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Herbal treatments in the TCM practice are very specific to individuals. In most cases, the herbs are combined by a practitioner to create a combination specific to the patient. They may need to address misalignments of QI or an external impact of cold or heat. It is best to work with an experienced practitioner like those at the EBOM clinic to ensure you are using the best herbal supplements for your specific needs.
The pandemic changed the modern world as we know it. Many people lost their lives, and others continue to struggle with long-term symptoms, otherwise known as Long-Haulers syndrome. Some people struggle with these symptoms for months or even years. Some potential long-term symptoms include altered smell or taste, fatigue, memory issues, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and joint pain.
Those fortunate enough to get through the past few years without serious effects continue to live with the fear of what could happen if they get COVID in the future. Treating the disease and its associated symptoms have been challenging for doctors worldwide. There have been many discussions (and debates) on the best approach.
COVID is the virus that has held the stage since 2020 due to its impact on the world. We have learned a great deal about it since the early stages. We also know many other viruses leave long-term effects like COVID. Shingles is a recurrence of the Chickenpox virus that hangs out in the body until something triggers it to return. The Epstein-Barre virus leads to mononucleosis and has been linked to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma later in life.
The bottom line is that once our body’s defense system allows a virus or bacteria in, it may stay there for a very long time. These “bugs” find a way to hide from our immune system and cause underlying problems that could cause symptoms at any time.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes an approach with beliefs rooted in aligning the body as a whole on an individual basis. Many studies like this one have been done to research the effectiveness of herbal treatments. When everything functions at its best, our natural system can fight off viruses like COVID or lessen potential symptoms if we do get it. Supporting our system through a healthy diet, rest, exercise, and reduced stress is crucial.
Nature gives us some of the best possible medicine to resolve ailments and to keep us strong. Herbal treatments have been used for thousands of years by TCM. Nourishing our body with herbal supplements, we do not get through our diet will strengthen our natural immunity even further. These supplements can help further support the nervous and digestive systems that outside viruses may impact.
Herbal supplements include elements derived from leaves, roots, branches, and oils of naturally occurring plants. These herbs have been proven to help with symptoms of COVID. TCM practitioners often combine herbal supplements to maximize their effectiveness. This combination is based on the practitioner’s assessment of the individual patient and the patient’s description of the symptoms. Experience practitioners, like those at the EBOM clinic, work closely with the patient to create a unique combination of herbs to promote healing and support overall health. Here are the 21 common herbs used alone or in combination during the initial treatment and beyond.
|HERB NAME||INDICATION||OTHER FACTORS|
|1. Agastache21||Nausea, unsettled stomach||Transforms Dampness|
2. Apricot Kernal
|Chills, joint pain, sore throat||Treats Wind-Heat cases.|
|3. Astragalus||Overall ill feeling||Promotes balance of Ying|
|4. Bupleurum Powder||Depression, fatigue||Breaks up stagnation in the liver|
|5. Chrysanthemum Powder||Headaches, chronic nasal drip||Often taken in conjunction with green tea|
|6. Cinnamon||Fevers, Chills, Nasal Congestion||Treats ailments with Wind-Cold cases.|
|7. Forsythia Powder||Decreases pathogenic influences like a virus||Used primarily for influenza symptoms|
|8. Gardenia||Shortness of Breath, Insomnia||Dispels heat|
|9. Ginseng||Energy Issues||Used for insufficient Qi/Energy|
|10. Gypsum||Cough, congestion||Calms wheezing|
|11. Honeysuckle powder||Decreases pathogenic influences like a virus||Used primarily for influenza symptoms|
|12. Licorice Decoction||Chills, joint pain, sore throat||Treats Wind-Heat cases.|
|13. Mulberry Leaf||Persistent cough, mild inflammation of lungs||Treats issues with the upper respiratory tract|
|14. Peppermint||Headaches, Body Pain, Chills, Problems with Pulse||Treats early stages of Wind-Cold cases.|
|15. Prepared Soybean||Headaches, Body Pain, Chills, Problems with Pulse||Treats early stages of Wind-Cold cases.|
|16. Scallion||Headaches, Body Pain, Chills, Problems with Pulse||Treats early stages of Wind-Cold cases.|
|17. White Tiger||Joint Pain, fever, chills||Creates balance between heat and cold|
|18. Xanthium||Thins mucous, relieve sinus pressure, nasal congestion||Decreases heat in the lung syndrome|
|19. Tangerine Peel||Nausea||Relieves heat congestion in the stomach|
|20. Bupleurum||Diarrhea, cold symptoms||Harmonizes yang|
|21. Safflower||Energy||Invigorates the blood and decreases phlegm|
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