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H1N1 flue treatment by TCM



Because it can be transmitted from person to person, H1N1 flue belongs to Wenyi in Traditional Chinese Medicine. If a flu is not transmitted, it is called either a Shanghan or Wenbing. Here we introduce how we may treat a H1N1 flu with TCM herbal therapy. As you may already realized that the current conventional medicine can only do a symptomatic treatment – no any medication can effectively treat the virus infection. In TCM, the acupuncture is neither the highly effective remidy for H1N1 infection. Depending on the severity of the flue, the herbal formula will be different.

(1). If a person didn’t feel any symptoms as a common cold, e.g. he did not feel chilly, cold or fever, no headache or sour throat, but feels feels very tiredness, lazy to move or to perform any physical activities, he may have already had a slight flu. If his tongue covering is normal (for healthy person, there is no clear tongue covering) or with only slight white covering, the following herbal formula need to try. We include a Chinese character for the consideration that you may have to go to a Chinese herbal shop to buy the herbs, where the shop assistants may not know the herbal names in English.

This formula has three ingredients: Bohe 9 gram, Liangqiao 9 gram, and Chinese onion stem, three inches long.

Add the Lianqiao and the onion into a clay pot (do not use metal pot), bring to boil for about 25 min. Add the Bohe in and continue to boil for additional 5 min. Collect the supernatant, cold down for a while. Drink the herb liquid for sweat. You can drink it as drink coffee, from time to time, until you get sweat.

If the flu is little bit heavier, one may feel headache, joint pain, hot muscle, warm or hot feeling in chest, not dislike wind or air conditioning, with floating-fast pulse and thick-white tongue covering, you should include Tihuafen (24 gram) and Juhua (6 gram) in the herbs above. The bohe always should be added for only five minutes, then stop the boiling.

Gancao Herb: Gancao    Lianqiao Herb: Lianqiao 


Bohe Herb: Bohe   



(2). If one have fever very quickly after he feels something wrong in his body, with very little or no chilly feeling before the fever (usually high fever), it means the illness is dangerous and need treatment right away. People with this kind of condition are usually the ones who usually have warm or hot feeling in whole body or in chest, before the H1N1 flue. It therefore usually comes in young person with relatively “healthy” condition, a clinic situation that is commonly seen in acute pneumonia.

Formula: Shigao (30 gram), Tianhuafen (30 gram), Bohe (4 gram) and Lianqiao (4 gram). Cook the herbs as above for the first formula. Remember to add the Bohe later.

In this formula, Shigao works to reduce fever, Bohe and Lianqiao work to remove the disease-causing matters, no matter what it is from skin, and the Tianhufen works to lose of water part (the Yin part of the body) due to the other three herbs.

This formula is very good to reduce fever, not matter it is 39, 40 or even 42 C. It works very fast and much better than ice bath, or equally good as the use of cordisone-like hormones, whereas no any side effects compared with the use of hormone products.

Let the person drink the herbs little by little until he feels little cold in stomach.

Chantui herb: Chantui     Xinren herb: Xinren

  Mahuang herb: Mahuang


(3). If one feels lazy, heavy in the body, with heavy head, limbs; or the urinate is stagnated, not smoothly as usual, and if his tongue covering is white (or with little grey in color) and looks sticky, and pulse is felt floating and sticky, the one is more affected with Wetness according to TCM. People may catch this syndrome because he live in a wet living condition such as in a wet basement; because he is exposed to continuous raining or wet weather or working environment; or because he has had too much cold foods or beverage drinking. We need to remove the extra wetness from his body.

Formula:  Bohe (9 gram), Liangqiao (9 gram), Canshu (9 gram), Huangqin (9 gram) and Tongcao (6 gram).

Cook the herbs as for the first formula.

If the urine is not smoothly, cook herb Baimaogen (120 gram) and drink the herbal tea as regular tea, along with the drink of the above herb tea.

If one feels hot in the muscle and also in chest, replace the Canshu with Huashi (24 gram). It works to remove the hot through urine.

(4). Person have fever right away when he feels discomfort. At the same time, he may feel more asthma with short breath. In other words, the high fever and short of breath is his most dramatic discomfort though he may has some other symptoms. He does not feel any chilly and feel some kind of hot in chest. His pulse feels floating (easy to touch).

Formula: Shigao (30 gram), Mahuang (3 gram), Xingren (6 gram, remove skin of it), Gancao (4 gram).  Add all ingredients into clay pot. Add water in it (let the surface level of water is about 1 inch above the herbs) and bring the mixture to boil until there is half of the liquid left in the pot. Drink one third of the herbs. Wait for half hour for sweat. If not, drink the second one third of the herbs. Repeat to drink the same way until there is sweat.

(5). If the symptoms, such as fever, cough, sour throat, tired feeling, poor appetite, etc., lasted for several days without any improvement yet, and the patients show white tongue covering and dark yellow urine, we need to clear the disease from urine. There are two formula to choose.

Formula I: Huashi (30 gram), Liangqiao (9 gram), Chantui (9 gram), Difuzi (9 gram), Gancao (6 gram). Cook the herbs as for formula (4).

Formula II: Shigao (30 gram), Huashi (24 gram), Lianqiao (9 gram), Chantui (9 gram), Difuzi (9 gram) and Gancao (6 gram). Cook the herbs as for formula (4).

(6). If one feels high fever with little chilly feeling on the back but no sweat, has headache and sour joints (whole of the body), with pulse floating and smooth (slippery), we should use the following formula:

Bohe (12 gram), Chantui (9 gram), Shigao (18 gram) and Gancao (4 gram).

 Cook the herbs as for formula (4).

(7). If the flu lasts for several days with very high fever, irritable in emotion, very thirsty and drinking lots of water, heavy diarrhea, the condition becomes life-threatening.

Formula: Huashi (30 gram), Gancao (6 gram), Lianqiao (9 gram), Chantui (9 gram), Baishao (12 gram) and Shanyao (30 gram).

Cook the herbs as for formula (4).

If this is the case, you need to come to a TCM doctor as soon as possible, rather than stay at home to try the herbs above.

 Herb names:

Bo He

Mentha haplocalyx (herb)

Chan Tui

Cryptotympana pustulata (slough)

Shi Gao

Gypsum fibrosum (ore)

Lian Qiao

Forsythia suspensa (fruit)

Hua Shi

Talcum (ore)

Gan Cao

Glycyrrhiza uralensis (root & rhizome)

Di Fu Zi

Kochia scoparia (fruit)

Ma Huang

Ephedra sinica (stem)

Ku Xing Ren

Prunus armeniaca (seed)

Prevention of flu:
(1). Chinese onion: 15g, white turnip 30g, celery 3g. Add water (let the water surface is one inch higher than the vegetables). Bring to boil for 10 min to 20 min. Drink it when the vegetable tea is still warm.
(2). Bohe 3g, fresh ginger 3g, Chinese date 3. Chop the ginger into slice. Open the date and remove the kernel. Add all ingredient into a clay pot and add 200 to 300 ml water in. Bring to boil for 5 to 10 min. Drink the soup.