COVID-19 Clinic Update
In light of the rapidly increasing COVID-19 spread...
Many people have asked our perspective on the situation...
We are mainly concerned about the impact to our community, healthcare system, economy, and “at-risk” population (see below).
- We would like to encourage our elderly (over 70 years old) and immune compromised patients to stay home for now. Contact us if we have not already contacted you to revise your treatment plan.
As part of community-based measures to reduce the peak of virus activity in the community, we are requesting that if you or someone in your household has a bad cold, cough, fever or has recently traveled in the last 14 days please stay home and do NOT come to the clinic.
Instead, call (808-364-1555) or email (email@example.com) us and we will prescribe a Chinese Herbal formula.
The benefits of Chinese Herbal Medicine outweigh acupuncture in cases of virus. We would do a phone or video call and ask a series of questions, diagnose the tongue and prescribe a custom formula that would be available within 1-2 days.
Prescribed herbs could be available for pick up (drive-thru) service.
My colleagues and I are closely following the treatment of COVID-19 cases in China (see below) with Chinese Herbs and will be preparing if things progress locally.
In the meantime, if you are travelling soon or want to boost your immunity for the next month, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know:
1. If you have any symptoms
2. Dates of travel (if applicable)
3. List of current medications
This is not panic, but preparedness...
We May Need to Close Our Clinic if/as Things Progress
We are following the direction of the local government, so we may need to close if directed. If this happens, we will send out a general email to all of our patients, we will also call all patients who have appointments booked to reschedule or restructure their treatment plans. In some cases, we may be able to provide home visits and treatments.
What Are We Doing in Our Clinic
We are NOT a high-traffic facility nor do we hold large gatherings, together with our enhanced sanitation procedures, we believe our office is a low risk environment.
Supporting Your Health
We would like to remain open as long as we can to support our community.
1. Decreasing Stress
Most of know that when our body is stressed, our immune system is negatively impacted, and it becomes easier to get sick. When we don’t know what to expect or when we run into uncharted territory, this can be stressful. We offer acupuncture and herbal medicine to help the body deal with stress.
2. Benefiting the Immune System
Having a strong immune system is vital to a quick recovery if you are affected by any pathogen including COVID-19. If your immune system is strong enough and depending on the exposure, your body may not even be affected. All of our treatments (Acupuncture, Cupping, Guasha, Moxa, and Chinese Herbal Medicine) can be used in a way that stimulates immune system responses.
Enhanced Sanitation Efforts
We have developed enhanced procedures to help minimize any potential exposure to COVID-19.
1. Asking Patients to Wash Hands as They Enter & Exit Our Office
2. Spacing of Patients in Rooms to Allow for Extra Sanitation
3. Frequent Cleaning of Commonly Touched Surfaces
4. Reducing Re-circulation of Air in Our Office
COVID-19 Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas
We have created two herbal medicine formulas based on the most commonly used herbal formulas currently being used in hospitals in China to treat COVID-19. (See Treatment information below). Because little is known about COVID-19 by modern science, supporting a healthy immune system is the best approach.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) terms, COVID-19 mainly attacks the lung system, causing fluid retention and phlegm.
1. Prevention Formula – Chinese Herbal Medicine
Strengthens the immune system and helps the body to metabolize fluids and dissolve phlegm. By helping clear stagnant fluids and phlegm the body can be more resistant to this type of virus.
This Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on a formula that dates back to 220 CE and has tastes of cinnamon, ginger, and licorice.
2. Treatment of COVID-19 Formulas - Chinese Herbal Medicine
If you or someone you know suspects that they have contracted COVID-19, after you have contacted your regular medical doctor email us (email@example.com), if we do not respond in 48 hours you can call our clinic. We will need to set up a tele-medicine or video call.
What Do We Currently Know About the Virus?
Unfortunately, we don’t know much about COVID-19 because it is thought to be a new strain of virus that never existed in humans previously.
As of mid-March 2020, this is what we know so far:
COVID-19 can rapidly spread and it generally attacks the respiratory system. In certain cases it can progress to pneumonia and difficulty breathing (see Signs & Symptoms below).
Two factors are helping fuel this pandemic: the fact that people with no symptoms can easily spread the virus, and problems with testing in the United States.
How can someone pass along coronavirus when asymptomatic (do not have symptoms)?
If not sneezing or coughing, how can they infect others?
It's easy for asymptomatic people with coronavirus to spread the illness, said Dr. Anne Rimoin, an epidemiology professor at UCLA's School of Public Health.
"Certainly, when you speak, sometimes you'll spit a little bit," Rimoin said. "You'll rub your nose. You'll touch your mouth. You'll rub your eyes. And then you'll touch other surfaces, and then you will be spreading virus if you are infected and shedding asymptomatically."
Transmission via Mucous Membranes
Transmission of COVID-19, as with the flu or common cold, is thought to be primarily via the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, and mouth).
If an active virus is on a surface you touch, you then touch a mucous membrane, the virus can enter the body. Also,if someone infected coughs, sneezes, or otherwise releases infected water droplets, and those water droplets can contaminate surfaces and directly enter mucous membranes of people around them.
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 is difficult to detect because we currently do not have adequate testing capabilities and many people who are infected are asymptomatic (do not have symptoms). COVID-19 can be easily confused with a cold or flu because many symptoms are common.
The majority of people who are symptomatic carriers of COVID-19 exhibit fever (88%) and dry cough (68%).
Once COVID-19 sets in, it appears to generally follow the following pattern of acute symptoms:
If for some reason the infected individual's body is weak and unable to fend off the virus on it's own, the condition may progress to a chronic or complicated condition. Most common chronic conditions that people experience is in the lung system (pneumonia, inflammation, and congestion in the lungs), causing difficulty breathing, however others may occur.
At Risk Individuals
Three factors should be considered to gauge risk for COVID-19:
1. Age, 2. Pre-Existing Conditions, and 3. Exposure.
Age is one of the primary factors that need to be considered when assessing risk. The elderly (over 70 years old) is most at risk (22.8 % chance of death).
2. Pre-Existing Conditions
Individuals with pre-existing conditions can also be at risk. Pre-existing conditions demonstrate that the body is already having a hard time to maintain homeostasis (balance) on its own. The addition of a new condition further tips the body out of balance and the body may not have the strength needed to fight the progression of certain pathogens.
3. Level of Exposure
How close have you been in contact with individuals diagnosed with COVID-19?
Now we are learning that the COVID-19 virus can live on surfaces for days...
We can’t be too paranoid, but how much have you been out in public touching un-sanitized surfaces without washing your hands after?
In the period before the Chinese government erected a massive barricade around the province of Hubei to block the coronavirus' escape, almost 9 out of 10 infections were transmitted by carriers who were still healthy, according to a new simulation of the virus' spread.
Compared with a person who was sick enough to have his or her infection confirmed in the pandemic's early days, an infected person with symptoms mild enough to escape official documentation was about half as likely to infect another person, the analysis found.
But since these “undocumented” carriers so outnumbered those whose infections were confirmed, their effect was far greater, the researchers who conducted the simulation found. They concluded that in the outbreak’s earliest days — between Jan. 10 and Jan. 23 — people well enough to stay out of the hospital probably played a key role in the coronavirus’ explosive spread.
Treatment of COVID-19 by Eastern and Western Medicine
In the West (Europe & America’s)
There are no known treatments for COVID-19 and its related complications in western science.
If a coronavirus patient does progress to pneumonia, what antibiotics if any have proven to be effective?
No antibiotics are effective against coronavirus because the disease is a viral infection, not a bacterial infection.
"However, if you are hospitalized for the coronavirus, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible," the World Health Organization says.
In the East (China & South Korea)
China and South Korea are using a Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine to help combat the complications of COVID-19 with great success.
The death (or mortality) rate is significantly different between the two countries outside of China that have been hit the hardest.
Other Third-World Countries
Underdeveloped countries will be hit the hardest, and will end up being the breeding ground for this virus. These countries will not be equipped to handle the impact of this disease and will have the highest mortality rates.
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