Anti-Coronavirus Protocol - Part 1: Herbal Medicine
Updated: May 27, 2020
As the pharmaceutical industry scrambles to find effective drugs to use in the fight against COVID-19, the coronavirus that is causing a global pandemic, herbalists worldwide are calmly checking their stocks of tinctures and dried herbs that have been proven to kill multiple types of coronaviruses. Below are my list of must-have's in my family's medicine cabinet for this world challenge. As supply dwindles, the prices for these items can increase, as the law of supply and demand is part of the world in which we live. For that reason, I am prioritizing these herbs, listing them in what I believe to be the order of their importance. I encourage you to not delay, even a day, in ordering these items. If you have questions about if you should actually have concern over this virus or if this is all be media hype, I encourage you to read my other blogs on COVID-19, including Coronavirus: Should I be Concerned?
Elderberry - The giant slayer of the virus, elderberry should always be your go-to to avoid or treat any virus from the common flu to pesky cold sores or chickenpox. There is not enough research available to the public yet about COVID-19 (the coronavirus you are familiar with) but in one study on another strain of coronavirus, elderberry has been proven effective in inhibiting the virus from replicating and also indicate it could actually render the virus inert ("dead"). There is also some indication that in COVID-19, the flowers have at least as much, if not more, effectiveness in fighting the virus.
A word of warning: Elderberry contains a substance that, when ingested in the fresh berry, can be poisonous. Elderberry must be dried or cooked in order to be safe for consumption. Even touching the wood for extended periods of time can cause problems. So respect the Elder!
Source 1: My most trusted source! For handcrafted Elderberry syrup that we use in our family, we recommend Teva Rose Herbs. The herbalist who makes this brand is a close friend of mine - none other than the renowned herbalist of the Smoky Mountains, Alicia Wornicov. Check out her shop periodically for her supply on several of these herbs mentioned in this article, as they will go in and out of stock.
Forsythia - As I write this blog, I glance over at the forsythia flowers I have drying on the table - freshly picked from my yard nestled in the Cherokee National Forest. These bright yellow flowers herald the Forsythia's strong actions, well-documented through rigorous scientific studies. Not only is it powerfully antiviral(5) but it can take out some of the heavy bacterial hitters like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus as well as dangerous fungal species like Aspergillus.(6) One of the main active medicinal compounds in Forsythia is forsythiaside A, which acts as an immunomodulator.(7) The immunomodulator helps reduce unwanted side effects (such as cytokine storms) of some immuno-active plants. I'm looking forward to the fruit coming into season as it has the most powerful action against the coronavirus. Those babies are going into a big bottle of vodka for 6-8 weeks.
Japanese Honeysuckle - It's slapped with the nasty designation "invasive" but honeysuckle could be your best friend when it comes to fighting coronavirus. Traditional Chinese Medicine swears by it. Lonicera japonica is a known powerful antiviral, heavily used in Chinese medicine since time immemorial.(4,5) But now there is proof in the way of medical research to back up the ancient folklore. Between 2000 and 2015, there have been dozens of scientific studies on L. japonica. Unfortunately, the studies most relevant to the antiviral usage are written in Chinese. The first cases of COVID-19 may have been found in China, but its cure may have been spreading here for far longer, just waiting for a time to be needed. Don't let those honeysuckle flowers go to waste this year. Tincture those fragrant little beauties in some organic vodka; shake that jar every day; and in two months, you have a great flu medicine. As with all tinctures, remember this is medicine, not a mint julep. Take by the dropper-full, not the glassful. Too much Japanese honeysuckle can also be dangerous.
Chameleon Plant - Houttuynia cordata. Don't feel bad if you've never noticed this amazing plant. It blends in to look like any other innocuous ground cover. It's mistaken for a weed, trampled upon and overlooked... except by Chinese scientists who have proven its efficacy in preventing contraction of coronavirus and Dengue Fever (8). I wish I'd had it around as a teenager living in the Marshall Islands. Take it from me, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever is no fun. Have this herb on hand, preferably in tincture but it's fine in a tea (if you like the taste of fish tea). It grows wild on my Appalachian Mountain.