Information on COVID-19 and Staying Healthy

Information on Coronavirus / COVID-19
‘Coronavirus’ is a novel pneumonia infection that attacks the immune system. Doctors in China have identified four stages to the disease. The majority of those infected will be either asymptomatic or only experience the Mild Stage. Generally, only those with underlying health issues (particularly of the lungs and heart, as well as kidneys) will experience the Severe Stage. Please note that this is a simplified list (there are substages in each stage), and that not everyone will experience all symptoms:

  1. Mild Stage – Symptoms include fever with aversion to cold, and or aversion to heat, dry cough, dry throat, extreme fatigue, chest oppression, bloating / full feeling in stomach, nausea, loose stools.
  2. Early Stage – Fever with aversion to cold or heat, dry cough, dry throat, extreme fatigue, heavy or tight feeling in the chest, severe bloated / full feeling, nausea, loose stools.
  3. Severe Stage – Above symptoms plus severe shortness of breath and difficulty breathing (worse on movement), wheezing, phlegm, constipation and irritability. Loss of consciousness.
  4. Recovery Stage – Cold sensations, feeling hot at night, extreme fatigue, thirst, low appetite, loose stools or constipation.

China has an integrated medical system and has been using a combination of Western drugs (anti-viral medication) and equipment (respiratory assistance and ventilators) alongside herbal medicine.

From a Chinese Medicine perspective, the virus is a damp-cold pathogen which moves internally affecting the digestive system and lungs. It can then progress below, affecting the kidneys, and move upwards, affecting the sinuses, head and mind. As the disease worsens the dampness stagnates, leading to heat symptoms.

How To Protect Yourself At This Time
As we know that COVID-19 starts out as a damp-cold pathogen, there are several things we can do to protect and limit its effects, which are most pronounced on the lungs and digestive system in the early stages. See below for more detailed information. It’s also important to keep up with gentle exercise and to make sure to get out into fresh air. It’s, understandably a stressful time, so it’s also important to be mindful of this – being aware of the breath is really important. Remember to breathe deeply as much as possible!

Note: COVID-19 is a rapidly changing virus – this information is for those who are healthy or with very mild flu symptoms, similar to the ‘Mild Stage’ above. Consult NHS111 as soon as possible if you are concerned about any symptoms you are experiencing.

Tonify the Digestion
  1. Eat well and eat regularly!
  2. Foods such as root vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, whole grains, soups and stews, as well as a little good quality meat and bone broths will tonity the stomach and spleen.
  3. Stewed fruits, eaten warm with a little honey and cinnamon are a great way to warm and nourish at the end of a meal.
  4. Adding digestion warming herbs and spices, such as parsley, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, fennel and cardamom will help warm and tonify the digestion.
  5. Avoid damp forming foods: sugar, fried foods, fatty foods, raw food, cold food. Avoid too much processed wheat, especially if you do not digest it particularly well, likewise dairy.

Protect the Lungs

  1. Keep dry and warm, and wear sufficient clothing, especially outdoors. Avoid getting wet and rained on and don’t go out with wet hair. Keep your house nice and warm!
  2. Use essential oils to strengthen the lungs and clear damp-cold and phlegm. These include pine, cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger, juniper, rosemary, and atlas cedarwood. Clove and niaouli, as well as eucalyptus and pine are great anti-virals. Put a few drops of the oils into a burner and diffuse to fill the room.
  3. Practise Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Here are some videos you can follow at home if you’re unable to get to a class:

Quick & Easy Warming Smoothie

Golden milk

1 can of Coconut milk
1 + 1/2 glass rice or oat milk
10g fresh ginger
Black pepper (ground 5-7 seeds)
3 tsp turmeric
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
A pinch of salt
Warm & blend the mixture.
Drink while still warm.
It’s delicious!!

Herbal Medicine For Protection

Doctors in China have been using herbal medicine alongside Western drugs in the majority of cases. They have suggested two formulas for prevention. One for healthy people who have been in contact with those affected, the other for those who are showing symptoms such as aversion to cold, common cold, blocked sinuses, runny nose, muscle soreness, and headache.

Please let us know via email at if you would like more information.

Herbal Medicine For General Health

For the foreseeable future we are unable to carry out acupuncture appointments, in light of the current situation, and as the Old Fire Station has closed to the public. In the meantime, we will be offering reduced rate herbal medicine appointments.
Herbs can be great for muscle tightness, stress and anxiety, digestive issues, insomnia, and more. We’ll be sending another newsletter out soon with full details including price etc, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like more information.

Stay healthy everyone!
Sam, Sara and Andrew
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