I created this as a handout for my patients. If you want a copy to have in your medicine cabinet, contact us for the pdf. Be well – Christina
What to have on hand to start taking at the first signs of a virus:
Antiviral Chinese Herbs
- The cornerstone of both virus prevention & treatment. There are several options: pills / powders, different strengths, and price points. Schedule a phone or telehealth appointment with Christina to get the ones right for you.
Xlear Nasal Spray
- Prevention: 2 sprays each nostril, wait then blow nose, 2 times a day
- Possible exposure: several times a day.
- Sick: 5 times a day
- Prevention: 500-1,000 mg/day depending on how much you get in your diet
- Possible exposure: 1,000-1,500 mg/day
- Sick: increase to bowel tolerance such as 1,000 mg several X/ day
Prevention: get regular sun exposure and supplement to get blood level to 25-50 ng/ml. Preferably supplement with Cod Liver Oil because it has Vitamin A which is synergistic.
Here’s an idea of the range of supplementation based on blood levels:
< 15 ng/mL = 4,000 IU/day
15–20 ng/mL = 3,000 IU/day
20–25 ng/mL = 2,000 IU/day
25–30 ng/mL = 1,500 IU/day
30–35 ng/mL = 5000 IU/day
- Possible exposure: use same dosage twice a day.
- Sick: take a Vitamin D supplement in addition to Cod Liver Oil:
- Take a very high dose such as 10,000 iu/day for a week.
- Or take a super dose of 50,000 iu/day, then 20,000 iu/day for the next few days,then 10,000 iu/day until feeling better
- Prevention: 10-30 mg/day depending on how much you get from your diet
- Sick: zinc lozenges that you suck on for 20-30 min, every 4 hours to keep it in your throat
- Prevention: if you are taking fish oil the amount that is in there is fine
- Sick: 30,000 iu/day = 7.5 mg/day
- Can get them from fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, and kombucha. Can also supplement with a high quality pill.
Anything to reduce phlegm if you are sick or have been exposed: According to Chinese Medicine, Covid-19 always has a phlegm component even if you don’t feel it yet.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine: 500 mg 2X/day
- Fresh Lemon and Ginger Tea or Traditional Medicinals Breathe Easy Tea
- Less dairy, alcohol, sugar, fried greasy foods
- Cupping to support the lungs: In most cultures cupping is a home remedy. Christina can advise you on buying an at-home cupping set and show you how to use it to support the lungs.
Quercetin if your body is having an intense reaction or lots of inflammation:
- Sick: 500-1000 mg/day
If you think you missed the golden window and the virus starts to take hold, get in touch so we can get you a customized herbal prescription that will be stronger and tailored to your body and your symptoms. Telehealth appointments are available with Christina.
|I normally try and keep the newsletters short, but this one is jam packed, so please scroll down to the parts that interest you:
Coming Soon—Our New Practice Management Software If you’re a patient, please read this as it will affect you. We’re transitioning to a new practice management software. Yippee!!!
Shortly we’ll be sending out a Welcome Email from the new system that will require action on your part. The welcome email will give you a personalized link to set up a username and password so you can access your patient profile and book appointments online. We’ll be using the new system starting January 2021, but since our last day in the office in 2020 is December 18, we’re excited to help everyone set up their profile in the new system soon.
Through your patient profile we’ll need you to enter a credit card to store for future touch-less payments and update any info like emergency contacts etc. We’ll also be emailing you our updated online consent forms through the new system. Please submit them before your your first appointment in 2021.
While we weren’t looking for more change in 2020, we are truly looking forward to this one! All the challenges of 2020 really highlighted that the old system had problems and was wasting our time and energy. We did extensive research and talked to lots of colleagues to find a new system that would be better for us and YOU. And we’ve been really impressed at how intuitive and well set up the new system is. Jules and I both say at least once a day “I can’t wait to be in the new system!”
For those who like details, the new system will handle our:
Keep an eye out for the welcome email from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness that will invite you to create your profile in the new system called Jane. No doubt there will be learning curves for all of us so we appreciate your patience and constructive feedback about the patient experience as we make the transition over the next few weeks.
What Would Christina Do?—9 Months into a PandemicI actually have some hopeful information regarding the pandemic as we move into winter. I believe that there are lots of things you can do to help both prevent contracting C-19 and also stop the symptoms from getting bad if you do get it. When you have these remedies on hand you can relax a little bit, knowing that you are taking care of yourself. I’ve been in contact with colleagues from all over the world and am happy to share with you what I’ve learned 9 months into this pandemic.
Is C-19 that bad or is it just like any other flu? There are lots of unknowns but it looks like it is minor for a lot of people, like a bad flu for some people, really bad for others, and sometimes it’s surprisingly bad for healthy people. A troubling consequence many acupuncturists are treating is lingering symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, cough, loss of taste and smell, and circulation issues. It’s being called long COVID and sometimes even people that have minor symptoms during C-19 have lingering symptoms. The reason why acupuncturists are so tuned into this is because that’s when patients turn to us. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine shine at treating chronic conditions and western medicine doesn’t really have anything for those patients.
But wait Christina I thought you said you have some hopeful information that might help us relax a bit? The good news is that I’ve also heard from colleagues all over the world that herbal and supplement strategies are effective at preventing C-19 from developing into a really bad acute or chronic illness.
So what would Christina do 9 months into this pandemic?
Prevention: I’m still doing all the prevention herbs, supplements, and lifestyle choices I have written about in detail here. Here’s a quick review of what I’m doing for prevention:
If all that seems like too much, I have some other good news that is the most hopeful for me. I’ve heard from patients of mine and from colleagues all over the world that if you start taking high doses of antiviral, immune boosting, and phlegm reducing herbs and supplements at the start of C-19, the symptoms don’t get out of hand or linger. If people don’t want to focus on prevention, they can still have these on hand to stop the virus in its tracks.
Of course there is no guarantee, but I’ve heard this often enough that I’m hopeful about it! Seeing so many different colleagues approaching it differently with success has been really interesting. It seems that people do really well with a shotgun approach of high doses of antiviral herbs, anti-phlegm remedies, and supplements that are commonly used to support your immune system.
Just in Case I Get Sick: This whole time I’ve had Chinese herbs on hand to start taking if I actually get sick and recently I made a plan for supplements as well. I commonly have lots of these things around, but I stocked on large dosages and set them aside with a dosage plan for me and my husband so we can get started right away if we even think we are getting sick. Having this plan in place feels reassuring to me. So here’s what I have on hand for treating a virus:
Just because I know I have these things at the ready, I haven’t reduced my hand washing, mask wearing, and distancing because that is an important part of prevention.
If you would like help getting a plan together for yourself and want to get some herbs or supplements, please let us know.
The Chinese herbs and probiotics are available in our office. I’m happy to talk with you about the different herbal options and find a plan that is a good fit for you.
The other supplements are available at our online dispensary, Wellevate. If you create an account and log in you can see 2 protocols I have created called Virus Prevention Supplements (to take as prevention) and Virus B-Gone Supplements (to have on hand to take if you get a virus). Those protocols have the exact same high-quality supplements I’m taking and have on hand so you can see if you want to get any of them. Remember I’m happy to talk with you about supplements and dosages that are right for you for maintenance or if you do contract the virus or other colds and flus.
So I’m feeling pretty hopeful that this pandemic won’t last forever and in the meantime there are some pretty simple things we can have on hand to stay healthy and prevent any viruses from getting out of hand or lingering. That’s a much better perspective than I had 9 months ago.
Holiday Gift IdeasWe have lots of healthy gifts in stock so you can support your loved one’s health and the health of our small business. Just come and get them before December 18.
Jules has a passion for all our products and is happy to help you pick something out and get you instructions to pass on.
Upcoming Events: Growing More Peaceful Membership CommunityIf you like the idea of quieting the noise in your head and increasing your feelings of love and understanding, come join us this and every Tuesday afternoon through December 22, then resuming January 5, for a zoom conversation where we take a breather from all the noise and make room to grow more peaceful, even now:
Here’s some of what people have been telling us they get from the sessions:
We’re so confident in how helpful this conversation is that the first month is FREE, so you can come check it out without any pressure. Click this link for all the information about the community and the link to register.
Insurance changes for 2021If you didn’t see our last email here’s a link with all the information about insurance changes happening in our office in 2021. The short summary is that we’re going Out of Network with all insurances. If you’re not sure if this will affect you, take a look at all the details here and let us know if you have any questions.
The one update we have is that the effective date for being out of network with Blue Shield is April 1, 2021. For those who have Blue Shield policies with In Network coverage in our office, you can use your In Network benefits until March 31, 2021. We’ll follow up when we have effective dates for the other insurance carriers. We expect them to have effective dates between end of January to end of March.
End of year ScheduleOur last day in the office for 2020 is Friday December 18. We’re looking forward to resting, reflecting, and rejuvenating so we can be back to serve our community Monday January 4.
Acupuncture: We do have some openings for acupuncture through the end of the year, but they are starting to fill up so let us know soon if you want to get on our table before December 18. We will turn off our current online scheduler shortly when we activate the new system, so if you can’t get on there, just give us a call or email, which is welcome anytime if that’s easier for you.
Herb Refills: If you need herbal refills let us know asap. There’s usually a flurry of refills that last week and with distancing protocols it would be nice to space them out a bit.
Since some people have been asking, I’ll mention that as primary care providers in CA, acupuncturist offices should be able to stay open even if there are increased stay at home orders. We feel confident in our sanitization and safety protocols and thank everyone who has been so careful about not coming in if they have been sick or been around someone who has been sick. There truly has not been a more important time for natural medicine and I’m grateful that I get to keep helping patients.
Sending so much love out to each of you!