Well, we couldn’t avoid it for long and now COVID-19 is here, right in our county. We have our first presumed case at Fayette Piedmont. Let’s not panic, but we can expect it to get worse before it gets better. There are many things we can do to protect ourselves, and we all need to be vigilant about it. Here’s what I’m doing at the clinic, and I’m asking for your cooperation so that we can all stay safe and well.
- Firstly, if you have a fever, dry cough, fatigue and respiratory symptoms, contact your medical doctor, urgent care clinic or Emergency Room right away to seek testing and treatment. I am not equipped to test or provide comprehensive treatment for COVID-19.
- If you feel ill, even if it’s just a tickle in your throat, or a low grade fever, PLEASE DO NOT come into the clinic until we speak. I welcome your phone call, text or email to ask whether or not you should come in, and am happy to ship herbal formulas to your home should you need them.
- Please use the hand sanitizer on the table when you enter the clinic I encourage you to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you leave the clinic as well.
- I’ll be taking extra precautions to wipe down door knobs, bathroom fixtures, surfaces and treatment tables frequently. And just so you know, table linens are changed and I wash, wash, and rewash my hands between patients.
- I’ll be using moxa on most everyone. If you aren’t familiar, it’s an herb that is burned that has properties that clear viruses and bacteria. It is also used to boost the immune system. Not only does it help you, but it also clears the air. Even though the clinic may smell a little smokey, the smoke has been shown to be beneficial. I use a smoke cleaning air filter, but the smell does tend to linger.
- During this pandemic, we are asked to limit activities and contact with others. Fortunately, with a small clinic, I rarely have more than one person in the waiting room at any one time, so there is minimal contact with others. However, if you are uncomfortable coming in at any time, please give me as much notice as you can and I’ll reschedule your appointment for another time.
The Role of Chinese Medicine in this Pandemic
Back in February, the Chinese government declared that Traditional Chinese (herbal) Medicine should be used in conjunction with western interventions in the treatment of COVID-19. Through my contacts here and in China, I’ve been getting reports about those efforts and am relieved to report that the patients who are getting incorporated TCM treatments are recovering, even from the most dire circumstances.
Does herbal medicine kill the corona virus? The herbal formulas are NOT MEANT to kill any virus. The way they work is to change the environment in the body to make it inhospitable to pathogens and allow the body’s immune system to do it’s job and mount a successful defense.
Let me stress that acupuncture and herbal medicine are big immune “boosters”. This combination along with proper self care is the best defense against getting sick or having the illness become severe.
If you’ll look back to last month’s newsletter, you’ll find lots of self care tips to stay well this flu and virus season. I’ve also given you some acupressure points that you can do on yourself and family during this time in this post.
If you want to take herbal preventatives, let’s talk so I can tailor one specifically to you – it’s not a one-formula-fits-all kind of medicine. And just so you know most everything I use is grown here and lab tested for purity and efficacy. If you do want to call or email for a customized herbal preventative, please note that I will need the following:
- A well-lit photograph of your tongue
- Your current or most recent blood pressure reading
- Your heart rate.
I’ll probably need to ask you some additional questions to formulate something that’s right for you.
As developments occur over the coming weeks, and if there are any changes in scheduling at the clinic, I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Thank you for your understanding. Together we will survive this pandemic!