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May
08

Name of Formula: Influenza Preventing Herbal Tea (provided by the Health Department of City of Shen Zhen, Guangdong, China)
Medical function of formula: strengthen the body to rid of infection.

Composition of formula:

huang qin 5g, huang qi10g, huo xiang 10g, fang feng 5g,
ge gen 20g, sheng gan cao 5g.
Simmer with water for 45 minutes. Use as tea. One package per day. Use for 3 days.
The tea is being brewed and provided free by the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of City of Shen Zhen, Guangdong, China for the public.
(These are common herb available in Chinese herb stores. Scroll down for Chinese writing).
This tea formula is based on the two H1N1 influenza (swine flu) prevention formulae prescribed by the Health Department of Shen Zhen City, Guangdong province of China. These formulae are for improvement the body to resist flu infection.
The 2 formulae:
Formula 1
Suitable for: those with strong body type or artificially hyper due to smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol.
Composition:
ge gen15g, huang qin10g, huo xiang10g, raw yi yi ren10g, raw gan cao 5 g.
Simmer with water for 45 minutes and use as tea.

Formula 2
Suitable for:weak body type or those with instant sweating and easy to get influenza.
Composition:
huang qi 20g, fang feng10g, bai zhu10g, jin yin huang10g, raw gan cao 5 g.
Simmer with water for 45 minutes and use as tea.

藥方名:防感湯1號方

功效:清熱化濕,透表達邪。
適應:體質壯實或平素煙酒過度者。

組成:
葛根15克,黃 芩10克,藿 香10克,生薏 苡仁10克 ,生甘 草5克。

藥方名:防感湯2號 方

功效:寓清於補,防止苦寒傷中,並借宣發之品,振奮衛陽,抵御外邪 。
適應:體質虛弱或自汗易感冒者。

組成:

黃耆20克 ,防 風10克,白 朮10克,金 銀花10克,生甘 草5克。

藥方名:防感湯 (出處:深圳市衛生局,深 圳市中醫院)

功效: 此方扶正祛邪,解表祛濕。

組成::

黃芩 5克,黃 耆10克,藿 香10克,防 風5克,葛 根20克,甘 草5克。
水煎服,每日1劑,連服3日。

小兒酌減,孕婦,脾胃虛寒者遵醫囑。

消息来源:2009年05月01日 00:01 中國日報

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May
05

(NaturalNews) If you read the stories on H1N1 influenza written by the mainstream media, you might incorrectly think there’s only one anti-viral drug in the world. It’s name is Tamiflu and it’s in short supply.

That’s astonishing to hear because the world is full of anti-viral medicine found in tens of thousands of different plants. Culinary herbs like thyme, sage and rosemary are anti-viral. Berries and sprouts are anti-viral. Garlic, ginger and onions are anti-viral. You can’t walk through a grocery store without walking past a hundred or more anti-viral medicines made by Mother Nature.

And yet how many does the mainstream media mention? Zero.

The totality of influenza preparedness is defined by the mainstream media as the number of doses of Tamiflu a nation has stockpiled. You see it in stories like this one at the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124…

Tamiflu comes from an herb
To live in a world that’s saturated with natural anti-viral medicine and then not even acknowledge it in the media is beyond bizarre. It’s Twilight Zone-like. It’s like we’ve been teleported to an alternate universe where anti-viral plants have disappeared… or at least everyone is pretending they have.

Where do you think Tamiflu comes from, by the way?

It’s extracted from the Traditional Chinese Medicine herb called Star Anise. It’s one of hundreds of different anti-viral herbs found in Chinese Medicine, not to even mention anti-viral herbs from South America, North America, Australia, Africa and other regions.

I find it downright comedic that Big Pharma and the world’s health authorities extract their “champion” anti-viral drug Tamiflu from a Chinese Medicine herb, and then they go out of their way to announce to people that herbs and natural remedies are useless against influenza. If that’s the case then why are they using herbs to make their own medicine?

How many stories have you read that bother to tell you Tamiflu is made from the star anise herb that’s been used for over 5,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine? Virtually none. The powers that be don’t want anybody to know they could actually grow their own medicine in a garden or a windowsill. If you can grow cilantro, you can grow medicine. If everybody figured that out, Big Pharma wouldn’t be reaping the enormous profits it’s making right now from Tamiflu sales, and the governments of the world wouldn’t be able to scare and control people by promising to distribute Tamiflu (but only if you behave).

The Tamiflu scam is global
H1N1 influenza is not a hoax. But the way it’s being reported by health authorities and the mainstream media certainly is. The scam in all this is what they leave out of the stories — the fact that human beings live among a huge natural medicine chest of anti-viral drugs found in every city park, every forest, every swamp and every open field.

You cannot walk across any patch of natural land in America and NOT find anti-viral medicine. It’s everywhere! It’s in the weeds growing in the cracks in the sidewalks; it’s in weeds on the side of the stream; and it’s growing in the small patch of dirt left remaining in the median between highway lanes.

In the deserts of the American Southwest, you can’t even drive to work without passing mile after mile of abundant anti-viral medicine grown by Mother Nature and just waiting for humans to wake up and be smart enough to recognize it.

I have a sobering prediction about H1N1 influenza (formerly “swine flu”): If it does become a global pandemic, many of those people who refuse to recognize the anti-viral medicine provided by Mother Nature will die. Their misplaced faith in Big Pharma will literally cost them their lives. In contrast, those who have the wisdom to get their medicine from Mother Nature will not only survive the pandemic, they’ll thrive even as others around them are dying. It is those who embrace Mother Nature’s powerful, synergistic and living medicines who will weather any pandemic storm, and they will emerge as the DNA holders of the future of human civilization.
source: http://www.naturalnews.com/026185.html

May
04

(Source: NaturalNews)
There are many natural remedies that will raise your immunity to the Swine Flu and other viral and bacterial diseases. Many people do not have immunity to the current strain of Swine Flu. This is not unusual because most viruses alter as the virus season goes along. Most people will not become sick because the issue is not the virus but SUSEPTABILITY.
Viruses will not multiply in a healthy body. We constantly have Streptococcus in our throats, yet we rarely experience Strep Throat. The same is true of this Swine Flu and other viral strains. Exposure will lead to disease only if the immune system is suppressed and if the vitality of the person is weakened. Do NOT suppress mucus. It is important to let the body discharge toxins.

Most viruses become less aggressive over time because they want to spread and not to kill their hosts. If they kill their hosts, they die as well. The viruses that do survive –the ones in humans with strong immune systems– become less virulent so that their hosts, us humans, go to work, shake hands and sneeze on others to continue to spread the virus.

Using herbs, homeopathy, and vitamins will increase your health and reduce your susceptibility.

DIGESTION
Some say that the flu “begins in the gut and ends in the gut”. This means that if you have good digestion, you will increase your resistance to this and other flu strains. Take a probiotic daily. Live probiotics are available in natural food stores, and probiotics are now more widely available in grocery stores, in yogurt culture and even in chocolate.

HOMEOPATHY
The homeopathic remedy Anas Barbariae is made from the liver of migrating geese. Because they travel the world, they build immunity to many viruses years before humans do. Be sure to get the 2009 version by checking the expiration date. It has been found that the remedy Ferrum phos is effective in treating the early stages of the flu, when used in the first 24 hours. Also the remedy Influenzinum can be taken as a prophylaxis. This remedy is made from the same disease strain as the CDC uses to make each season’s flu vaccine.

LIFESTYLE ADVICE
1. Get Plenty of Sleep
To improve your resistance to any disease, the most important thing you can do is get enough rest. Your body knows how to heal, and it does this best when sleeping. Get adequate rest on a daily basis, and if you begin to feel fatigue during a time of increased stress to your immune system, take naps, get into bed earlier, relax and let your body do what it does best: restore and rebuild.

2. Hydrate
Our bodies are 80% water. Drink plenty of water each day to stay hydrated and to allow the body to flush toxins from the blood and the liver. Drink pure water, not soda or juice, for best results.

3. Exercise
Exercise increases your resistance to disease. It stimulates the cleansing blood flow and increases your natural stress reducing hormones. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Science has shown that walking daily is good for your health and well being.

4. Spend time outdoors
The healing benefits of nature are yours and all you need to do is step outside. The fresh air cleanses your lungs and the vitamin D from sunshine is great for general health. Even on a rainy day or at night, the fresh air is beneficial.

5. Exercise
Exposure to nature and the great outdoors helps healthy emotions.

HERBS TO BUILD PROTECTION AND NATURAL IMMUNITY

1.Echinaea–Echinacea is best taken in advance of getting sick.
2.Olive Leaf
3.Elderberries
4 Adaptogens
Adaptogens are plants that have the ability to resist chemical and biological stressors and to pass that ability on to humans. Eleutherococcus research has shown a 30% to 50% decrease in influenza in Russian workers. Shisandra has long been used in Chinese medicine to improve immune function through its healing action on the liver. In recent research, Shisandra proved curative to the viral hepatitis. Codonopsis is another adaptogen used in Chinese herbal medicine. It increases the red and white blood cell counts and strengthens the immune system.

VITAMINS
1. Vitamin A is one of the main components of the skin. To strengthen the skin’s protective ability, take vitamin A daily. Vitamin A also increases the white blood cells that fight disease.
2. Vitamin C –Research has shown that vitamin C improves resistance to disease and prevents flu symptoms when 1,000 mg doses are taken every six hours.
3. NAC is an amino acid that has been shown to raise immunity to the flu in clinical trials.
4.Probiotics. Healthy flora in the gut supports immune function.

By improving your lifestyle, your diet, and supplementing with natural herbs, homeopathy, and vitamins, you can improve your immune system and your overall vitality.

May
04

Acubalance recommended some natural preventions against the swine flu. See below…

“…A few years ago when the SARS pandemic virus infection broke out across the world, hospitals in China developed some preventative herbal formulas for their hospital staff. According to the University of Hong Kong, School of Chinese Medicine, none of the staff at their clinics who had been taking these herbal teas for more than a month became infected. Many of the herbs in the formulas have broad anti-viral properties and, as well, immune enhancing abilities to protect the individual. (see updated post on hebs and prevention)

Below we have suggested some Chinese herbs that can be used in a formula as preventative measures for any form of flu.

Flu Prevention formula for general use: If you are already seeing a practitioner of Chinese Medicine they may
modify the formula, or give you a different one, according to
your individual constitution (the true strength of Chinese Medicine!).

Huang Qi (Astragalus) 10-15g
Isatis root (banlangen) 12 g
Lonicera (jinyinhua) 15 g
Forsythia (lianqiao) 15 g
Coix (yiyiren) 15 g
Pseudostellaria (taizishen) 15 g
Atractylodes (baizhu) 15 g
Licorice (gancao) 9 g

For those with a weaker constitution and/ or digestion complaints add the following two ingredients:
Pogostemon, Hou Xiong 15 g
Eupatorium, Pei Lan 9

For a preventative dietary method try:

Dice one 6 inch piece of white radish (Daikon) diced in small bits.
Chop up a small bunch of scallions (including roots).
Add to a pot with 4-5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 20 minutes to make a soup and drink a half cup of it. (You can eat the radish and scallions as well!)
This preparation is enough for 5 people for a day. You can also store it in the fridge and warm when needed.”
source: http://www.acubalance.ca/immune-boosting-and-antiviral-chinese-herbs-flu-prevention

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May
04

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) categorizes the internal organs into various different categories. The five solid or Zang organs are considered the most important from a functional standpoint. The Zang organs are: Heart; Kidneys; Lungs; Liver; and Spleen. Then there are six hollow or Fu organs and they are closely connected to the aforementioned Zang organs.

Each Zang organ is paired with a Fu organ, the function of one directly affecting the other: Gall bladder; Large intestine; Small intestine; Stomach; and Urinary bladder. There is the sixth Fu which is the Sanjiao (triple energiser) which is a nomenclature for three chambers within the body.

The sanjiao is not specifically an organ in itself, but rather a functional unit consisting of three segments. The upper jiao of the chest contains the heart and lung. The middle jiao of the upper abdomen holds the spleen and stomach. The lower jiao of the lower abdomen has the kidney and bladder. The sanjiao acts as a distributor and circulator of Qi (pronounced Chee) energy and blood as well as regulating the amount of bodily fluids, directing the excess to the bladder to be excreted. The pericardium (the covering of the heart) is also recognized in this system.

In the TCM model, the internal organs play a vital role in the production, maintenance, replenishment, transformation and transport of the Vital Substances: Qi; Blood; Essence; and Body fluids (sweat, saliva, urine, stomach and intestinal secretions, and all of the other fluids in the body).

The Vital Substances are only forms of Qi in differing stages of energy being transmutated into matter. Qi can be termed as energy which forms the basis of the universe. Everything that exists is composed of Qi or energy. TCM holds that neither Qi nor energy can be destroyed, only transformed, in a theory established millennia before the Second Law of Thermodynamics was postulated.

TCM maintains that the flow of Qi energy determines the health of an individual. If there is abundant, smoothly flowing Qi they are in good health. If they are ill, it is because of a blockage or interruption in the Qi flow.

Some of the compounds which have been used for centuries in TCM to fight the effects of colds and flu, (and again without personal recommendation) include:

Gan Mao Ling: This is definitely one of the most widely utilized Chinese patents to treat flu related fatigue, headaches, sore throats, swollen lymph glands, high fever, chills, and back and neck aches.
Yin Chiao: In a very similar fashion to Gan Mao Ling, Yin Chiao is generally prescribed for the same set of flu symptoms.
Zhong Gan Ling: This medicine is indicated for more severe conditions such as sudden, high fevers with sore throats and coughing, swollen lymph nodes, aching limbs and headaches.
Zhong Gan Ling is usually prescribed if Yin Chiao or Gan Mao Ling have been ineffective.
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan: Primarily prescribed for stomach flus with digestive difficulties of diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, flatulence, nausea and for chills, fever and headaches.
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan: This medicine is intended for headaches resulting from a cold accompanied by chills especially at back of neck or top of the skull, nasal congestion, sinusitis and rhinitis.
Yu Ping Feng San: This medicine is prescribed primarily for insufficient immune system in the presence of frequent colds and flu, sore throat, swollen face, sinus congestion and inflammation, and sinus pain headaches.

May
04

Already, panic is breaking out in various parts of the world after recent reports of swine flu in Mexico. People in Hong Kong and Taiwan are already preparing for the arrival of this virus, and here in Mainland China, media coverage is gaining ground.

It is already recognized that, especially in the treatment of viral illnesses, the use of Chinese Medicine has certain advantages. If you look at the tomes of books covering the pharmacological properties of herbs, you’ll realize that many of them have anti-viral action. Without going into the specifics, we can make a broad assertion that:

Most times, because concentration is not high, the action of many of the active ingredients are weaker than if extracted or mass-manufacture for one particular phamocologic action e.g. in the case of neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir (tamiflu) or zanamivir.
There are many ingredient in one herb, and many more newly created constituents with pharmacologic action that are formed after decocting or after the initial decoction is metabolized in the body. That is much we don’t know.
But we do know that certain group of herbs especially have anti-viral properties. Many of these herbs appear in some formulas used to tackle this group of disease called warm diseases (温病). While it is considered improper by the TCM community to label this whole set of diseases as “infectious diseases,” most of the diseases discussed here fall under the “infectious” category.

For those interested, just within the damp-heat category of formulas, we use the relative dominace of damp and heat to decide on the use of a group of herbs, mainly aromatics (化湿药) and diuretics (利湿药). For those interested, check out formulas like san ren tang (三仁汤), ganlu xiaodu dan (甘露消毒丹) and even qingwen baidu yin (清瘟败毒饮). These formulas are useful to look into and even use, of course with the caveat – pattern differentiation, pattern differentiation, pattern differentiation.

Even a simple formula like huoxiang zhengqi san (藿香正气散) is very useful, not just in treating stomach flu and the pathologic manifestation of a rotavirus, but also as a prophylactic when your body needs an immune boost. I use it and it works.

Note: In the herbal textbooks, many of the herbs are classified in categories – our initial acquaintance with them as neophytes. But we often see these herbs used very differently. Take for example danggui (当归): did you know that it was used to treat cough? Or the very famous women’s decoction siwu tang (四物汤): did you know it was used to treat external trauma?

The interesting thing about herbs is that they are natural and are not isolated constituents. Viruses may have a harder time building up resistance against a broad attack of “natural” ingredient than a compound more defined as ribavirin or zanamivir. That’s the strength of Chinese herbs against viruses.

May
04

Monday May 4, 2009 (foodconsumer.org) –A new controversy is arising as a result of the swine flu outbreak as China is quarantining groups of Mexican travelers, numerous news sources report. The travelers, only one of whom has been reported as sick, have complained about unfair treatment and sub par living conditions. China maintains that their actions are justified.

Many of the quarantined travelers shared an AeroMexico flight with the infected individual, who was twenty-five. The Mexican travelers are being held in various hotels throughout China, though the largest concentration is in Hong Kong’s Metropark hotel. The quarantined travelers, among other complaints, cite poor medical treatment as one of many grievances.
The Chinese maintain that the Mexicans are not receiving any unfair treatment, citing their own quarantined travelers as justification. Yet, the travelers noted that they were met at the gate by Chinese camera crews. “We felt like we were in a zoo,” one traveler, a 27 year old business student, told the Wall Street Journal.

A World Health Organization spokesman, Peter Cordingley, said that the WHO has no official policy on the type of treatment the Mexican travelers are receiving. Though, in a statement, he said that “in general [the WHO] supports any legal measures that reduce the risk of community transmission.”

Mexican Ambassador Jorge Guajardo stated that “[Mexico is] objecting to the fact that they are holding Mexicans in isolation for fear that they might have the flu virus, even though they have no signs of having the flu virus.” Guajardo was blocked by the Chinese government when trying to visit 10 travelers who were being quarantined in Bejing’s Guo Men hotel.

The foreign minister of Mexico, Patricia Espinosa, criticized China, Peru, Argentina, Cuba and Ecuador for cutting flights to Mexico. She instructed Mexican citizens to avoid traveling to China. The Mexican travelers are being discriminated against by the Chinese government, Espinosa believes.

Mao Qunan, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Health, said that the Chinese government was merely protecting against a potential spread of the virus to Hong Kong. He stated that “the confirmation of this case clearly raised the risks of A-H1N1 flu entering our country.”

Mexico has 506 confirmed cases of swine flu, with 19 fatalities. Still, Reuters reports that Mexico believes the disease to be stabilizing. Michael Ryan, WHO director of Global Alert and Response,, said on May 2, 2009 that “[he] would still propose that a pandemic is imminent because we are seeing the disease spread.”