Natural Home Remedies for Covid-19

If we read anything, we are aware of the Coronavirus, or Covid-19, that is making its way around the globe in 2020. This is a flu-like virus that originated in China and which causes respiratory symptoms, among others.

As of May 2020, there is no antiviral medication or vaccine to treat or guard against this contagious virus although some are being tested.  Like the flu, it can be particularly dangerous to those with weak or compromised immune systems.  The majority of those who get this virus do recover from it without lasting damage, but it is more contagious and more deadly than the seasonal flu.

In order to diagnose Covid-19, a doctor would take a sample of mucus or blood for testing.

Primary transmission of this virus is by droplets of fluid as a result of coughing or sneezing.  Therefore, shaking hands with someone who has it, or touching a contaminated surface and then your mouth, or being near someone who is ill and coughing, all can transmit the virus to you or from you to others.

The incubation period for the virus appears to be 2-14 days.  You are at your most contagious when you are symptomatic, especially feverish. So much is unknown but it is believed that you are contagious when you are asymptomatic as well. Some countries are implementing thermal scanning as part of their health security measures, particularly at public transportation terminals.  If you are found to have a fever, you may be subjected to further tests and quarantine.

Some people have become sick with the virus even though they have no known connection to outbreak areas.  It is wise, however, to be particularly cautious when you have traveled to places where presence of the virus is known.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

People are reporting a variety of symptoms that could be indicative of almost any cold or flu, as well as odd symptoms like loss of taste or smell.  Since one is contagious before any symptoms, it is important to follow all the CDC guidelines for helping to flatten the curve of this pandemic. Not all possible symptoms are listed below, as new ones keep appearing.

  • Bluish lips or face
  • Confusion
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea (rare but possible)
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste and/or smell
  • Pneumonia (in acute cases)
  • Pressure in the chest
  • Purple or red lesions on the toes and hands
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting

PREVALENCE

Because this is a new strain of coronavirus, the statistics will change daily as new reports come in.  In other strains of coronaviruses, antibodies do not last long so you can catch it more than once.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Avoid smoke and smoking
  • Flu vaccination
  • Humidifier
  • Over-the-counter pain relief, such as ibuprofen
  • Rest
  • Stay hydrated
  • Follow the guidelines for social distancing and stay home when asked for all but the most pressing needs: doctor visits, groceries, buying medications.
  • Frequent hand washing for 20 seconds at a time with soap and water.  Some say hot water and others say cold water is fine for washing the germs down the drain.
  • At first, we were advised that face masks didn’t help unless you were sick and wanted to protect others.  Experts are re-thinking that narrative.  Some are advising homemade masks (saving the surgical masks for healthcare workers) for everyone. Many patterns and ideas online.

SELF TREATMENT

There is currently no known cure in traditional medicine. Many of the following primarily are suggestions for strengthening your immune system but some of the Alternative Therapies may be helpful treatments.

Some Chinese hospitals are using herbal remedies along with more traditional medicines to treat patients. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3051009/coronavirus-do-herbal-remedies-work-and-could-they-help-stricken

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation.  To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat.  The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT MAY IMPROVE IMMUNITY OR PROMOTE HEALING

  • A variety of herbs and spices
  • Bone broth
  • Soft, bland foods while ill
  • Whole, living foods in a variety of colors

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid empty calories and load up on foods that provide a plethora of vitamins and minerals.
  • Avoid smoking
  • Caffeine
  • Fruit juice (too much sugar at once)
  • Grains
  • Greasy foods
  • Sugar

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Electrolyte fluids
  • Pure water
  • Tea made from the herbs listed below

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Honeysuckle
  • You will find a list of herbs here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32065348 that Chinese doctors are using but getting the right mixture may be difficult and as suggested elsewhere, an art rather than a science.
  • Astragalus
  • Basil
  • Dandelion
  • Echinacea
  • Elderberries
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Lemon balm
  • Licorice
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil  (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress.  Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.  The following are considered anti-viral.  Review the post on Essential Oils for contraindications.

  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Clove bud
  • Clove Nutmeg
  • Eucalyptus
  • Green sandalwood
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon myrtle
  • Manuka
  • Niaouli
  • Red thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Thymol (a chemical in Thyme)

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

HYDRATION

Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body.  Without it, you cannot survive for many days.  Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough?  There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients.  If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh.  If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day.  Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed.  If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body.  Do what you can without making yourself feel worse.  Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

SLEEP

Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies.  If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm.  Anxiety undermines health.  Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate.  Do what works for you to stay mellow.  Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, nose.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough, dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill to protect others.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds.  Use alcohol-based sanitizer when hot water and soap are unavailable.
  • Wear a facemask when you are around others.
  • Quarantine yourself as much as possible if you suffer from the virus.

 

 

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