In light of recent negative press articles, the British Naturopathic Association would like to make it clear that its members make no claims that they can treat the 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) infection and is not aware of any research that proves that the virus can be successfully treated using naturopathic care.
We have advised our practitioners that if patients are seeking care or guidance,or there is any suspicion that they may have come into contact with the coronavirus, they should immediately refer patients to health officials in their area in line with government guidelines.
Most people with the common human coronavirus will recover on their own but naturopathic medicine could help support the body’s self-healing ability and remove obstacles to healing in the following ways:
- Herbs such as ginger, garlic, thyme, elderflower and cinnamon, when added to teas or food, can be beneficial for fever management.
- Foods such as onions, garlic, fennel, cloves, elderberries and green tea have medicinal qualities that could be beneficial in supporting respiratory conditions.
- Supplements such as Vitamin D3/K2, Echinacea, Vitamin C and probiotics may be beneficial, Zinc gluconate has been shown to reduce oral viral loads and is effective for sore throats.
- Acupuncture may be helpful in opening up the lung meridians.
The World Naturopathic Federation has prepared a public document outlining the background, symptoms, transmission, and prevention for the nCoV 2019. Click here to access.
The World Health Organisation provides detailed information and daily updates at: https://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus
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