It’s all anyone is talking about these days: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its rapid spread across the world. We have curfews in place and slowly but surely the country is coming to a halt. More than 8,900 people worldwide have passed from COVID-19. Seems like we’re in a movie. It also seems like now’s the time to panic, right? Wrong.

Before we begin, it is important for us to emphasize that Hamilton West Windsor Acupuncture is not trying to minimize the impact this virus can have on our community. This post is meant to offer a bit of solace and comfort in this difficult time.

91% recovery rate. That is an important number for you to remember. 91% of people, including those that have a pre-existing condition, will recover. Exclude those with a pre-existing condition and the recovery rate goes up to above 99%. As the number of people tested increases, so does the number of cases identified. But, as that number rises, keep this number in mind: 91%. That is the percentage of people who contract COVID-19 that will recover.

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Those who are most at risk for complications related to COVID-19 are individuals with pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, hypertension, and people who are otherwise immunocompromised. Those people should take extra precautions to avoid contracting the virus.

This week we have seen “social distancing” take over as our new normal. This step will help slow the spread of COVID-19, so as to not overwhelm our healthcare system. The ultimate goal is to not only protect ourselves, but each other.

When it comes to prevention, we agree with the experts at the CDC – wash your hands, avoid touching your face, self-quarantine if you have been exposed. But, we believe there is more you can do. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been shown to work significantly to prevent the spread of the virus.

A hospital in the Henan Province of China has been successfully treating COVID-19 patients since January, and yet none of their staff contracted the virus. How have they achieved this? Chinese herbal medicine. Depending on the proximity of the hospital worker to infected patients, hospital workers were provided Chinese formulas to protect them from contracting the virus. A second report demonstrates the impact of combining Western Medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine. The physicians in this case reported a marked improvement in their patients and a faster recovery when both Western modalities and TCM are used.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture and herbal medicine, works to prevent disease and illness by boosting the immune system. In the case of COVID-19, taking preventative steps to boost the immune system can better prepare the body to fight off infection. TCM looks at the body as whole, assessing areas of potential weakness and boosting our overall body functioning. Studies have shown that regular acupuncture treatments can increase the number of T cells your body produces. These cells are like the Marines of fighting infection. When the body senses an invasion, T cells respond first and start attacking. If they’re successful, we remain healthy.

If you are symptom-free and able to leave your home, call us to make an appointment. We have taken extraordinary steps in our practice to ensure your safety during your visit. If you are self-quarantining, our staff is happy to get an immune-boosting herbal formula to you!

We have a wealth of tools at our disposal at Hamilton West Windsor Acupuncture to help you through this crisis. While we need to take the situation seriously and follow the guidelines we have been given, we also can be proactive. Remember, of the 216,822 reported cases of COVID-19, 91% have recovered. Stay safe and healthy, and let us know how we can help.