Are herbs effective against Covid and chronic diseases?

Are herbs effective against Covid and chronic diseases?

Covid, chronic disease and herbs

We live in a high tech world and yet every year more and more people suffer from chronic and infectious diseases. Now, the strange virus known as Covid -19 has literally changed all our lives – and is especially affecting those who have chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

Have you wondered why chronic disease is so common – and whether it is avoidable? As a herbalist, I know the power of plant medicine to restore and protect the body – a power that has been proven over thousands of years and may now be more needed than ever.

Covid-19 is referred to as a virus but it is not actually a living thing. It’s more like a piece of a molecule and since it cannot replicate alone it aims to get inside healthy cells in the human body and use them to multiply and infect more cells.

This virus can attack organs like the kidneys, brain and lungs while also depriving the blood of essential oxygen. This happens because, once inside the respiratory system, it can travel down its many branching airways as far as the alveoli, small air sacs which release oxygen into the bloodstream and absorb carbon dioxide.

When the virus enters the body, it is not looking for just any healthy cell but one type in particular – those that are expressing a high amount of something called ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 to be technical). We’ve all seen the diagram of the virus with its little ‘arms’ and when those arms find high ACE2 cells, they dock on and start their work.

Let’s understand better what’s going on from a recent letter to The Lancet magazine written by distinguished medical experts:

What type of cells become high in ACE2?

Those in the lung, intestine, kidney, and blood vessels.

Who tends to have high ACE2 cells?

People who suffer from diabetes, hypertension and metabolic disease

What do doctors give patients who have these problems?

ACE inhibitors and ARBs

What effect do these drugs have on the body?

They actually increase the amount of ACE2 expressed by cells, making the person even more susceptible to Covid-19 virus and less able to fight it off.

So both chronic disease and the conventional treatment for it may be putting people in danger from this strange new virus.  It seems that we need to go back to examine the cause of chronic disease and how it can be addressed.

That’s simple – the cause is Inflammation – and inflammation is the immune system’s biological response to aging, stress, a poor diet high in processed food and sugar, excessive alcohol, lack of exercise, obesity and other medical conditions.

In the thinking of traditional Chinese medicine, this inflammation creates a propensity for heat within the body – and heat can lead to a stagnation of body fluids, especially blood stagnation. There is a whole range of herbs that can efficiently clear this heat and stagnation, without unpleasant or dangerous side effects – and many of them are in our Resist herbal formula.

When it comes to recovery from covid type symptoms, I keep seeing how good our Expert Herbalist Cough formula is for nourishing, protecting and restoring the lungs. 

It is full of antibacterial and antiviral herbs that particularly nourish lungs, stop spasm and clear phlegm.

For maintaining good health, of course we need to address all the lifestyle causes of inflammation. Meanwhile to help strengthen and protect the immune system, Expert Herbalist Resist herbal formula can be taken long term at a maintenance dose. Also very important is Vitamin D3, along with food-state Vitamin C.  Those with low levels of vitamin D have been seen to be more susceptible to covid. Elderberry is useful, too, as it helps prevent the virus from attaching to the lung by coating the alveoli receptors.

We are working on new formulas all the time, so be on the lookout for additions to our range and feel free to get in touch if you need specific health advice. Meanwhile, to learn more about herbs and good health, download our free e-book, ‘Herbs and the Human Body’. Live well, love well, stay well. 

Matthew Jackson – Somerset Health Practice

Traditional Chinese Medicine expert and Osteopath, Matt Jackson has launched the UK’s first range of Chinese herbal formulations for modern health problems.
The Expert Herbalist range harnesses the ancient wisdom of the East, where herbal medicine has been used for centuries to heal the body and promote a healthy long life.
Matt comes from a medical family but felt drawn to a more natural approach to health and optimal wellness. His studies have taken him to the Himalayas where he began a 4-year monastic training and China, where he studied herbal medicine and acupuncture, working in hospitals alongside leading Chinese doctors.
In the UK, Matt studied at the London School of Oriental Medicine and the London School of Osteopathy.
It was during his studies in the Far East that Matt saw the role of herbal medicine in the everyday health and wellness of people. He saw that using herbal remedies was powerful and effective without the side-effects of many modern drugs.
Matt has created the Expert Herbalist range to offer people the benefits of herbal medicine in a way that is convenient and easy to use. He has created combinations of herbs that work synergistically and are safe for regular use.
The Expert Herbalist range is the result of Matt’s 25 year’s experience and he is passionate about helping people to have access to these powerful herbal remedies so they can live a happier, healthier long life.