I hope you all are staying home and staying safe. Over the last two weeks we have shifted our practice to primarily providing herbal medicine to everyone to limit physical traffic in the clinic. Acupuncture will still be available to high at risk persons only.
To all our current patients, please let us know if you are running low on your herbal supplies. We can either do a telephone consult to update your formula, or can get a refill of any amount of the formula you currently have. Charles is sterilizing all of our bottles and bringing them out to patients for curbside pickup.
Due to our limited hours being in the office if you need a refill please leave us a voicemail or email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We have received a high volume of requests for our preventative formula after our last newsletter. Due to supply restrictions many of these herbs such as astragalus and mulberry leaf are on backorder, which limits our stock. At this time we are only providing the preventative formula for frontline healthcare workers and grocery store employees. If you or someone you know falls into this category please let them know we will be getting our next shipment on Thursday to start filling those formulas again and are charging a discounted flat rate of $40 for a week supply. I will again include the link below showing the research behind the formula we are using.
If you or someone you know is starting to feel sick or flu like symptoms we are still able to help you with herbs to try and ensure a quick recovery and stop the disease from progressing into a more serious stage. So far, I have successfully treated several possible mild cases and one confirmed moderate to severe case using herbs through telemedicine. Again, Chinese Medicine has not been proven to kill the COVID-19 virus, however, a strong amount of empirical evidence from China insists that using Chinese Medicine is responsible for keeping patients in the mild to moderate category of illness and stopping them from progressing to the severe or critical stages. I will provide some video links below showing how China has been using herbal medicine to fight the pandemic. We currently have a sufficient stock of herbs that help reduce fever, cough, and phlegm accumulation. From a quick phone consult we can prepare a formula that meets your symptom needs and can have the formula ready for pick up or delivery.
The other important thing to note is that many of those who recover from the illness, especially the more serious stages, are finding that they suffer with lingering symptoms of fatigue, lung damage, chronic pain from coughing, and other symptoms left over from their bodies being a battle ground to kill off the virus. With no standard medical treatment other than “rest”, Chinese Medicine will again play an important role in helping recovery.
I predict the world of medicine will be drastically different after this pandemic comes to a close. Chinese Medicine will be taking a more active presence on the world stage as well as here in the US. I suspect there will be the usual anti-Chinese sentiment, but the data can no longer be dismissed as propaganda by the Chinese government.
Especially since the United States has failed miserably at preparing, slowing, or treating any stage of this disease. Real research money will have to be designated into herbal medicine that will prove what we’ve seen anecdotally for centuries: that the compounds found in the plants that grow in the macrocosm around us are useful in treating the microcosm inside of us. It’s unfortunate such a terrible event had to happen to spark change, but throughout history it is generally a cataclysm that causes the public to reevaluate the cracks in society.
A productive future will be one where Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine are blended together. CM cannot replace Western trauma or intensive care and I will never claim that it should, however, imagine a world where a fully integrated system, like those in East Asia, allow natural preventative and chronic disease treatment options before or alongside pharmaceutical and surgical intervention. Furthermore, I have seen firsthand the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine in the hospitals of China to help immediately after a trauma like a stroke to curb the sequelae symptoms and recover after a serious infection.
At Garuda Health, Charles and I have been very fortunate to play a small role in trying to provide some support for the community. However we have been affected by the shut down, the only thing we ask is that in your time at home if you could please leave a review of us on Google or Facebook. It would greatly help us rebound once business resumes as normal, and let others know there is a recovery option out there!
If you are running out of things to watch at home during quarantine I have a few recommendations!
Netflix: Charles and I both love The Magicians and Schitt’s Creek for their storyline and humor.
Amazon Prime Video: PBS series The Story of China. A historical walkthrough of Chinese history and civilization.
YouTube: The Story of Yanxi Palace. A 70 part historical drama about a young woman who enters the Imperial Palace in Qing Dynasty China to seek revenge for her sister’s death. The captivating sets and clever plot lines made it the most Googled tv series in the world!
If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me
directly [email protected]
For more resources about the virus and the CM approach: https://www.elotus.org/content/tcm-resources-covid-19