Chris Smaka runs the Vitalways herbal education program in Portland, OR and has written about the COVID VIRUS on his blog. His clear message doesn't tout unfounded cures and focuses on supporting health and vitality.
Good Clean Herbalism!
Donnie Yance is a highly experienced clinical herbalist who runs the Medieri Foundation in Ashland, OR and specializes in complementary therapies for cancer patients. Donnie is an excellent researcher to help us understand the safe and gentle nature of Elderberry for Viral Infections.
Thanks Donnie, this needed to be done!
Chris Hobbs PhD is a 4th generation botanist/herbalist, a researcher and expert mycologist. He is working on some COVID virus research for us. Check back here soon as our resources grow.
We Love Chris's take on EVERYTHING!
Dr D'adamo wrote the Eat Right for Your Type book several decades ago based on how various lectins and molecules in different foods affect glycoprotein receptors on various blood types differently.
Lectins are fascinating compounds with anti-cancer and immmune modulating effects.
Paul Berger is an herbal author and educator and directs the National Institute of Medical Herbalism. This page provides links to a small number of articles on herbs that may be suitable for treating respiratory viruses.
Sambucus nigrans, Elderberry, is a traditional medicine for viral infection and influenza. It is NOT true that Elderberry medicines are dangerous for treating respiratory symptoms associated with acute viral epidemics.
Thanks Kris - Delicious Every Time!
We Carry a large array of immune tonics, antivirals, Vitamn A, C, Zinc, Glutathione, Elderberry, Astragalus, Medicinal Mushrooms and More
We will offer curbside service for our patients to refill their medications and our Battle Ground Apothecary will remain open to assist you getting what you need.
We will also offer phone appointments and a limited number of in-person appointments for those with acute or urgent issues
Dr Espinosa has put together one of the most educational summaries of the COVID virus that we have seen.
The user-friendly narrative offers introductory material for the general public, yet dives deep to flesh out some details. And best of all it offers some nutritional ideas for general and specific immune support.
Thank you Dr Shawna Eischens for sharing research papers on the positive effects of fever. Resist the temptation to pop a tylenol or other med to bring down a fever because the febrile state is part of the body's healing immune response.
While it is too early to have clinical rsearch o herbal medicines for COVID-19, many herbs have reported activity for other Corona viruses.
Corona viruses include MERS, SARS and RSV, all responsible for inducing viral pneumonia that can result in ARDS - Acute Respiratory Distress.
Herbs often bind to the surface of respiratory cells and prevent the viron from binding and gaining entry, where it may replicate.
More information Coming Soon.
Among the herbs that Dr Stansbury and many of her professional colleagues are considering are:
Licorice - Glycycyrrhiza glabra
Biscuit Root - Lomatium
Osha - Ligusticum dissectum
Wild Indigo - Baptisisa tinctoria
Honeysuckle - Lonicera spp
Elderberry & Flower - Sambucus
Pleurisy root - Asclepius tuberosa
King of Bitters - Andrographis
And don't forget our tried and true aromatics! Garlic, onions, ginger, cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, eucalytus, citrus, mustard, horseradish, cloves, mint...
This is a newsy rather than scholarly article, but many hospitals and clinicians report IV Vitamin C as a possible therapy for COVID-19.
Can you just take Vitamin C? Sure! It may not be a powerful therapy all on its own for viral pneumonia, but Vitamin C is a time honored immune and connective tissue nutrient.
AND ANOTHER ARTICLE
One of the roles of Vitamin D in the body is to support immune response. Vitamin D may reduce infection susceptibility and supplementation may help, and at least do no harm in the treatment of respiratory viruses.
Cytokine storm is an end-stage phenomenon where a robust inflammatory response in the lungs leads to acute, and typically fatal respiratory distress. This has been seen in other types of corona viruses and is explanation of how viral pneumonia can be fatal in even young, healthy people.
Anti-malarial drugs may lower tissue acidification and inhibit over activation of cytokine production such as IL6 and TNFa and limit a cytokine storm. Antimalarial agents have many harmful side effects and clearence this drug class is iron dependent. Complications may be more likely in low iron individuals.
Antibodies are released by white blood cells to fight specific infections. Antibodies from the blood of those who have recovered from COVID may provide useful information, as well as therapies.
Reports are coming in that the loss of taste and smell may be early indicators of COVID-19 infection. In the absence of freely available screening tests, perhaps this is another symptom to pay attention to.
Dr Guaneri is a top-tier Cardiologist and Medical Director at Pacific Pearl La Jolla and advises members and friends on what to do to optimize your health and support your immune system. See why Dr Guaneri calls the Corona virus "Fatso".
Dr Orna Izakson is a clinician and former director of the Traditional Roots Institute. She has produced numerous video herbal walks and tutorials.
Here, see Orna demonstrate how to prepare an herbal Steam inhalation, a time-honored therapy for lung infections and symptoms. While not a cure for acute COVID, we feel that the more knowledge and self-empowered tools in the home remedy toolkit, the better.
Thanks Dr Izakson.
The COVID-19 virus appears to be particularly contagious as it is transmitted through contact and droplets, and survives a surprisingly long time on surfaces, and becomes established in the gut as well as the respiratory tissues.
Rosemary Gladstar, sometimes called the grandmother of the modern herbal movement, shares her onion cough syrup recipe in a short video. Onions and Garlic have many antimicrobial effects and an ability to thin and expectorate mucous in the lungs.
Lianhua-Qingwen capsule (LQC), is based on classical traditional Chinese formulae used to treat viral influenza including against severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002-2003 in China .
LQC is composed of Forsythia fruits, Lonicera japonica flowers Ephedra, Armeniaca amarum Isatis roots, Dryopteridis, Houttuyniae, Pogostemonis, Rheum, Rhodiola and Glycyrrhiza along the mineral Gypsum .
Lianhua Qingwen won 2nd Prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award and has been used in more than 1600 hospitals including Wuhan mobile hospital. The formula is reccomended for viral infections and included in public health manuals to implement immediately for influenza A, B, bird flu, Ebola, hemorrhagic fever and more.
Severe respiratory distress and inflammation can leave the lungs scarred for life following full recovery. Herbalists might employ our most powerful antifibrotics including Curucma, Scutellaria baicalensis, Astragalus, Ginkgo, Picrorrhiza and more.
Those with active illness might also consider resveratrol, alpha-lipoic acid, Vitamin C , Glutathione, and NAC in large and frequent doses.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has long linked the lungs with the large intenstine and some hospitals in China employ enemas for patients with ARDS.
ARDS induces increased intraabdominal pressure and induces a vicious cycle where intestinal hyperemia alters hemodynamics in a manner that worsen respiratory pressure and hypoxia.
Rheum, a laxative herb is often included in many traditional formulas for pneumonia and respiratory distress.
Dr Jillian Stansbury served as the chair of the Botanical Medicine Department at NUNM in Portland, OR for several decades and has served as a primary care physican in the small town of Battle Ground, WA for 30 years.
Dr Stansbury also operates the Healing Arts Apothecary which will remain open as an essential business. We are offering curside pickup, mail order, and phone consults.
Dr Jilllian Stansbury has published a series of textbooks to tutor health professionals in creating precisely targeted herbal formulas.
Volume II covers the Respiratory System including cough, pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress - ARDS.
Each chapter include a large volume of clinical and molecular research.