Coronavirus: Herbal Formulas for Patients and Practitioners

A new Coronavirus has broken out in China, infecting more than 4,000 people and killing 106 – with the death toll set to rise. The disease, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, has forced Beijing to quarantine 18 major cities, locking down more than 56 million people.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from a cold to more severe diseases. Typically, symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat and dry cough, and may develop into breathing difficulties. 

In 2003, the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) broke out in China. SARS is an airborne virus, which is also spread in a similar way to cold and flu and is a form of Coronavirus. It infected over 8,000 people which resulted in nearly 800 deaths in 17 countries over an 8 month period. 

These viruses are usually transmitted between animals and people. The source of the coronavirus is believed to be a seafood market in the city of Wuhan, home to over 11 million people. 

Whilst most people affected are in China, a small number of cases have also been confirmed in the United States, France, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Japan and the Philippines. 14 people are currently being tested in the UK. 

The Coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and there is no specific cure or vaccine. If you or your patient have recently travelled to China, have been in contact with someone who has, has similar symptoms or want to try to prevent catching the virus, we have something that may help.

Recommended Herbal Formulas 

Professor Huang Huang has recommended his most successful classical formulas for preventing and treating flu-like symptoms. They can be used at home by patients or in clinics by registered practitioners. 

Jing Fang for Treating Flu – used by practitioners only:

Common formulas:

  • Gan Cao Tang to treat sore throat 
  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang to treat wind-heat
  • Ge Gen Tang to treat wind-cold 

Severe cold and in strong constitution:

  • Da Chai Hu Tang

Cough in case of wind-cold with white phlegm:

  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang + Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang

Yellow phlegm, chest tightness and inflammation:

  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang + Xiao Xian Xiong Tang

All formulas can be made up with our authentic DaoDi dry herbs, which can be purchased individually on our online shop. Alternatively, we run a fully comprehensive dispensary service where we produce herbal formulas on demand. Herbalists can use our online ordering system and have the prescription delivered. Visit our dispensary or contact for more information. 

Jing Fang formulas for Preventing Flu – for use at home:

  • Gan Cao TangGan Cao 5g: soak in boiling water and drink as a tea
  • Jie Gen TangJie Gen 5g & Gan Cao 5g: suitable for sore throats and coughs
  • Da Huang Gan Cao TangDa Huang 5g & Gan Cao 5g: suitable for dry stools
  • Gan Cao Gan Jiang TangZhi Gan Cao 5g & Sheng Jiang 15g: for loose stools, excessive saliva and fear of cold 
  • Huang Qin TangHuang Qin 5g, Bai Shao 10g, Gan Cao 5g & Da Zao 15g: for fear of heat, sweating, sore throat and dry mouth

Method: the above herbs should all be soaked in boiling water and then drunk as tea. 

We also recommended that individuals consume foods that are rich in immune-boosting ingredients such as Vitamin C, D and E, Zinc, Selenium and Omega 3 to help boost their immune system.

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