Dr Helen Hu OMD L.Ac San Diego Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine reminds us “From April 2009, the World Health Organization has tracked the virus around the world since the original cases were diagnosed.”
During the winter months in the Southern Hemisphere (June –September) the incident of infection of H1N1 was marked by a sharp rise early in the season with a few benign numbers being reported later in the season. Normally in the United States, the seasonal flu runs from October to March with the peak months usually occurring in November and February. We have to do whatever it takes to prevent and restrain H1N1 from spreading. It is especially important for those populations of younger, elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
The follow most asked questions regarding the H1N1 flu:
- How is H1N1 virus transmitted and exposure precautions?
The limited data available indicates that this virus is transmitted in ways similar to other influenza virus. Seasonal human influenza virus are spread from person to person primarily through respiratory droplet ejected during sneezing and coughing. Close contact is considered within about an 8 foot radius of an infected person.
The N1H1 virus can survive on a hard surface for up to 8 hours. Frequent hand washing is essential
- How contagious is the H1N1 virus?
Unlike the common cold, which attaches to the adenoids, the influenza virus attaches to the lung tissue itself. The lungs become inflamed and the body reacts with “flu-like symptoms”. The incubation for the H1N1 virus appears to be 1-4 days after exposure, with a possibility of being up to 7 days. Normally, an adult is contagious for about 24 hours after the fever has dropped below 100F/38C without the use of fever reducing medicine. Children can be contagious up to one week after the fever has dispersed
It is suggested that by using vinegar steam to treat a room space where the flu patient stayed.
- Recent Discoveries for N1H1 virus from WHO.
The World Health Organization has determined that the novel H1N1 virus has little or no resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors. Neuraminidase inhibitors interfere with virus’s ability to replicate. Since the replication of an influenza virus in the respiratory tract reaches its peak between 24 and 72 hours after the onset of the illness, early treatment with neuraminidase inhibitors can be very effective.
A handful of Chinese herbs have been shown to have strong neuraminidase inhibitory effects, most notably, Sophora root (Ku Shen) and isalis root(Ban lan gen)
Most Chinese family with children always have Ban Lan Gen herbs during cold season. Take it after very early signs of a cold or even after contact with an infected individual.
- What are the options for Chinese Medicine to treat H1N1 influenza?
First of all, we have to understand that Chinese Medicine treats influenza (wind cold attack) with acupuncture, gua sha, cupping and varieties of herbal formula depending on the stage of the illness.
- Prevention: TCM believe: there may be no pathogen invasion if one has an intact defensive system. Supporting immune system in order to prevent the virus of a future exposure forming full attachment, such as Jade Screen formula that boosts immunity to fence off pathogen invasion.
- Early stage: When one contact the virus, or show every early signs such as sneezing, mild fatigue and discomfort, make sure to take Ban Lan Gen to fight virus replication with plenty of rest and fluid.
- However, once full blow of cold, TCM practitioner has to evaluate patterns of the influenza and apply different herbal formula accordingly.
Acupuncture combine with Gua Sha and cupping treatment can bring instant relief for some patients. Acupuncture along with herbal formula can fasten the healing process and ensure patients recovery from the flu.
Drinking more liquids, and bed rest are also important beside medical treatment. If a person feeling more cold and congestion, can drink homemade warm soup with fresh ginger and green onion with little pepper and salt
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is being widely used to treat H1N1 flu patients in China, “China has been, so far, the only country worldwide to introduce traditional medicine, particularly the TCM, which had been practiced for thousands of years in the nation in the treatment of diseases,” said Ren Minghui, director of the international cooperation department of the Ministry of Health (MOH)
Keep in mind: if there are complications, or someone with pre-existing medical condition with flu, one should seek urgent medical help right way.
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Dr Helen Hu OMD L.Ac San Diego Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine
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