Key points:

  • It is imperative that naturopathic practitioners do not make claims that they can treat the 2019 – nCoV infection or that there is research that proves that it can be treated successfully using naturopathic care.
  • This following guide is for naturopathic practitioners, not the public. It is meant as an overview of supportive care for respiratory health.
  • What history has taught us is that excessive stimulation of the immune system may be detrimental. In the case of the SARS-CoV epidemic it is not known whether the virus itself the causal fatal agent was, or whether macrophages recruited to the lungs in response to infection with SARS-CoV caused fatal immunopathological changes, leading to acute respiratory distress.
  • If patients are seeking care or guidance and there is any suspicion that they may have come in contact with 2019-nCoV it is important to refer patients to the Ministry of Health in their region and to follow the guidelines set by your region.

There are no specific treatments for symptoms or illnesses causes by any human coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness recover on their own. The aim of supportive naturopathic care is to support the body’s self-healing ability and to remove obstacles to healing. The following guidelines refer to general respiratory conditions.

  • Home care: at the first sign of an infection, improve on the Prevention and Health promotion such as proper hygiene, clean balanced diet, stay home, rest and drink plenty of liquids.
  • Fever management: an elevated core temperature is a normal part of the body fighting an infection. Many diaphoretic herbs have a normalizing effect on the body.
  • Medicinal foods: foods that have medicinal properties and that may be helpful in supporting respiratory conditions include onions, garlic, fennel, clones, green tea and cinnamon.
  • Hydrotherapy: cold wet socks at the beginning of a cold can help the body’s fever effort and can be repeated daily.
  • Botanical medicine: Botanicals for pneumonia may include Andrographis paniculate, ligusticum porter, lomatium dissectum and sambucus canadensis.
  • Nutraceutical: supplements that may be beneficial for some people include vitamin D, vitamin C and probiotics
  • Homeopathic: these are a number of homeopathic medicines associated with coronavirus symptoms and the correct remedy will often vary based on a person’s vitality.
  • Acupuncture: acupuncture and / or cupping may be indicated and helpful in opening up the lung meridians
  • Intravenous Therapy: Intravenous vitamin C has antiviral properties and may be beneficial for individuals that with weakened immune status

Please ensure that you are aware and follow guidelines of your local Ministry of Health for any communicable diseases.

Article from World Naturopathic Federation, Toronto