2019 Coronavirus & the Pandemic Phenomenon
Part III

Jade Windscreen

Among the lovely souls studying the Light and Sound teachings under the guidance of Sri Gary Olsen, the current Living Master, there seems to be a surprising percentage of health care professionals—of every imaginable persuasion.  They’re everywhere I look!  Among them is one of that extremely rare breed of M.D.s who has exercised the humility and wisdom to study and practice Oriental medicine.  A few years back, at the time of another manifestation of a viral threat, we were discussing that virus and its effects on those infected, and he said with the finality of condensing the distilled essence of our conversation, “You just don’t want to get this virus!”  And we both laughed in agreement with the obvious.

But there is a profound wisdom in his statement, because that perspective is more than simple common sense.  It’s the guiding vantage point of Oriental medicine.  The focus of the Medicine of the Emperors is creating and maintaining vibrant and resilient health, contrasted with tunnel vision on how to kill a particularly virulent pathogen after it’s already ravaging the body—the latter being the myopia of Western medicine.  Today, we’re going into detail on how Oriental medicine excels at both—without the use of vaccines.  Vaccines are a poor man’s illusion.  Threats to our health will always be present.  We, alone, control our own health.  The emperor demands robust and overflowing health in all bodies.

 

Yu Ping Feng San
Jade Windscreen Powder
玉屏風散

Yu Ping Feng San is a classical Chinese herbal formula which supports such an attitude.  First recorded in 1481, it is the key formula for tonifying and consolidating wei (defensive) qi, for the treatment of weak, deficient, immune-compromised patients who may experience repetitive colds or flu.  This formula’s English name is “Jade Windscreen Powder”—or just Jade Windscreen.  As usual, there are important qualifications worth understanding here.

  1. While Yu Ping Feng San strongly tonifies the immune system, it falls into the Chinese medicine classification of an astringent.  If you look up the word ‘astringent’ in an English dictionary, you won’t get an accurate reflection of what the Chinese mean when they use it.  It’s more like containing, retaining, and consolidating.  In the case of Yu Ping Feng San, it’s a matter of consolidating the wei qi.  Wei qi is the outer reflection of our immune system.  If wei qi is weak, one of the manifestations can be spontaneous sweating—loss of body fluids which has no other cause than open pores, due to wei qi deficiency.  So Yu Ping Feng San stops perspiration by tonifying wei qi, which closes the pores.  Our interest in the formula is more focused on what it can do for our immune system—unless we have spontaneous sweating.
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  3. Yu Ping Feng San very strongly tonifies wei qi.  That sounds good, and yes it is.  However, when we have an external pathogenic factor which has already entered the outer levels of our body (the surface or wei level), tonification can prevent the pathogen from being expelled from the body.  We don’t want this pathogen in our body.  We need to get rid of it.  But tonifying herbs can lock the pathogen in by strengthening the wei level.  When this happens, the pathogenic factor not only remains in the body, but can also be strengthened, allowing it to travel to deeper levels of the body, rather than being expelled.  So there is a principle in Chinese medicine that cautions against the use of tonifiers when a pathogen is present in the body.
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  5. How do we know if a pathogen is present?  We will have symptoms of that presence.  For example, a Wind Cold invasion produces the symptoms of chills and aversion to cold.  There may be slight fever, but chills will dominate.  Tight and sore muscles, especially in the occipital region of the head and neck.  There can be headache, sneezing, coughing.  Mucus is clear or white, and typically thin, but can be copious.
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  7. Wind Heat, on the other hand, manifests with chills and fever, fever being dominant.  Sore throat is a common sign of Wind Heat.  It’s uncommon these days, but at the first hint of a sore throat, I’m dosing a Wind Heat formula!  Aversion to heat is likely, and we may be thirsty.  Runny nose, with yellow mucus, slight sweating, and sometimes body aches are further signs of Wind Heat.  Remember, a fever is a normal body function attempting to burn out a Heat pathogen—naturally.  Our Western tendency to subdue fever can be self defeating to its purpose.  This is yet another example of our propensity to alleviate symptoms for the sake of comfort, the result of not understanding how the body works, and why.  We value convenience over understanding.
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  9. Then it sounds as if we shouldn’t use Yu Ping Feng San if we already have a pathogen in the body, and that is true with certain qualifications.  The basic components of Yu Ping Feng San are Huang Qi (Astragalus root), Bai Zhu (Atractylodis rhyzome), and Fang Feng (Saposhnikosiva rhyzome).  Huang Qi tonifies wei qi and the immune system;  Bai Zhu strengthens the exterior and stops spontaneous sweating; and Fang Feng—the magical key that makes this formula exceptional—releases the exterior, thus preventing an exterior factor from being trapped in the body at a time when tonifiers are being used to strengthen our capacity to remove pathogens.  So treatment becomes somewhat of a balancing act, and this amazing formula can be used to resolve—in degree—our dilemma.  This is why, if you read the linked article by Dr. Chen in Part II, a modification of Yu Ping Feng San is the first formula listed in the article, and its purpose is to prevent the pathogen (flu) from entering the lungs, and causing pneumonia.  It’s being administered to people in the hospital who have already contracted corona or another virus—they’re already sick from a pathogen already in their body.  So, this is critical prevention, especially with a powerful pathogen, like COVID-19.  If pneumonia can be avoided, half the job of dealing with the pathogen is done.  The modified version of Yu Ping Feng San contains potent anti-virals, like Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle flower), which is the emperor herb in the formula Yin Qiao San, the premier Wind Heat formula you may have heard of or used.  So the sample formula being used in Chinese hospitals treating COVID-19 with traditional Chinese medicine (all of them now), is a clever approach to simultaneously beefing up the immune system and outcreating the wayward virus.  Does that make sense?  It’s a balancing act that must be orchestrated by skilled practitioners of the medicine.

All the remaining formulas in the Chen article, are addressing various stages of the invasion after the virus has made its way into deeper levels.  And, as you can see from reading the descriptions of the formulas, those stages don’t occur in the same way for all patients, as it travels deeper.  The patient is who and what is being treated, not just some pathogen.  The medicine is working for and in concert with the patient and the patient’s resources.  It’s all about us, not the pathogen.  And that’s the critical distinction that separates Oriental medicine from Western medicine.  Western medicine is so obsessed with killing pathogens that it forgets the true objective of protecting and strengthening the patient, and often ends up damaging or killing the patient in the process.  And then has no means of correcting the damage, once it’s done.
 

 
 

So, going back to Butch’s comment, “You just don’t want to get this virus!”, becomes the crux of the issue and the objective of Oriental medicine.  And it’s why coronavirus patients are responding so much more favorably now that traditional Chinese medicine is being mandated in their treatment.

Once the virus gets in the lungs, the treatment becomes much more challenging, especially when it occurs in older or weaker patients.  And that’s when a compromised patient can actually succumb to the pathogen and die.

I’m sure this may sound like Greek to many readers, but it’s Chinese, and it works very well.    If you’re willing to listen, I’ll do my best to make it all clear.

Let’s talk about what is the most reasonable approach for anyone who wishes to avoid the experience of having this virus invade their body—and, most importantly, how to quickly expel it before it goes to a deeper level.  Okay?
 


 
 
 

Those readers who were patients/clients at Future Medicine Now before I closed the clinic may recall an herbal product—a kit, really—which provided two liquid herbal concentrates, and instructions in their use, to expel either Wind Cold or Wind Heat.  It was called Flu-Free.  And while the formulas are quite potent, fast acting, and effective, the true keys to their effect are understanding, awareness, and immediate action.  If we can become educated in what signs and symptoms to watch for, if we can be aware enough of changes in our experience, then we can quickly take the appropriate formula—one of the two liquid concentrates—and, most often, promptly rid ourselves of the invasion.  All of those elements must be present and employed for success.

  1. We need to understand what we’re looking for.
  2. We need to be paying attention to subtle changes in our experience.
  3. We need to have the appropriate formulas on hand in order to act fast.
  4. And we need to immediately begin taking them, conscientiously, and continue until 24 hours after the presence of the pathogen is no longer making itself known.  Don’t just stop when you feel better.

We also need to change our daily behavior in ways that assist the process.  If we continue running around in our frantic life, we are squandering precious energy our body requires to repel the pathogen.  And we need to make sure it’s completely resolved before resuming whatever ‘frantic’ activities we feel are necessary.

Remember, too, sleep is a weapon—meaning, sleep, rest, and conserving one’s energy is a particularly advantageous form of behavior when we’re wanting to expel a pathogenic process from our body.  Even the most ingenious forms of medicine in the world must work at a disadvantage when we unwittingly make choices that work against them—choices like continuing to work or go to school when we know we’re sick or getting sick.  ¡Ojo!  Watching television or giving attention to one’s electronic devices is NOT rest.  In the Oriental model, it depletes Blood.  Rest means stopping activity, and closing one’s eyes.
 

 
 

Availability

Here’s my situation.  As a professional, I cannot dispense medicines to individuals who are not clients.  And having closed my clinic over three years ago, I am not taking on new clients.

I have urged readers to find a competent, practicing doctor of Oriental medicine, and enlist their services.  I’m aware that this may be an impossibility for some of you, and I regret that.  Others may have choices and experience the equally frustrating challenge of finding someone who’s up to the task.  As a form of guidance for you, I recently, came across the website of Dr. Anita Chen Marshall in Alameda, CA.  The reason I mention this is that she has an excellent website, which is not a big deal, but on that website she says all the right things:

  • It’s well-written and clearly describes what she’s proficient in and what she offers.
  • She holds doctorates in both Oriental medicine and Western pharmacology.  Needless to say, she’s proficient in Chinese herbal medicine, as well as the many other facets of the medicine, diet and lifestyle being right up there at the top.
  • In a lengthy list of search results, it’s obvious that she’s an articulate guest on health oriented media outlets.
  • And there are plenty of indications that she advances her education when she encounters something that would be beneficial to her clients, e.g., BIOSET.

I would confidently see Dr. Marshall if I needed attention in Alameda.  If you find another doctor’s website exhibiting some of these qualifications, you may have found what you’re looking for!  Make sure they’re using top quality, rigorously tested herbal products, i.e., Evergreen.

 

For those of you who have been clients at Future Medicine Now, administered to by either Sue or myself, I am willing to provide you with the products discussed below.  Please know that the infrastructure that supported Future Medicine Now no longer exists, and these items would be specially ordered and shipped.  This offer doesn’t represent the typical ‘have it by tomorrow’ speed of online retailers, so please bear with me.

The recommended formulas are professional grade products, and are available only from healthcare professionals licensed in their use.  Here’s what’s available:

Yu Ping Feng San, 100 grams powdered concentrate from our trusted supplier of twenty years—Evergreen.  At a modest dose of six grams per day, that’s just over sixteen days’ worth.  Typically, you might not need more than a couple of bottles.

 

The Flu-Free kit, which includes:

  • 2 ounce dropper bottle of a Wind Heat formula, composed of Yin Qiao San and Sang Ju Yin in a Kan Herbals product called Initial Defense.
  • 2 ounce dropper bottle of a Wind Cold formula, composed of Jing Fang Bai Du San in a Kan Herbals product called Dispel Invasion.
  • Both are concentrated extracts (not tinctures) using both alcohol and water extraction, and a two ounce bottle is a decent supply.
  • Detailed directions and guidance for differential diagnosis and administration, are discussed in the PDF below.
  • Not for prophylactic use.  Use only at the first sign of a pathogenic invasion.

Click here for a PDF of this vintage (circa 1997) Flu-Free! flyer with important information and ingredient lists.  This link may be opened as a browser page, or as a file for printing.  And some lines from this single fold brochure are worth reprinting right here:
 

Oriental medicine teaches that wind invasions should be treated immediately upon recognition and completely expelled from the body. There are two reasons for this:

  1. Unresolved wind invasions which manifest as flu, and which are not properly expelled will linger in the body as “Latent Heat”, which eventually emerges as more serious disease.
  2. Secondly, Wind-Heat symptoms may also be the initial stages of diseases more serious than flu. Measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, acute nephritis, scarlet fever and meningitis all begin with Wind-Heat. Wiping out such disorders at the Wind-Heat stage is far more efficient than dealing with the full blown disease.

 

For prices, and to order, please reply to the email that sent you to this page.

More details may be found on this page on the old FMN site.  It’s not mobile phone friendly.

For myself, I wouldn’t anticipate needing much more than this, even if I contracted something.  But individual needs will vary.  And I can’t help you beyond this.  If you contracted a virus, you would be wise to get a diagnosis and treatment from someone whom you can see face to face, representing whatever medical system to which you have access and trust—even if you’re able to kick it with Flu-Free.

 

 

Afterword

This week I read an article from Caroline Chen, a native of Hong Kong, who’s now on Pro Publica’s coronavirus  press team.  She lived through the SARS epidemic as a teenager, reported on Ebola, and now at the age of twenty-nine is trying to deal with her own confusion about COVID-19 as she reports on the epidemic.  Near the end she admits, “That said, given my personal medical history and tendency to get bronchitis, I would really prefer not to get infected.” (emphasis mine).  I would hope that after having read this three part series, you are now able to look at that simple admission and glean quite a bit of information that may not be obvious to her.

  • If she has a tendency to get bronchitis, she most definitely has compromised immunity.  She not only gets frequent colds or flu—it goes straight into her lungs when she does!  In this culture, this healthcare system, that also means she has had multiple courses of antibiotics.  Antibiotics in their physician’s desk reference (PDR) entry are accompanied by a warning that begins, “This drug is an immunosuppressant…”—great choice for someone who continually gets sick, don’t you think?
  • It appears that she has no knowledge or understanding of the traditional medicine of her native homeland.  Or if she does, she doesn’t want to bring it up in her profession.  A legitimate concern—she’d be laughed right out of her job.
  • She, like all the officials and healthcare professionals she has interviewed are in mass confusion.  There are no anchors in sight.
  • Ms. Chen’s age is pretty much her only asset in this circumstance.

I sincerely trust that you, on the other hand, have the information you need to act with intelligence and confidence.  If you follow what you’ve learned here and implement it as directed, it will then become part of your life experience, personally verified and ascertained by you.

Relax, use your head, and enjoy the journey!  It’s a privilege to be alive in these times.

“Ten Ways to Good Health”—in Chinese

 

 

 
 

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Part III

  1. Thanks Larry.

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