a mushroom)
Herbs/supplements to possibly increase T cell count – what I would use
licorice – DGL type
Herbs to possibly protect lymph nodes/lymph cells – what I would use
Herbs I would use to possibly salvage cells damaged by virus – what I would use
Herbs to possibly reduce cytokine IL-1beta (significantly associated with decreased mortality in SARS) – what I would use
Chinese senega root
Herbs to possibly reduce TGF – what I would use
liposomal form turmeric
Herbs to possibly protect ciliated lung cells possibly damaged by coronavirus – what I would use
olive leaf extract
berberine supplements of plants containing berberine
Herbs that may also kill Wuhan coronavirus – listed by Buhner as helpful in the closely related SARS virus
Other Integrative Strategies
Borrowing from the many thousands of years of tradition of ill patients seeking relief by the sea, I would personally would adopt a salt and and water healing strategy. Since I would likely be quarantined in a room not next to an ocean, I would obtain pharmaceutical grade salt (not magnesium, Epsom, table, or Himalayan salt) and place in a small paper bag. Using about 2 inches or so, I would close off top, shake vigorously, then immediately inhale fine particles and repeat. If that proved too uncomfortable, I would simply place bag over my mouth and breath in several times an hour until I was breathing easier or felt relief.
I would also try to generate splashing or crashing water. This could be done by standing in a shower, leaning over a sink faucet that was filling, or sitting over a table-top fountain placed on the floor. I generally don’t like to be near any artificially pumped water because of the risk of Legionella infection which affects the lungs, but I would likely take my chances if I thought I was infected.
In addition to the seashore, a legendary general healing/well-being strategy has been to get to the top of a mountain… see Thomas Wolfe, The Sound of Music, Oracle of Delphi, etc. There was a reason tuberculosis sanatoriums were placed high in the hills. Some one or several factors about that topography lent itself mightily to the cure of lung infections.
Then, too, as with many patients in history if I was infected with a bad lung infection I would definitely wish for a Magic Mountain excursion. But. as with getting to the seashore, it might be a tricky thing to manage under quarantine. And trapped indoors, what would be suitable building materials to fashion a mountain in den? Laundry, no matter how high it was piled, just does not seem to be the ticket
However, thinking through this problem, in most every mountain scenario there is generally a green valley below. I would play off that pairing and take a stab at building the tableau by getting a valley organized. I would take every house plant I could find and pug it on the floor around the chair or bed I was occupying… the key being that the top of the plants were below me, making my position functionally approximating a summit. If I could not be on a mountain peak, I would at least be above the “greenery below.”
Of course, there are no scientific data or studies to support of this ancient healing stuff and many would dismiss this as little more than woo-woo. But, these salt and water and getting-above-greenery tricks have been used empirically by people who were sick for millenia for some reason. If I was sick with this virus, I would set about about doing them also just purely based on empiricism. Because, what the heck – I’m a surgeon… good enough for me.