Anti-viral and Immune System Strengthening Formulas
Acute Stage Anti-Viral Formulas
Viricide: a combination of herbs traditionally used in China to “Clear Heat and Eliminate Toxins”, both internally and externally. In Western terms, this means that many of the herbs have broad spectrum anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects which can reduce both the severity and duration of infection. Bupleurum, Dandelion, Belcamanda, Scutellaria, Isatis, Forsythia and Lonicera have shown marked inhibitory effects on influenza, hepatitis and other viruses. Most of the same herbs have also shown effectiveness against a wide range of toxic sores and lesions, including the herpes virus. Isatis Root and Leaf and Andrographis have shown immuno-stimulating effects.
Resistance Acute: a modification of the popular Chinese classic formula, Yin Qiao San, which is traditionally used to treat the first signs of an oncoming cold or flu. By the time we see most patients or people in the clinic to address a flu, their symptoms have progressed beyond the initial stages. As does Yin Qiao Jie Du San, a modification of the base formula, Resistance Acute adds herbs to treat more severe symptoms such as high fever or a severe sore and swollen throat. Platycodon is added to help clear any initial cough and phlegm production. Magnolia Flower is included to treat nasal congestion. Further boosting the potency of Resistance Acute is the addition of a standardized extract of Echinacea Purpura. Hundreds of studies have documented the clinical applications of Echinacea. The most consistently proven effect is in stimulating phagocytosis, that is encouraging white blood cells and lymphocytes to attack invading organisms. It also promotes T-cell activity, reduces inflammation and has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal actions. The strong anti-viral and antibacterial effects of Resistance Acute can reduce the severity and duration of infections, including colds and the flu.
Clear Lung: a modification of the Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan, an important classic formula, traditionally used in China to clear heat from the lung and dissolve phlegm, which results in a cough with thick, yellow phlegm that is difficult to spit out. In severe cases, patients with this pattern presentation may also experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The addition of Fritillaria, Platycodon, Mulberry Root Bark and Hog Fennel Root strongly enhances the original formulas antitussive and phlegm heat clearing properties. Clear Lung should be combined with Resistance Acute for persistent viral or bacterial respiratory tract infection. Resistance should be considered for use after the acute stage illness has passed, to rebuild the Lung and Immune systems, thus preventing recurrence.
Yin Qiao San: a traditional Chinese formula treats early stage Wind-heat attack which enters through the nose and attacks the Lungs. It is a popular formula due to ability to treat disorders of the Respiratory System without injuring the digestive function. Yin Qiao San has an antiviral effect which can reduce both the severity and duration of viral infections. It also has an antibacterial effect which inhibits the reproduction of harmful bacteria.
Blue Dragon’s modification of Yin Qiao San, Resistance Acute, addresses pathogens that have begun to progress beneath the skin layer with more severe symptoms such as high fever and severe sore and swollen throat.
Ding Chuan Tang: coughing and wheezing with copious, thick and yellow sputum, labored breathing, acute and chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, tracheitis, bronchopneumonia
Magnolia Sinus (Xin Yi San modified): nasal congestion, persistent and copious nasal discharge; chronic and acute rhinitis and sinusitis
Qing Fei Pai Du Tang (modified): The National Commission of the People’s Republic of China together with the (NATCM), National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, recommended Qing Fei Pai Du Tang for the treatment of Covid-19 at the height of the pandemic outbreak in Wuhan Province in China. Nearly all confirmed patients in the coronavirus pandemic took the formula. It consists of a combination of four formulas that have been used for thousands of years, and whose use has been supported both by classical texts, and by the clinical experience of later physicians. In TCM, this formula is considered suitable for patients with new, mild, common or severe pneumonia. It’s versatility allows it to be used in the treatment of critically ill patients in combination with Western Medicine, as well as for patients with common cold and flus.This formula is born from the vast experience that Chinese Medicine has had with explosive epidemics ever since they were written about in the Shang Han Lun (219 A.D.), which is among the oldest complete clinical textbooks in the world. TCM has been fighting epidemics and pandemics and recording them for thousands of years.
Making your own Antiviral Hand Sanitizer Simply and Inexpensively: Blend 2/3 of a cup of 91% alcohol and 1/3 cup of pure aloe to prevent drying the skin too much. Together, the combination is over the 60% alcohol level necessary to kill CV, without a lot of other unnecessary ingredients.
IMMUNE SYSTEM STRENGTHENING FORMULAS
“An ounce of prevention.” Most of those seriously affected are the elderly or those with compromised immune function.
Resistance is a modification of Yu Ping Feng San, which has been traditionally used in China to strengthen the “Wei Qi” or roughly what we call the immune system. A weak or compromised immune system can lead to chronic colds or flu, and slow recovery from bacterial or viral infections. This formula is also commonly used to strengthen cancer patients with impaired immune systems due to chemotherapy or radiation treatment, as well as HIV/ AIDS patients with compromised immune function, and those with chronic fatigue syndrome. Ancient Chinese herbal texts say that “continuous consumption of Reishi makes your body light and young, lengthens your life, and turns you into an immortal who never dies.” Modern research has shown the herb to strengthen the immune system and even regenerate the tissues of the liver. Schisandra has a regulating effect on the cardiovascular system, is hepatoprotective, and stimulates nonspecific immunity. Research has indicated Shiitake Mushroom stimulates the immune system, possesses antibacterial properties, reduces platelet aggregation, and possesses antiviral properties. Researchers have also indicated that in addition to boosting the innate and adaptive immune system, whole Maitake has the ability to regulate blood pressure, glucose, insulin, and both serum and liver lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides.
Yu Ping Feng San, also known as Jade Windscreen Powder, is the TCM classic formula for treatment of deficiency of the exterior with unstable Wei or Protective Qi causing susceptibility to invasion of exterior pathogens and spontaneous sweating. This formula is commonly taken to prevent colds, especially in those who suffer from recurrent colds. Although it is effective in treating this problem, it must be taken for at least a month and as long as five months to really be effective.For stronger and faster effect in stabilizing the Wei and Lung Qi, use Blue Dragon’s enhanced modification of Yu Ping Feng San, Resistance. Resistance, with the addition of extracts of Ling Zhi or Reishi Mushroom, Cordyceps and Schizandra, is appropriate for more severely compromised immune function, including for cancer patients with impaired immune system due to chemotherapy or radiation treatment, HIV/ AIDS patients, and those suffering from highly contagious forms of influenza.
Enerchi is a modification of Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, traditionally used to strengthen the immune system and boost energy, combating fatigue and weakness due to overwork, lack of sleep, mental and emotional stress or poor diet. Enerchi naturally enhances physical and mental stamina for those with demanding lifestyles. It increases basal metabolism, raising the bodies “Qi” or energy production and utilization.According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang strengthens the bodies adaptogenic function to help one better adapt to stressors, whether physical, emotional, mental, environmental or biological. Again, according to TCM, deficiencies in these functions can result in symptoms such as fatigue, low energy, poor digestion and appetite, shortness of breath, chronic fatigue syndrome,gastric, rectal or uterine prolapse, anemia, or compromised immune function. Enerchi does not focus on relieving these possible symptoms or “diseases”, or claim to do so, but rather on strengthening the bodies underlying energy and immune function.
Chi Cool: Chi Cool is designed for Lung and Spleen Qi Xu patients who are constitutionally warm, as most traditional Qi Tonic formulas, such as Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang and BDH Enerchi are warm or very warm in nature. Xi Yang Shen and Dang Shen, the formulas king herbs, address this Lung and Spleen Qi Deficiency, along with Ci Wu Jia, Huang Qi and Shan Yao. Chi Cool also nourishes Lung and Kidney Yin with Lo Han Guo, Wu Wei Zi, Bai He and Mai Men Dong. Jie Geng is added to open up and disseminate the Lung Qi. It is useful for a chronic dry cough, wheezing or shortness of breath from Lung Deficiency with a warm constitution.
AdaptogenX: Adaptogens are herbs that improve your body’s ability to adapt to stress, whether the stressors be physical, mental or emotional. To put it simply: adaptogens help you adapt. They work at a molecular level by regulating a stable balance in the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands. Numerous studies also show that they improve blood sugar levels, optimize protein synthesis, reduce inflammatory cortisol levels and improve cholesterol ratios. To qualify as an adaptogen, an herb must be completely safe and non-toxic and have broad uses for health. This elite class of herbs impart strength, energy, stamina, endurance, and improve mental clarity. In many parts of the non-Western world adaptogens are used extensively in high-risk, fast-reflex occupations, from athletes to miners to deep sea divers. Siberian Ginseng is classified as an adaptogen, enhancing immunity and vitality overall. It can be used in combination with other adaptogenic herbs to support cognitive parameters such as performance, speed, accuracy, and attentiveness to a task, as well as support the stress response, by both subjective and objective measures. According to the American Psychological Association, 77% of people in the U.S. regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.
Ginseng provides non-specific protection against various mental, physical and environmental forms of stress. Studies have demonstrated the potential of ginseng to prevent and reverse a number of inflammatory conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.
Rhodiola is an adaptogen that has been proven to reduce the secretion of cortisol during stressful situations. Too much cortisol (your primary stress hormone) can deplete your nutrient reserves, impair memory, and have devastating effects on your blood pressure, blood sugar, and metabolism.
Schisandra is a potent general tonic, decreasing fatigue, enhancing physical performance, and promoting endurance. The berry counters stress by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the blood.
Turmeric is probably one of the most studied herbs today, in large part due to its amazing anti-inflammatory functions. It supports the body’s innate antioxidant function by decreasing inflammation and boosting immunity, as well as helping the body to maintain healthy levels of stress hormone production. It helps the body maintain healthy levels of body weight, blood glucose, cholesterol, corticosterone, memory, and reduced glutathione during the acute and chronic experience of stressors Reishi Mushroom has been rated the most prized herb in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years, with Ginseng in second place, and is so highly treasured that it was traded for its own weight in gold and was available only to emperors. It is still the most important herb in Asia and the most thoroughly researched. Many hundreds of studies support traditional health claims. Reishi contains over 200 active ingredients and unique compounds that are the most biologically active obtainable from any plant source. The adaptogenic, antiallergenic, antihypertensive and immune system boosting effects are due to the presence of triterpenes, including ganodermic acid. Reishi has also been shown to substantially reduce or eliminate the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy if it is taken before, during, and after the treatments.
Shiitake has been cultivated for more than 1,000 years. Over centuries, it was found that the mushroom could be used not only as food but also as a remedy for upper-respiratory diseases, poor blood circulation, liver problems, exhaustion and weakness, and is a booster for life energy. It was also believed to prevent premature aging.
Ashwagandha is often referred to as Indian Ginseng. Its effects on cortisol, stress tolerance and internal stress responses have been studied for decades. It is both a rejuvenating and a sedative herb, it can both relax and increase energy at the same time. It is a great herb for combating stress as well as impotence. Lycii Berry, He Shou Wu, Codonopsis and Rehmannia are additional highly prized Chinese adaptogens.