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Herbs and Homeopathics for Coronavirus symptoms

If you are VERY ill, if you are short of breath, please call first and then seek help at an urgent care center or an ER


Common sense self-care: 

First, hygiene is of utmost importance.

  1.  Don’t touch ANYTHING with your fingers. Not your face, not hands of anyone else, not faucets. Use elbows and knuckles
  2. Wash your with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating.
  3. Clean your phone and light fixtures.
  4. Cough into your ELBOW. 
  5. Greet people without touching.
  6. Avoid people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.

Second, eating and resting well are foremost to staying healthy.

  1. Avoid sugars, alcohol and processed foods.
  2. Sleep well, rest and recover as needed.
  3. Exercise to support your immune system and to support good sleep at night.
  4. Take some time for a deep breath and cultivate a love of calm.
  5. Check out my other post LINK on the supplements you can take to help your immune system resist the coronavirus.

Third, do your whole community a favor, stock up and be ready to quarantine in place for two weeks without having to ask for help, to allow helpers to serve those in greater need.

Homeopathic treatment looks at the whole patient

Selecting the proper homeopathic remedy requires attending to symptoms both reported and those observed, attending to the patient's complex state, physical and emotional or mental.

DOSING. I suggest stocking each of these remedies in a 30 C potency. Dosing is usually one dose (2-5 pellets of a Hahnemann remedy, or follow the packaging instructions for any other manufacturer) taken hourly.  Space out the doses if you get an improvement; switch to a different remedy if no improvement with three doses.

If you only get one remedy, it's probably reasonable to get Oscillococcinum, the “all-purpose” flu remedy.  Think of it for someone who feels run-down with headaches, body aches, chills and fever, but no single symptom very striking. “I don’t know, it’s just a flu.”

Individualized remedies

Aconite napellus is a remedy to be used in the first day of a new respiratory illness, one that starts with a big more of a bang than a whimper OR one that starts after a marked cold exposure. 

The patient might have a high fever, a hot face, and is more likely to have dry and flushed skin.  Mood might be anxious, certainly not disinterested or sleepy.

Arsenicum album will work best when the patient feels chilly and exhausted, along with an anxious restlessness.

The person may be thirsty, but often only takes small sips. A watery, runny nose and fits of sneezing, or perhaps a dry cough,  are often indications for this remedy. The person's head usually feels hot, while the rest of the body is chilly.

Belladonna  can relieve high fever of sudden onset with profuse sweating, perhaps dilated pupils in glassy eyes. Cheeks are flushed and warm. The patients emotions can be anxious, angry, or dull, but usually not weepy.

Bryonia alba can help where there is a high fever with a dry cough. The person experiences (but may not outwardly complain of) body aches improved by staying still. The person tends toward worry, wants to be left alone, and is thirsty.

Eupatorium perfoliatum is specific for a condition with bone pains and body aches as the most marked symptom of their flu.

Ferrum phosphoricum is the remedy for a low-grade fever with weakness and tendency to nosebleeds and earaches, perhaps a dry cough. Nothing dramatic physically or mentally.

Gelsemium is a great remedy for flu-like symptoms with fever, headache, dizziness and general weakness. Patient might also have diarrhea.

Mercurius vivus (or solubilis) is for a patient with fever, sweating, bad breath and drooling: for adults you’ll have to ask about this as a symptom during sleep.

Nux vomica for someone with high fever, violent chills, strong nausea and cramping in the digestive tract. Headache usually occurs, along with oversensitivity to sound, bright light, and odors.

A person who needs Nux vomica is often very irritable, feeling worse from exertion and worse from being cold in any way.

Rhus toxicodendron relieves fever with restlessness: The patient is continuously moving to find a comfortable position and relieve the body aches.



Grateful thanks to the master herbalist Stephen Buhner who has been widely sharing his deep and well-informed wisdom about the use of herbs.

Anti-SARS virus herbs

The coronavirus is an RNA virus, a SARS-type virus.  Herbs that specifically attack the viral mechanisms particular to our current coronavirus, as a SARS virus, not just “flu” in general—include :

Herbs that protect the ACE-2 receptors by which any SARS virus would enter a cell:

  1. Glycyrrhiza spp (licorice)
  2. Scutellaria baicalensis (Chinese skullcap root)
  3. Sambucus spp (elder, i.e., elderberry)
  4. Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnumt)
  5. Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweekd root)
  6. Rheum officionale and
  7. Plants high in procyanidins and lectins (cinnamon, berries, others)

Keeping your own ACE-2 receptors healthy:

  1. Stay young! Either in years since you were born or physiological age (don't smoke, eat wisely, sleep well)
  2. Upregulating herbs: Pueria spp (kudzu), Salvia miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen) and Gingko Biloba.
  3. ACE-inhibitor drugs will also help by increasing the presence of ACE-2 receptors. As will the herbs Crataegus spp (hawthorn) and Pueraria again.

Herbs that help modulate the excessive immune response that can occur, particularly in the lungs, include:

  1. To lower TGF-b1:  Angelica sinensis and Astragalus
  2. To lower HMG-B1: Salvia Miltiorrhiza
  3. To lower IL-1b: Polygonum cuspidatum, Scutellaria baicalensis, Cordyceps spp, Pueraria, and Eupatorium Perfoliatum (boneset)

The SARS virus can suffocate the lungs, lowering oxygen levels. Protection from low oxygen and other specific lung damage:

  1. Rhodiola (oxygen)
  2. Cordyceps and berberine and Bidens Pilosa (help respiratory cilia)
  3. Rhodiola, astragalus, cordyceps reduce autoimmunity
  4. Polygonum cuspidatum helps protect endothelial cells.

Simpler approach with tinctures

You can make a core tincture formulation with the following:     Baikal skullcap (3 parts), japanese knotweed root (2 parts), kudzu (2 parts), licorice (1 part), decocted elder leaf tincture (1 part).

Note: the elder leaf berry will do, but it is about 1/3 as effective as the decocted leaf (which no one sells, you have to make it yourself).

 Dosage: 1 tsp 3x day, up to 6x if active infection.

Immune system, cellular protection, cytokine interruption tincture formulation, supportive for core tincture activity: Cordyceps (3 parts), Dong Quai (2 parts), rhodiola (1 part), astragalus (1 part).

Dosage: same as above.

Cellular protection, cytokine interruption, spleen/lymph support tincture formulation:  Dan Shen (3 parts), red root (2 parts), cinnamon (1 part).

Dosage: same as above.

 With active infection: very strong boneset tea, to 6x day.

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