H1N1 flue treatment
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
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
(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.
(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
(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).
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
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.
Mentha haplocalyx (herb)
Cryptotympana pustulata (slough)
Gypsum fibrosum (ore)
Forsythia suspensa (fruit)
Glycyrrhiza uralensis (root & rhizome)
Di Fu Zi
Kochia scoparia (fruit)
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.