Can Traditional Remedies Help in the Fight Against Covid-19?

Can Traditional Remedies Help in the Fight Against Covid-19?

The virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic has been spreading rapidly throughout the world since it first emerged in the city of Wuhan located in China’s central Hubei Provence. Even though cities, states and countries around the world are starting to reopen, the rate of infections and death toll are continuing to climb.  

Doctors and scientist around the world are gradually finding more effective means of treating those who have become infected and yet there is a lot that we still don’t know. Antibodies taken from people who have been exposed to and then recovered from the Covid-19 virus have helped many who might not have made it to recover. Drugs like Rendesivir are showing promise in reducing the severity of the symptoms. Russia has now approved the anti-influenza drug, Avifavir that is said to shorten recovery times for patients with Covid-19.

My greatest concern in the midst of this pandemic is for the elderly, Native Americans and other indigenous populations, people of color, refugees and other economically disadvantaged people in developing nations.

Ancient cultures such as those found in various parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas have for thousands of years practiced their own forms of traditional medicine. Some of these ancient systems of medicine are still in wide use to this day. Those who practiced these ancient forms of medicine have been able to effectively treat a wide range of health-related issues.

I have a great deal of admiration for the advances that have been made in modern medicine. I feel that in many instances, conventional Allopathic approaches to treatment are the best-known option for a wide range of health-related issues. I have also been hesitant to taking medications or undergoing any other form of conventional allopathic treatment and have only done so as a last resort.

I have felt greatly angered and disillusioned by the incompetence and stupidity of the Chinese Communist Party and our own United States Government’s bungled response to the Covid-19 pandemic. I admire the approach of South Korea and other countries that have done a much better job of containing the spread of the virus through widespread testing, contact tracing and isolation of those who have tested positive.  

I was in my early twenties when the AIDS pandemic first emerged. Contracting the AIDS virus was in those days a virtual death sentence. I lost a number of friends and people that I had worked with during that time. I remember the sense of helplessness I felt watching people I cared about wasting away and dying. Even though there is currently no cure for the virus, I am very thankful for the breakthroughs in modern medicine that are now allowing people with HIV/AIDS to live indefinitely.

I began my training with one of the last surviving traditional doctors among the Kiowa Indian Tribe in my early twenties. I had the opportunity to work with a number of the gay men in the Kansas City area where I was living at the time who were HIV+ or had progress to full-blown AIDS. I was in only in the beginning stages of my practice and lacked the experiential knowledge that comes with time and practice.  

My friend Robert was at one point deteriorating rapidly and close to death. But I still remember vividly how he rebounded right after I worked with him. That session apparently boosted his body’s own immune response. One of my greatest regrets is that I wasn’t at that time connecting the dots. I didn’t understand the importance of consistency. From what I now know from years of experience, we could have extended his life considerably.

It wasn’t until a few years later that I began to work with people suffering from cancer and other serious health related issues who began to ask me if I would work with them on a regular basis. Only then did I realize the importance of consistent intervention. Some of the people I worked with that did not expect to be around for much longer went on to live another ten or more years.   

I’ve lived anything but a sheltered life, having made my way to southwestern Oklahoma by the age of seventeen where I lived among a community of Kiowa Indians. I spent much of my time with the Kiowa elders. A few years later, I moved out to the Navajo Indian Reservation.

I became seriously ill after contracting strep throat while staying out on the reservation at a friend’s home near Shiprock, New Mexico. Streptococcal bacteria are highly contagious. They can easily spread through airborne droplets when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes or through shared food or drinks. You can also pick up the bacteria from surfaces and transfer them to your nose, mouth or eyes.

I was able to successfully treat the streptococcal infection on my own by drinking apple cider vinegar. I later used apple cider vinegar to beat back a Chlamydia infection I had contracted during my junior year of college. I have also found that apple cider vinegar prevented me from coming down with a cold or flu during the winter months. And if I did come down with either, the symptoms were usually much milder, and the duration was much shorter.

Alcoholism and other problems among the native communities I lived in seemed to be getting progressively worse as the older generations continued to die out. I didn’t feel that I had much choice other than to bail out. I was living in one of the border towns just outside of the reservation in southern Colorado when I decided to return to college.

Years later, I had an intuitive sense that I needed to get on a plane and head to Sri Lanka. I found it quite difficult to adjust to a country in the midst of a brutal civil war, but I soon came to feel right at home among Sri Lanka’s people.

From Sri Lanka, I went on to India. I would often stop in over Thailand while traveling back and forth between India, Sri Lanka and the United States. I also made several trips to the town of Taigu in China’s Shanxi Provence to train with Sifu Yang Fansheng in the internal martial art of Xin Yi Quan.

Malaria, dengue fever, amoebic dysentery and a wide assortment of other viral and bacterial pathogens abound in developing nations such as Sri Lanka. Spending so much time out in the remote villages made me a prime candidate. On one occasion when my entire body ached and I was running a high fever, I asked a friend to buy me some garlic and a bottle of apple cider vinegar from the Pettah Market in Colombo. The fever broke within a day or two of eating whole cloves of raw garlic and drinking lots of vinegar.

I first came down with dysentery shortly before returning to Sri Lanka from Mumbai. I felt incredibly weak and slept much of the day. I was also suffering from chronic diarrhea and was constantly running to the toilet. One of my friends told me at the time that I looked like a ghost.

A Sri Lankan friend took me to one of the local Ayurvedic clinics upon my return, but the remedy given to me had little effect. A few weeks after returning to New York City, a friend referred me to a Chinese herbalist. The mixture of traditional Chinese herbs prepared for me by Dr. Fung completely cleared my body of the dysentery.

I’ve had dysentery numerous times now. Dr. Fung returned to China soon after that first bout of dysentery, but I was fortunate to find the “Parasite Cleanse” created by the owner of the store High Vibe located on 3rd Street close to Avenue A in New York City. I usually start taking whole spoonfuls repeatedly throughout the day at the first sign of dysentery and the herbs clear it right up.

Years later while staying over at a friend’s house in Boston, I started scratching an itch on my hand late one night before drifting off to sleep. By the next morning, the infection was spreading up my arm. The friend I was staying with told me that I had contracted MRSA and recommended that I apply Manuka honey to the area of infection.

Bacteria is becoming far more resistant to the antibiotics that have been used for decades to kill it. Strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA are becoming more prevalent and are fairly common in hospitals. MRSA is spread through contact with infected people or objects that are carrying the bacteria.

I have had MRSA twice and have in both instances I smeared a combination of manuka honey and turmeric over the infected area on my hand and arm and then wrapped it up in gaze bandages. Within a few days, the infection was completely gone.

I wrote in an article about the urinary tract infection I suffered in September and October of 2019. Much to my regret, I did end up taking the antibiotics because my condition worsened so rapidly. The antibiotics only helped to a certain point. It didn’t take me long to realize that the antibiotics were not completely eradicating the bacteria causing the infection, and I knew I couldn’t keep taking them indefinitely.

I had been reading everything I could find about treating urinary tract infections naturally. I started dosing heavily on D-mannose, oil of oregano, ascorbic acid and probiotics and other herbs and supplements. A homeopathic remedy made from Arsenicum given to me by a friend was also very helpful. I’ve been free of all symptoms since November of 2019.

We’re in completely new territory with Covid-19 as we were back in the 1980s during the AIDS pandemic. My hope is that we will understand much more as science and medicine catches up and that more effective modes of treatment and prevention will soon become available. But I also wonder if the economically disadvantaged people in developing nations will have access to these interventions. It also concerns me knowing that many people here in the United States are not going to seek medical care because they cannot afford it and are afraid that they will incur huge expenses that they cannot pay off.

New York City was going into lockdown just as I was returning from Sri Lanka. I was feeling especially vulnerable upon my return, being that I had to go out on the subways and busses. I was eating chunks of raw ginger because I know it impedes the ability of certain viral pathogens to invade, take over and then destroy the cells.

The Covid-19 virus will in many instances sit in the throat and the upper respiratory tract when it first enters the body and then gradually make its way down into the lungs. I was experiencing some congestion after returning from Sri Lanka. That may have had more to do with all the stress on my body. I was feeling a bit paranoid at the time and wondering if I had been infected, but I had no means of getting tested. I started taking drops of oil of oregano because of it’s antiviral and anti-inflammatory qualities. Oil of oregano has historically been used to treat fevers and respiratory symptoms associated with the flu. I noticed while taking the oil that the congestion quickly cleared up.

I was also taking high doses of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and the supplement Kinoko Platinum AHCC, which is specifically designed to boost the immune system. My assumption is that I was being exposed to people who were carrying the virus. But I was determined to do whatever I could to strengthen my body’s own natural defenses. I have no way of knowing for sure that any of these remedies prevented me from being infected.

I’ve learned from first-hand experience and that of other practitioners and from the many people I’ve worked with over the years about the traditional remedies that are effective for a wide range of health-related issues.

I also want to be especially careful here and not provide false hope. I do not yet know how effective any of the traditional remedies are when it comes to Covid-19. Despite Native American’s vast wealth of herbal knowledge, traditional remedies did not prevent them from being descimated by diseases they had no immunity to that were introduced to them by Europeans such as smallpox.

People in many parts of the world are continuing to die in large numbers. Many more will suffer the lasting consequences of devastating Covid infections.  My intent is to encourage people to find whatever solutions work best. I feel we need to be open to new and traditional approaches to fighting disease. The innovation of doctors and scientists has enabled us to find effective means of treating HIV/AIDS and other pathogens. People that I know in the HIV/AIDS community have also shared a lot of the knowledge gained from both conventional and holistic modes of treatment in online forums.

It wasn’t until 1995-96 that the antiretroviral medications became widely available for people in the United States and other developed nations suffering from HIV/AIDS. The work that I have since done with a number of people suffering from HIV/AIDS has helped to mitigate the harmful side effects of these medications.

People in developing nations around the world that could not afford or access the antiretroviral drugs have had to rely upon their own traditional remedies. Organic coconut oil is taken by the spoonful by many as it is believed to reduce the viral load. Specific acupuncture procedures can benefit people suffering from HIV/AIDS. Yoga and Chi Gong practices help by moving the life force through the body. Exercise such as swimming and rebounding help to improve the circulation of lymph.

Boosting immune system can in many instances reduce our risk of contracting viral and bacterial pathogens. It can also greatly reduce the severity of the adverse effects of these pathogens if we do happen to contract them.

A large percentage of those infected with Covid-19 are either asymptomatic or only exhibit mild symptoms. Covid-19 infections can become deadly very quickly. And even for those who do survive, there is substantial risk of long term adverse effects to one’s health.

Do play it safe when it comes to Covid-19. Follow the advice given by the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Orginization to get tested if you suspect that you have been exposed to someone carrying the virus. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of Covid-19. And do seek medical care if you believe you’re showing signs of being infected by Covid-19.

I am always looking for the most effective solutions available to address the many health-related issues concerning family, friends and people in the community and those I work with in group and individual settings. My desire is to be of service. Whenever the need presents itself, I’ll pass on whatever information I have.

Some of the more resourceful of my Native Americans friends emphasized the importance of covering all bases. The traditional Native American doctors were some of the most powerful healers in the world. It was common for native people to made use of both modern and their own traditional medicine depending upon which approach best served their immediate needs.

People from the ancient traditional cultures around the world were able to determine the medicinal qualities of various plants and use them effectively to treat a wide range of illnesses and other health related issues. Many of the pharmaceuticals that are in common use today were derived from traditional herbal medicines. Extensive research is still being done into the medicinal plants used by native Indians of the Amazon rainforest. Pharmaceutical companies are specifically researching these plants for the purpose of creating new medicines.

I have read a number of articles stating that vitamin D can help to lower the risk of severity of Covid-19 infections. I’ve heard from numerous other sources that Reishi mushroom can help to protect us against viral pathogens by boosting our immune systems. However, I feel that there are other people who are far more knowledgeable on this subject. I have a few sources here that I would like to pass on to you. I will update this post by adding links to more valuable resources as I come across them.

Dr. Stephen Harrod Buhner’s Herbal Antibiotics talks about how you can use medicinal herbs safely and effectively to prevent and fight off a wide range of viral infections. The book is available in paperback and Kindle versions.


Also, be sure to check out this informative video where Roger Green goes into great detail about the traditional Chinese remedies that can help to boost your immune system.

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