Dr Gant, Director of College of Integrative Medicine recommends:
For prevention of viral and other infections, which should continue for about three months or until the “coast is clear” from the coronavirus. This protocol is often recommended for patients with chronic infections due to other pathogens (EBV, Lyme etc.) and who are likely to be more vulnerable to the coronavirus
Fat Soluble Vitamins (A, D, E and K) Listed in order of importance
Vitamin A - 25,000 IU a day (equivalent to about 5 oz. of liver a day).
Vitamin D – 5,000 IU a day.
Vitamin E (If over 60 years of age) – 400 IU a day
Vitamin K (If over 60 years of age) – 1000 to 2,500 mcg a day
Zinc (about 20 to 30 mg. of zinc in most brands) - 1 capsule/tablet twice a day.
Copper Chelate a day - 2 mg. Dr. Gant recommends one capsule/tablet to prevent depletion of copper which may occur with increased zinc supplementation.
Selenomethionine 200 mcg. – 1 a day
Water Soluble Vitamins
a. Vitamin C - 1000 mg. three times a day (minimum dosing). It’s OK to take higher doses three times a day, increasing up to bowel tolerance (vitamin C can cause loose stools, suggesting you have saturated your body with vitamin C).
b. B Complex – DRI (Daily Recommended Intake) 1 a day
Please contact me for dosage for those who are actually sick with a virus.
Herbs to help support immune function
Several Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs are documented to fight viruses. A combination of 3 of these, Androgrphis, dandelion, and indigo/isatidis, comprise a Chinese medicine known as Chuan Xin Lian.
Other formulas with Andrographis may be helpful.
Another herb which helps your body's lungs stay strong is Astagalus
Planetary Herbals is available in Natural Foods stores.
Astagalus Jade Screen is a Chinese herbal formula to prevent catching viruses.
Reishi Mushroom Supreme provides long term immune support
Andrographis Respiratory Wellness includes herbs to fight the flu.
Many people really like to use elderberry for cold and flu season. The caution for elderberry is not to take for more than a few days. It can unbalance the immune system if taken long term.
Remember all the other things that support your immune system:
Research shows a definite positive response to the immune system, especially acupuncture and chiropractic.
Studies show acupuncture and moxibustion can increase white blood cell numbers up to 60 % within 2-3 hours of an extended treatment, followed by a return to normal within 24 hours. Furthermore, acupuncture raises antibody formation beneficial in treatment of acute infections, especially in the early stages.
We will maintain office hours for the next few weeks, and I'll review next class offerings at the end of the month!
I am available for phone consultations and questions by text and email.
Claire Didion, L.Ac