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COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment: A Chinese Medicine Doctor's Guide

April 12, 2020 Update: Reports from those using the prevention and/or treatment protocols described below continue to arrive, and although the number of people reporting back is relatively small, approximately 20 people at this point, the success rate is 100%. Those who have used the treatment protocol have been able to resolve their illness within 3-4 days, with most people reporting feeling 80-90% better after two days on the high dose program.

Last updated April 04, 2020

The COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus pandemic has been spreading very rapidly throughout the world. As of this writing there have been over one million people known to have been infected with the virus, close to 65,000 deaths, and the number is expected to grow over the next few days and weeks. It is important to keep in mind that approximately 95% or more of people who have been infected with COVID-19 will recover, some after a relatively brief period of discomfort of a few days, and some after two or more weeks of pneumonia-related suffering. At highest risk are the elderly and those who suffer from a serious concurrent condition, such as emphysema or heart disease.

The Chinese have the most experience dealing with this epidemic, and at the moment appear to have turned the corner with the illness, having learned how to both effectively treat COVID-19 and prevent its spread. Given that the antiviral medications available in the Western medical arsenal are not effective in combatting COVID-19, the success in China is apparently due to a number of other factors, including isolation, hygiene, and the use of gloves and masks. But perhaps the most influential factor in overcoming the illness has been the widespread use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a fact that has been underreported in the non-Chinese literature.

Expert medical panels made up of some of the top Chinese Medicine doctors in China have been convened in order to arrive at treatment and prevention strategies for dealing with the current epidemic. The success rate using Chinese herbal medicine to prevent COVID-19 progression is greater than 90%, according to analyses conducted by Chinese medical personnel, and as a consequence, Beijing has ordered entire provinces to use Chinese herbal medicine to treat both those who are ill as well as anyone suspected of being infected. Herbal treatment protocols have been published by various Chinese authorities, and have been revised and updated over the course of the past two months as data has been collected and analyzed.

The TCM treatment of COVID-19 is a bit complex and is not something I will go into in this paper. Suffice it to say that the use of TCM herbal strategies for COVID-19 is differentiated according to at least four and sometimes up to nine different stages of the illness, each person being treated with an herbal formula that is appropriate for the current stage of the illness in their particular body. In other words, someone who has just begun getti