SEDONA SUMMER SOLSTICE UPDATE
June 21, 2020
I’m writing you on the longest day of the year; the heat is on, but unfortunately the COVID virus is too. Arizona is seeing its highest number of cases ever. Although there is much ongoing medical research, we still don’t know much about this novel virus. There is no scientific indication Covid-19 will disappear of its own accord. There is no guarantee of an effective vaccination and, even if we find one, it may only give short-term protection. And speeding a vaccination into production carries its own risks. It appears the virus may be mutating into a more contagious, but less virulent form. That means many of us may contract it, but not be so sick as to have to go to the hospital.
It is very important to do everything we can to protect ourselves and our most vulnerable members of the community. Due to many of us not utilizing air travel, Sedona is seeing even more summer tourist activity than usual. Many of these people seem to feel vacation means no concerns about spreading the virus, and thus do not practice physical distancing or wear a face cover in close quarters. So it is up to us.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this coronavirus is considered to be a “damp-toxin pestilence,” according to the characteristics of the symptoms and syndromes.
The pathological nature mainly shows dampness, heat, toxin, deficiency, and blood stasis. COVID-19 can be divided into 5 phases as mild, moderate, severe, critical stage, and a recovery stage,
A wide range of herbal products are available at our clinic to strengthen immunity, as well as to treat the various stages. Herbal medicines have shown great success in both China and Italy, and are currently being studied at UCLA in California. At present, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine for COVID-19, while it continues to spread deeper into Arizona communities. Global data on COVID-19 shows that older adults, especially for those with pre-existing health conditions, are at high-risk.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been widely applied (91.5% of total cases) in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 patients in China. Preliminary results have shown that for patients with mild conditions, usage of TCM alone was sufficient to reduce fever, symptoms and viral loads to the extent that 90% of patients did not progress to severe stages and could soon be deemed as “recovered.” Perhaps due to the spread of TCM’s COVID-19 success stories in China, recently, the demand for Chinese herbs has surged in the United States, leading to shortages. We are doing our best to keep everything in stock, should the need arise for you or your family.
Acupuncture can also be helpful to strengthen immunity, and for the anxiety and stress that arises with these times. Evan the National Institute of health is studying it: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5902264/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3689180/
Sedona Acupuncture continues to stay open, using all the precautions available. We will continue to operate under the assumption that all patients and staff are potentially infected, but asymptomatic. I ask you not to come if you have obvious signs, like a fever or dry cough. There will be no one in the waiting room; clients will go straight into the treatment room. Before that, everyone’s temperature will be taken with a contactless thermometer, and your pulse oxygen will be measured. Everyone must wear a mask. If you don’t have one, one will be provided. We will all wash hands or use the provided 80%+ alcohol hand sanitizer when you arrive.
Before and after your session, all touch surfaces, including the table, will be wiped down with anti-viral wipes. We will change sheets and pillowcases after every session. As much as possible, we will be opening and closing doors for clients to reduce contact. We will be booking patients with 15-30 minute gaps in-between, to allow for cleaning and for the HEPA filtration system to purify the air.
If you’re under age 55, obesity is the #1 risk factor, followed closely by high blood pressure and high blood sugar, all preventable conditions. So, eating the right diet, getting physical activity, and managing stress are some of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from the disease. One of the best things we can do for our aging parents is to get them out into the fresh air, while maintaining physical (not social) distancing. Being in the outside environment dissipates viral aerosols very quickly. Of all the outbreaks that happened in Wuhan, China – where people got together with one infected individual and then transmission occurred — all but one of them occurred inside.
Finally, I repeat the suggestions I wrote in my April email:
- Minimize intake of sugar, dairy, and wheat.
- Minimize foods and drinks that are cold in temperature (iced drinks, ice cream, smoothies, etc.) or cold in energy (salads, fruits, etc.).
- Avoid foods to which you have an allergy or sensitivity.
- Emphasize cooked, easy to digest, and hydrating meals such as soups, stews, and warm breakfasts (oatmeal and other porridges).
- Stop short of eating before you are completely full; chew your food thoroughly.
- Engage in gentle physical activity. Rebounding on a small trampoline is especially beneficial because it promotes lymph circulation. Lymph stagnation and damp accumulation form a vicious cycle in which damp accumulation causes lymph stagnation and lymph stagnation causes damp accumulation. I do it every morning.
- Use a sauna or participate in an activity that induces copious sweat (for example hot yoga) when it is sanitary. Jennifer’s Sedona Hot Yoga is doing a great job of hygiene and physical distancing. Even a walk in the summer sun is helpful.
- Dry brush your skin with a loofa or synthetic sponge daily. I do it in the shower before I turn on the water. Start from your extremities massaging toward the heart. Finish your shower with a cold rinse for as long as you can stand it.
Wear a facial covering when you are in close quarters. Yes, I know it’s a drag and doesn’t give complete protection, but it helps!
- Dampness in TCM is related to the Earth Element. The emotional imbalance in that Element is worry and obsessive thinking. Don’t worry, be happy! Get off of the latest news every once in a while and take a walk!
To bolster your immunity and manage stress and anxiety, call 928-204-0595 to book your session. I look forward to connecting with you again.
The summer solstice symbolizes the return/ascension to the Great Father Spirit. It is a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, and a return to wholeness. Happy Summer Solstice to us all.