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Traditional Chinese Medicine Fights COVID-19

Facing the Rapid Spread of COVID-19 in Malaysia and Singapore, the situation is becoming increasingly critical. In just one week, Malaysia has seen a surge in cases, surpassing 20 thousand, with the mortality rate doubling compared to previous statistics. Simultaneously, Singapore is also experiencing a continuous increase in cases. In this crisis, there is an urgent need to gather all available insights for combating the pandemic. This article will delve into the basic overview of COVID-19 and explore the unique perspectives of Traditional Chinese Medicine in its prevention and treatment.


Symptoms and Precautions


Introduction of Symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 are diverse, and understanding them is crucial for timely protective and treatment measures:

  1. Fever: Prolonged high fever is a common symptom, with a body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius.

  2. Cough: Dry cough is a typical symptom of COVID-19, but it can also be accompanied by phlegm.

  3. Shortness of Breath: Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath are common manifestations of severe illness.

  4. Headache: Some patients may experience discomfort and headaches.

  5. Diarrhea: A small number of patients may have symptoms of diarrhea.

  6. Fatigue: Feeling extremely tired and unable to recover energy.

  7. Stuffy or Runny Nose: Discomfort in the nose, possibly with flu-like symptoms.


Precautions

To reduce the risk of infection, it is essential to take the following practical protective measures:

  1. Frequent Handwashing: Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public places.

  2. Wearing Masks: Wear masks in crowded public places, especially in situations where maintaining social distance is challenging.

  3. Maintaining Social Distance: Keep a distance of at least 1 meter and avoid close contact with patients.

  4. Avoiding Crowded Indoor Places: Try to avoid going to crowded indoor places.

  5. Avoiding Touching the Face: Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with hands to reduce the possibility of virus transmission.


These protective measures not only contribute to personal protection but also provide a collective defense against the virus for the community. By staying vigilant at all times, we can better protect ourselves and others, reducing the risk of infection.


 

Preventive Measures


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspectives on Health Maintenance:

  1. Dietary Regulation: Advocate for a light diet, increase intake of vegetables and fruits, and avoid overeating. Chinese herbs such as Astragalus (Huangqi) and Goji Berry (Gouqi) are believed to help enhance the immune system.

  2. Sleep Regulation: Ensure an adequate amount of sleep; the optimal time for body repair is from 10 pm to 2 am. Good sleep contributes to improved resistance.

  3. Emotional Regulation: TCM believes emotions are closely related to health. Maintaining a happy mood and staying away from anxiety contribute to maintaining the body's balance.


Acupressure:

TCM acupressure helps promote the flow of qi and blood in the body, enhancing immunity:

  1. Qihai Point (Sea of Qi): Located two fingers below the navel, massaging this point helps regulate the spleen and stomach, aiding in immune enhancement.

  2. Taichong Point (Great Rushing): Located between the big toe and the second toe, massaging this point alleviates fatigue and promotes blood circulation.

  3. Baihui Point (Hundred Meetings): Located at the top center of the head, massaging this point eases stress and promotes balance in the nervous system.

By performing simple acupressure at home, individuals can autonomously engage in TCM health preservation, enhancing the body's self-regulation and defense capabilities. These methods not only help prevent COVID-19 but also contribute to overall improvement in physical health.


Yong Kang TCM Treatment:

Yong Kang Chinese herbal medicine has a long history in antiviral practices. For COVID-19, consider the following herbal treatments:

  1. Heat-Clearing and Detoxifying Herbs: Such as Forsythia (Lianqiao) and Honeysuckle (Jinyinhua), which help clear heat, detoxify, and inhibit virus replication.

  2. Qi-Boosting and Spleen-Strengthening Herbs: Such as Astragalus (Huangqi) and Codonopsis (Dangshen), which help enhance immunity and strengthen the constitution.

  3. Phlegm-Dissipating and Dampness-Expelling Herbs: Such as Pinellia (Banxia) and Atractylodes (Cangzhu), which help improve respiratory symptoms.

It's crucial to emphasize that TCM herbal treatment requires personalized formulations based on individual differences and should be used under the guidance of a professional TCM practitioner. Additionally, herbal courses and dosages should be adjusted based on the condition and individual characteristics.


Yong Kang Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy:

Acupuncture and moxibustion are unique TCM treatments that assist in restoring balance to the body:

  1. Yong Kang Acupuncture: Stimulating specific acupuncture points to adjust the flow of qi and blood, promoting the body's self-repair. For example, selecting points like Fengchi (Wind Pool) and Dazhui (Great Vertebra) can help enhance immunity.

  2. Yong Kang Moxibustion: Using the heat generated by burning mugwort and the properties of herbal medicine to stimulate specific acupuncture points, adjusting the body's qi and blood. For example, selecting points like Guanyuan (Gate of Origin) and Zusanli (Stomach 36) can help strengthen the constitution.


Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy should be performed by professional TCM practitioners, so it's advisable to consult a professional before use.

Through the comprehensive application of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and moxibustion, TCM can play a positive role in the treatment of COVID-19, promoting patient recovery and maintaining bodily balance.


 

In the current global context, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is actively engaging in international collaborations against the pandemic, contributing to the global efforts to tackle the challenges posed by the pandemic. TCM experts, by sharing experiences and providing recommendations, have facilitated the sharing of global anti-pandemic resources. In several countries, TCM prescriptions have been widely applied, leveraging the unique properties of Chinese herbal medicine to alleviate symptoms and enhance immunity. Simultaneously, utilizing internet technologies, TCM practitioners are offering remote TCM services to international patients, disseminating knowledge on health preservation, and strengthening public resilience.


In the face of the pandemic, countries worldwide need to collaborate and respond collectively. As one of the world's oldest and most profound medical systems, TCM is providing valuable support to the global fight against the pandemic with its unique theories and practical experiences. It is hoped that, in the context of the pandemic in Singapore, everyone can stay calm, take proactive measures, and work together to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic.


Finally, if you or someone around you experiences symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, we provide the following branch addresses:

  1. Yong Kang TCM @ Jubilee Square


You can also contact our customer service team at any time to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine's prevention and treatment of COVID-19. We are dedicated to providing you with support and assistance in addressing this global health challenge. Wishing you and your family good health and safety.


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