It is known that the corona virus enters human cells through the ACE-2 receptors located on the surface of our cells. These receptors are found in numerous places including our lungs, intestines, and kidneys. When the virus enters our lung cells it can eventually lead to pneumonia and death, as fluid and mucus fills the lungs.
As the ACE-2 receptors are found in other places in the body, organ damage has also being seen in the liver, heart, and kidneys. This can lead to systemic organ failure.
In China the doctors, nurses, and frontline medical personal have been taking a herbal formula called Yu Ping Feng San to boost their immune systems and ward off the deadly disease.
This recipe consists of Astragalus (Huang Qi), Atracytlodes (Bai Zhu), and Siler (Fang Feng). Astragalus is one of the top immune builders in Chinese medicine, and scores of scientific research has been done on this herb that shows it can benefit the immune system, decrease inflammation, has anti-oxidant activities, and even anti-tumor properties. () Some of the beneficial chemical compounds in Astragalus include isoflavonoids, saponins and polysaccharides.
When this herb is used in China for corona virus, it is used for prevention before a person is infected with the virus. While this herb is used with Atracylodes and Fang Feng in the classic recipe Yu Ping Feng San, it may also be combined with other herbs including Reishi mushrooms and Cordyceps.
In Chinese medicine the first stage of fighting off corona virus, is to boost the immune system with the herbs mentioned above. In the initial phase of infection which is characterized by fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath, different herbal formulas are to be used. The herbs used for the primary stage of infection may vary depending on a persons unique symptom. In the next article we will explore the second stage of corona virus. Second Stage of Corona Virus Infection.