Natural Remedy for COVID-19
(otherwise known as SARS-CoV-2)
(This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for the medical advice of a physician. Editor)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has baffled the medical community and the general public. SARS may be SEVERE, but is NOT a disease to be feared. Death in SARS occurs only in those with impaired immune function. Fatal cases reported from Canada occurred in elderly individuals with underlying diseases, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Smoking and alcoholism are known predisposing factor for SEVERE, life-threatening respiratory diseases. Both of these habits are rampant in China. Persons with intact immune functions need not fear of this type of infection. Even in SARS patients with immune dysfunction, there is still an effective treatment for them.
I have successfully used hydrotherapy for more than two decades to treat
patients with symptoms of SARS. Some patients acquired the infection while traveling abroad, others developed tracheobronchitis and pneumonia after returning from overseas visits, and still others acquired the disease without foreign travel. Each year, several of my medical students come down with symptoms of SARS just before their final examinations. With the proper use of hydrotherapy, they fully recover within 48 hours.
The hydrotherapy is called “fomentation,” meaning the use of moist heat. The process begins by heating a wet towel in a microwave oven for three minutes, wrapping this hot towel in a dry towel, and placing it directly on the chest and/or the back. Fresh hot towels should be prepared approximately every five minutes, and total treatment lasts 15–20 minutes. We also use Hydrocollator Steam Pack manufactured by Chattanooga Group (Hixson, TN, USA), which stays hot for 30 minutes. Treatment is given every 4 to 6 hours.
Moist heat penetrates the tissues to a depth of 2 to 5 inches, killing all microbes, including viruses. Moist heat also loosens mucus so that patients will be able to cough it out. Two months ago, a medical student came to me with an annoying and persistent dry cough, fever, malaise and myalgia. Ten days of amoxicillin and codeine cough syrup had done nothing. After three moist heat treatments, he coughed up more than a cup of sputum (his own estimate), and he was completely well. With lower respiratory infection, alveoli can fill with mucous secretions so thick that the person is unable to cough it up. Left untreated, the mucus can eventually cause breathing problems and hypoxia. Mucus accumulation may also cause bronchospasm, giving the appearance of asthma. I have used this moist heat method to cure childhood asthma. Moist heat enhances blood circulation, recruiting leukocytes, NK cells, and cytokines (interferons) to destroy viruses. Moist heat also encourages perspiration, allowing toxic byproducts to be eliminated through skin. When appropriately applied, SARS is cured in a few days.
While I realize that this treatment modality may be foreign to many, I invite readers to try this method and compare it to conventional treatments currently in use for SARS.
Benjamin Lau, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Medicine at School of Medicine, Loma Linda University.
(This article was written in 2003 for SARS but it also applies to SARS-CoV-2 as explained by Lau in this video: youtu.be/F3zOfM6-IGU. Editor)