And anyone else who perceives an opportunity to pick up the ball and run.
You know who you are. Together we danced for however long, until one day, in late 2016, I suddenly ‘caught’ the reality that explicitly following the sole trajectory of one’s own path is the ultimate seva. And, with that recognition, I closed the clinic doors. I know without question that this choice served soul’s majestic journey, not only for myself, but for each one of you as well. I’m sure many of you recognized that long ago.
Nonetheless, we’re all still dancing, endless strains still playing.
Right now, I want to share some things that might be useful sometime down the road with one foot still on the ground.
In learning to live with affronts to the human vessel, like CoV-2, I imagine many of you have come to suspect that you’re asymptomatic carriers of the virus. I believe there are a lot of us. I also believe we must use caution, rather than shrugging off myriad unknown implications of that likelihood, as a huge number of Americans are doing. It’s great to have earned the privilege of having that experience. But it’s best to keep a healthy respect for the potency of this, or any virus. These viruses are as slippery, cagey, and nefarious as Time, itself. And it’s unlikely that it’s not having effects—recognized or not. Chinese medicine is well aware of this scenario—anytime a pathogenic factor is held in latency, a price is paid now or later.
Your journey is yours alone, and I’m sure you’re being guided perfectly. Without sounding like a broken record, though, I’d still like to encourage you to have included a health care provider who is boldly practicing Chinese medicine to its fullest. It’s an insurance that has proven itself for millennia—through wars, famine, civil strife, epidemics, pandemics, and clear skies—and still excels today.
I say ‘boldly’, because many practitioners in the West are not practicing the whole of Chinese medicine, and many others are not confident in providing what the medicine itself truly has to offer. To dispel the notion that I’m putting myself on a pedestal, I’m happy to honestly admit I’ve learned more about the potency of Chinese medicine in the past four years than I did in the prior twenty-four. It’s been a wonderful, wild ride, and I’ve benefited from having an aging body with a high pain threshold to practice on. We never have it all. That’s why we’re still practicing.
Given all this, here are three modalities you should at least know about. The first and the last, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting your hands on, if or when you need them. I can help if you’ve been a client at Future Medicine Now.
The first appeared at the end of a truly exciting moment this year, when Dr. John Chen gave a remarkable three hour presentation covering:
- The fascinating Western physiology of SARS CoV-2 in human lungs;
- What Western medicine offers for treatment (nothing);
- What Chinese medicine offers for treatment (18 distinct formulas, each for treating specific stages of progression and regression the CoV-2 patient may go through);
- A condensed view of Shang Han Lun theory;
- And the formula which became the most favored, comprehensive herbal formula in China during the pandemic—a brilliant combination of four Shang Han Lun formulas. The classic, 伤寒论 Shang Han Lun (Discussion of Cold-Induced Disorders), written by 张仲景 Zhāng Zhòng-Jĭng, 150-219 CE was China’s first book on a particular theory or tradition, following the foundational Nei Jing and Nan Jing, written in the Warring States period (475-221 BCE).
Be aware, Dr. Chen’s presentation at the link provided is addressed to professionals, but if you’re willing to sit through the first half of it, you’ll come out with a clear impression of much that has not yet been clear. Oh, you’ll get lost at times, and the head will be spinning because you couldn’t follow his last three statements, but if you hang in there, I think you’ll be glad you did. I really encourage you to watch the first half! You’ll pick up far more than what’s suggested in the above list.
I know. That probably doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But consider this. Shang Han Lun is filled with classical formulas known and used by any practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine today—the best formulas of their kind. Shang Han Lun had such an impact that, even though it’s focus was exclusively on herbal medicine, the brilliance of its six level channel differentiation compelled acupuncturists to refine and broaden their diagnoses and treatment plans to align with six level differentiation. That level of perception remains one of the most prominent and successful treatment theories in both Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture today.
Qing Fei Bai Du Tang, 清肺排毒汤 (Clear the Lung and Eliminate Toxins Decoction), the favored formula in the treatment of CoV-2 in China this year is a blend of four of these formulas, each simultaneously working on different levels of the pathogen’s manifestation. This became a necessity of pandemic realities, when the overwhelming number of patients precluded Chinese medicine’s typical differentiation of syndromes for each individual. It simply was not an option. For me, however, the real showstopper of this formula’s brilliance is that not one of the four formulas it’s based on is designed to ‘kill’ virus—astounding!
The hitch, for American doctors of Oriental medicine, is that two of the formulas within Qing Fei Bai Du Tang contain absolutely crucial Chinese herbs, which happen to be banned from use in this country (and many other Western and European nations). I won’t get into the details, but Ma Huang and Xi Xin are banned for very poor reasons—ludicrous to a legitimate doctor of Oriental medicine, and poorer yet because pharmaceutical drugs are not subject to the same reasoning. Imagine that.
And here is where Dr. Chen’s presentation reaches its zenith. Revealed at the end of the first half, we discover that the FDA will, under certain conditions and qualifications allow these substances to be sold in formula decoctions only, and only to licensed practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine. At the very end of the three hour lecture, he dropped the name of one such supplier, the pronunciation of which I couldn’t catch. But after some diligence online, I found the supplier, and there, to my disbelieving eyes was Qing Fei Bai Du Tang, the very successful formula China’s government has been using for treatment of the virus—intact with all required (and otherwise banned) ingredients. And a price to match.
Kamwo Herbs in New York, is the supplier, and, if you need some, you’ll have to go through a licensed practitioner who is certified by Kamwo. What they sell is twelve doses (two per day) of individually vacuum sealed packets of liquid decoction and fast shipping. For $150-160. That’s dirt cheap for someone who’s symptomatic and wants to come out the other side quickly, walking in the sunshine of better health.
Without getting into my personal story, I’ve been through a course of Kamwo’s decoction at only one dose per day, and it would be my go-to formula for treating full-on respiratory symptomatology of CoV-2. It’s very strong, capable, and effective. Two courses might be needed if one’s base health were already compromised. My own experience convincingly revealed just how broad and profound is the formula’s effect.
Meanwhile, from opposite corners of the medical universe, is a set of closely related treatments straight from twenty-first century Western alternative medicine practitioners relying on outside-the-box oxidative therapies—primarily, precisely measured medical grade ozone (O3/O2) and/or hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)—for clinical success in a wide range of circumstances. Both of these are potent treatments—powerful and broad enough in their effects that they can almost be viewed as approaching the definition of panacea. Almost.
First of all, needless to say, they don’t treat everything. What they do treat is an amazing range of seemingly unrelated disorders. Their clinical drawback, from my vantage point, is that they are used in the absence of a medical paradigm like Chinese medicine, which understands all its substances and physical modalities used in the context of their energetic qualities. This wealth of understanding makes medical choices very precise and in alignment with principles of the paradigm. O3/O2 and H2O2 are used without this knowledge base and understanding—a distinct clinical disadvantage. Yet their potency goes a long way toward at least temporarily utilizing them in spite of this blind spot—with eyes wide open.
Ozone is most certainly being used in China, increasingly in the last twenty years. The studies I’ve been able to access so far have been performed and written, however, from a Western vantage point, without the benefit of the ancient medical wisdom. This is especially important with respect to long term outcomes.
Given these reservations, I nonetheless use a lot of ozone in many differing applications. My sense of it is that it is cooling and drying. It certainly boosts Qi, resolves a comprehensive array of pain syndromes, and everyone using it agrees that it strongly destroys ALL bacteria, virus, and fungus when in direct contact with those pathogens. That includes MRSA, Ebola, any known virus, and sepsis—all the most otherwise formidable pathogenic factors that kill very large numbers of human beings. Having said that, the key qualifier is “when in direct contact”. The challenge, then, becomes getting it where it needs to go.
Big name practitioners using ozone focus on indirect IV administration, meaning blood is withdrawn from the client, bathed with ozone, then re-infused back into the vein. This is time consuming using traditional methodology, but advanced devices to automate this process in a safe fashion accommodate relatively rapid repetition of the procedure—as much as ten or more times in a single treatment, yielding almost total blood saturation with a specified dosage of ozone. These devices are very expensive, and somewhat negate ozone’s previously touted benefits of being inexpensive and easily available. A further limitation is the requirement of good, accessible veins and/or the eventual deterioration of good veins.
Given adequate finances and good veins, ozone is pretty spectacular, and still cheaper and much more effective than pharmaceutical or surgical alternatives—with relatively few restrictions, and no lasting side effects. The sole reason it’s not part of the national conversation is that there’s no money in it—BIG money, as there is in say, vaccines.
Advanced and precise injection techniques, too, are a perfect vehicle for the administration of ozone, in a wide variety of applications: trigger point injections, prolotherapy, neural therapy, and yes, even ‘wet’ acupuncture, performed with a hypodermic needle, rather than solid acupuncture needles.
Ozone’s major limitation as a healing substance is its toxicity in the lungs. Here’s where hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) comes in.
A very inexpensive, easily available protocol from the oxidative medicine guys is nebulized, very low dose H2O2. 2-4mL of the solution is placed in a nebulizer (about $70), which produces an extremely fine mist breathed into the lungs via a silicone mask until it has all been inhaled (10-15 minutes). Like ozone, H2O2 kills all known pathogenic factors, and it consistently and reliably does the job. I’ve used this system often enough to be comfortable recommending it—with the same caveat as expressed regarding ozone. We don’t know, for instance, its energetic temperature.
If, in fact, these oxidative substances are cooling, then I have reservations about their universal use. The lungs don’t like cool or cold—or dampness, for that matter. The combination makes me nervous. I’m unaware of complications in the use of this modality, but keep in mind, those using it aren’t trained and observing the kinds of ‘side effects’ that might arise from its administration, if, indeed, its nature does coincide with my personal perception of using it.
Nonetheless, I’d have no reservation whatsoever, if the alternative was hospitalization and ventilation. A device which internally administers oxygen to the lungs may sound pretty good. The long term reality is not so pretty. Western medicine has no choice but to turn a blind eye to the fact that they’re pushing oxygen into lungs already clogged and filled with phlegm-like substances, rendering the well-intended oxygen relatively useless. Not only can ventilators be physically damaging to the patient, but Western medicine has virtually nothing to get rid of the phlegm—and that’s what kills most of those who succumb to CoV-2. If someone survives this treatment, they are then candidates for chronic effects from not just the virus, but the ventilator itself. To me, the use of mechanical ventilators in a world where Chinese medicine exists, is an unacceptable risk to a healthy life.
The only real obstacle to self-administration of nebulized H2O2 is correctly making the solution. Based on what early pioneers of this modality are using (Frank Shallenberger, David Brownstein), I’ve settled on 0.07% dilution, starting from food-grade, 35% H2O2 only. Drugstore 3% hydrogen peroxide contains unwanted additives as preservatives. You don’t want these chemicals in your lungs! Food-grade, 35% peroxide is available online. This is a very potent substance which will quickly burn living tissue, and must be handled with extreme care. Oxidative substances like ozone and hydrogen peroxide are successfully therapeutic only at very specific, narrow ranges. Too little won’t accomplish the task; too much is toxic.
Unsurprisingly, in this time when humanity is increasingly losing its grip on… humanity, the greed merchants are having a field day, and newcomers are appearing out of nowhere, jacking up profits on H2O2 to obscene levels. For years I have sourced our peroxide needs from Guardian of Eden’s 35%, food-grade H2O2 by the gallon—two, in fact—for household and medical needs. Negotiating their website is reminiscent of reading a Dr. Bronner’s label, and Lord knows what you’ll encounter there now, but I would recommend starting there to acquire what you need. Buying two gallons is a significant savings over buying one, and once you have it in hand, you can dilute small amounts appropriately and replace the Clorox and other heinous substances under your sink while you’re at it. Take them to hazardous waste, where they belong.
The favored nebulizer (used by the pharmaceutical industry to administer drugs) seems to be the PARI Trek S, a desktop model with more horsepower (read, more effective) than the battery powered models. The basic unit is all you need, but I’d recommend picking up a face mask for it so that both nose and mouth are covered. The unit comes with a mouthpiece only, and you’ll want the mist going through the sinuses as well as the lungs. Know that this method of administration of H2O2 has a systemic effect beyond the lungs themselves, and that’s a good thing, whether you notice or not.
Conventional manufacturers of medical accessories for the treatment of respiratory illness seem content to use cheap plastic tubing, whose toxic fumes will also be entering the fragile and only lungs you have. I’d go the extra mile and buy a length of silicone tubing to replace the one that comes with the unit. Make it as long as is convenient for you, but not too long. By-the-foot tubing can be found online, and on eBay. 5⁄16 inch outside diameter, 3⁄16 inside will fit. One supplier who has competitive prices on tubing by the foot wanted to charge me $39 for shipping on 20’ of tubing—it’s a jungle out there. PARI’s mask is largely composed of silicone.
Now, for the solution. You’ll want to dilute the 35% H2O2 to 0.07%. Use stainless and glass utensils for the task. Start with 1⁄4 teaspoon peroxide into a four cup glass measuring cup with ounce markings. Add 20 ounces of pure, filtered or distilled water. No need to stir—the action of pouring in the water and the activity of H2O2 will stir itself! Before putting the diluted solution in a clean glass bottle, preferably dark amber, there’s one more step. Normal saline (0.9% salt water) is what you want in your lungs rather than a solution that is largely pure water. So, add one (1) teaspoon sea salt without anti-clumping additives, and let it dissolve in the cup. Celtic sea salt would be a good choice.
You’re now ready to decant. The solution should be good in the refrigerator for a year. Store your 35% peroxide in a dark, cool closet. I’d set it in a plastic tray to contain any unforeseen accident that might eat a hole in your floor or spoil your Pradas.
Bon voyage, my friends!
Excuse me! I didn’t spend any time on frequency of using the nebulizer, if it comes to that. Needless to say, that’s important.
Shallenberger recommends beginning with 2-3 sessions per day, but stresses that you may do it more often if necessary. He refers to a session as 30-60 minutes. In the setup I describe above, that length of time would require refilling the nebulizer chamber with peroxide to administer it that long.
In his experience, most cases should resolve within 2-4 days, and show marked improvement much sooner than that.
Joseph Mercola offers another look at nebulizer administration of H2O2, if you’re interested.
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