Obviously COVID19 is big (and inescapable) news at the moment, so I thought it might be an idea to share some of the traditional Chinese Medicines that have been proven safe and effective with regards to the virus that's causing so many problems across the globe.
Jinhua Qinggan Granule (金花清感颗粒)
The Jinhua Qinggan Granule was developed during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. It consists of 12 herbal components, and patients who took this treatment tested negative for coronavirus two and a half days earlier than those who didn't.
Lianhua Qingwen Capsule/Granule (连花清瘟胶囊/颗粒)
Composed of 13 herbal components, this has shown curative effects on mild and common patients, especially in relieving fever, cough and fatigue.
Xuebijing Injection (血必净注射液)
This injection consists of five herbal extracts. Initial clinical studies have shown the injection, combined with Western medicine, can increase the rate of hospital discharge and reduce the rate of deterioration.
Lung Cleansing and Detoxifying Decoction (清肺排毒汤)
Has 21 herbal components and is mainly effective in improving symptoms of fever, cough and fatigue as well as lung conditions in severe patients. 1,261 novel coronavirus patients in 10 provinces took the decoction, with 1,102 recovering and symptoms no longer appearing in 29, a further 71 showing improvement and no cases deteriorating.
Hua Shi Bai Du Formula (化湿败毒方)
Made up of 14 herbal components, this prescription has a comprehensive treatment effect in different stages of novel coronavirus pneumonia. Studies on guinea pigs found the formula can reduce lung viral load by 30 percent.
Xuan Fei Bai Du Granule (宣肺败毒颗粒)
With 13 herbal components, this originates from several classic traditional recipes. Research has shown the prescription can shorten the time it takes for clinical symptoms to vanish and temperature to return to normal, and can effectively prevent light and moderate patients from deteriorating.
Stay safe out there - and wash your hands!
Are you a lady of a certain age?
If so, you might like to know that small pilot studies have shown that Chinese Herbal Medicine can be beneficial to controlling hot flushes.
There are some wonderful TCM formulas that specifically target menopausal symptoms, and I can modify them based on which symptoms are most disruptive to your life.
As with anything, the sooner you start treatment, the better!
Women between 45 and 50 who start having irregular periods, heavy periods, and/or some hot flashes should get in for treatment as soon as possible so that their body can be brought into balance before the hormonal changes affect it too much.
Menopause is a natural occurrence – a time of transition, wisdom, and growth .
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help moderate the negative aspects of this time so that you can appreciate it for what it is!
Get in touch if you'd like to know more!
In Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, a happy digestion means happy Spleen.
You may be eating healthy but without a good digestion system, the rest of your health may be affected.
Here are five herbs you've probably got in your pantry to help get your guts back to their former glory!
All of these herbs are good for those who are always feeling a little cold, sluggish, lethargic and easily get bloating or indigestion.
If you give them a try, let me know how you get on!
Matthew Jackson (BSc (Hons) Ost, Dip Ac/CHM (China), Pg Dip CHM (OB/GYN), Pg Cert US (MSK) MRCHM, BMUS) is a herbalist, osteopath and acupuncturist with a busy practice in the west of England.