Traditional medicine can help in fighting against COVID-19 virus- Joe Brady

Active cold and flu season in the US for stress and for pain that’s kept Joe Brady busy he’s a traditional Chinese medicine or TCM practitioner who uses a lot of acupuncture in his work with needles I make the patient feel better but there’s still a virus present that’s where he says herbs like bond line again which has long been touted for its antiviral properties come in and here in my clinic and in TCM in general for the last several thousand years they found for your average cold or flu the herbs work quite well give a little byway Kerbal remedies have a rich history in countries like China they relied on heavily to help relieve symptoms of illness and build up people’s immunities experts say herbs have been a treasure trove for modern medicine and out of them we’ve come up with new drugs like malaria drugs for which the Nobel Prize was awarded to a Chinese scientist several years ago now with the Chinese government’s backing herbal medicines derived from plants flowers and dried fruit have assumed a key role in the fight against Ovid nineteen Brady endorses the idea we currently don’t have any good antivirals that are effective against this corona virus and so the Chinese are taking a throw to kitchen sink at it approach and using every antiviral herb that they have in the hopes of finding one that’s going to be effective traditional Chinese medicine

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remains an alien concept to many in the West some put it in the same category as snake oil herbs also haven’t been subjected to the kind of clinical trials that Western drugs have simply trying any traditional medicine that’s potentially out there is probably not the wisest thing to do David Kroll with the University of Colorado’s Skaggs school of pharmacy says coronavirus treatments should be carefully chosen just using anything and everything against it has the potential for causing side effects that are worse than the disease itself if they can isolate one or two of these herbs that seem to be more effective well that gives an opportunity for the scientists on the road to figure out what the active ingredient was Brady says herb showed some positive results in the fight against the SARS coronavirus in 2002 and 2003 but freely admits more study needs to be done a number of trials are underway in China now pour more money into research yeah I’ll be happy with that in the meantime he says Western medicine can help patients in ways traditional Chinese medicine can’t that’s handy to western-style be a ballistic a needle in the arm and force the fluids into them with an IV there’s a role for both styles of medicine Brady argues as doctors and scientists work overtime to try to tame this very serious disease Hendricks brandy CGT in Denver

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