Since the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the beginning of the year, the number of people infected worldwide has reached tens of millions, and the death toll has reached more than one million, claiming the health and lives of many people.
According the treatment of TCM, it believes that the disease is caused by the “pestilential qi of heaven and earth”, regardless of whether it is strong or weak, the person who touches it will be sick, and the COVID-19 symptoms are similar, and it spreads in the body according to some rules. Although the virus enters from the nose and mouth, it is not only the lungs that are attacked, but also affect digestion, nerves, and other systems, affecting the circulation of qi in the body. This is an external cause, and the human body is relatively inadequate to fight against evil, and this is an internal cause. The so-called “righteousness qi is inside, evil cannot be done”. People with insufficient righteousness qi are weak and susceptible to external evils; if they get sick, the body is also poor after cure. Therefore, “caring for the righteousness qi” at this moment is the general principle of fighting the epidemic and strengthening the body. However, the content of “righteousness qi” is not single. People of different physiques have different methods of maintaining righteousness.
The physique classification of patients infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease at the beginning is mainly phlegm-dampness and yang-deficiency, followed by qi-deficiency and yin-deficiency. The subsequent development of the disease is also mainly dampness, and the prescription used is warm-yang Mainly for removing phlegm and dampness. In addition, moxibustion is often applied to acupoints such as Zhongwan and Zusanli, which also has the effect of warming yang, nourishing qi and removing dampness.
Treatment by herbal prescription
Clear lungs and detoxify soup:
Contains four prescriptions, from “Treatise On Febrile Caused by Cold (Shang Han Lun)” by the medical sage Zhang Zhongjing. They are: Ma Xing Shi Gan Soup, Wu Ling San Powder, Xiao Chai Hu Soup, She Gan Ma Huang Soup.
(1) Ma Xing Shi Gan Soup:
Components: Herba Ephedrae, Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata (roasted licorice), Bitter Apricot Seed (almonds), Gypsum Fibrosum (raw gypsum)
The Herba Ephedrae in the prescription relieves the surface and spreads the lungs, allowing the heat in the lungs to be discharged from the fur.
Bitter Apricot Seed strengthen the lung’s convergence and drop function. The lungs and the large intestine are on the inside and outside, and the heat in the lungs is driven to the large intestine and discharged from the large intestine.
Gypsum Fibrosum, heat-clearing and producing body fluid, lowering stomach, lung and large intestine fire, can simultaneously excrete the fire in the body from urine and stool.
Then ladix Glycyrrhizae Preparata saves body fluid, strengthens the body, nourishes the spleen and stomach and nourishes yin.
(2) Wu Ling Power:
Components: Polyporus, Poria, Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae, Rhizoma Alismatis, Ramulus Cinnamomi.
Wu Ling Power is for warming Yang and inducing diuresis, warming Yang is for strengthening the body and curing the root cause, and inducing diuresis is for attacking evil and curing symptoms.
(3) Xiao Chai Hu Tang:
Components: Radix Bupleuri, Radix Scutellariae, Rhizoma Pinelliae, Radix Glycyrrhizae (Licorice), Ginger
Xiao Chai Hu Soup is one of the famous prescriptions. It not only treats wind-heat cold, but also can treat many intractable diseases in the world. You can use Xiao Chai Hu soup for half-inner and half-surface diseases. Xiao Chaihu soup is used here mainly to solve the disease in the half-surface and half-inner zone and prevent pathogens from entering the half-surface and half-inner zone.
(4) She Gan Ma Huang Soup:
Components: Rhizoma Belamcandae, Herba Ephedrae, Ginger, Herba Asari (Asarum), Radix Asteris (Aster), Flos Farfarae, Rhizoma Pinelliae
The She Gan Ma Huang Soup is mainly used here to promote the lungs, resolve phlegm and relieve cough. Cough is one of the most important symptoms of patients with COVID-19. Many medicines in it are used to relieve phlegm and cough, such as Flos Farfarae (coltsfoot), Rhizoma Pinelliae, Radix Asteris (Aster), Herba Ephedrae (ephedra) and Herba Asari (Asarum) to promote lungs, and pungent warm relieves superficies syndrome with pungent and warm. Rhizoma Belamcandae is to clear the throat.
“Clear lungs and detoxify soup” consists of the above four famous prescriptions, and finally there are four herbs: Rhizoma Dioscoreae (Chinese yam), Fructus Aurantii Immaturus, Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae (tangerine peel), and Herba Pogostemonis.
Rhizoma Dioscoreae is used to strengthen the body, to protect the spleen and stomach, and to prevent this prescription from being a bit warm and dry. Fructus Aurantii Immaturus is used to relieve chest tightness, lower qi, and break qi, and at the same time allow patients to have smoother stools.
Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae (tangerine peel), and Herba Pogostemonis are used to reduce dampness, which can solve the problem of gastrointestinal discomfort, such as abdominal distension and diarrhea.
At present, patients with Coronavirus disease can be released from isolation after 2-3 consecutive negative tests. However, during the course of disease, and drug treatment, every time the physical state changes, they often show a state of Qi deficiency or Yin deficiency, such as coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue. No appetite and other symptoms. Traditional Chinese medicine can also use herbs, acupuncture and manual treatments to improve the state of Qi deficiency or Yin deficiency. By replenishing qi, promoting fluids, regulating stomach and lungs, it can regulate internal organs, protect righteous qi, and avoid recurrence of external evils. Proper exercise and stretching are beneficial to the smooth flow of air.