Are medical studies into herbal medicines important?
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a threat to the health of over a hundred million people worldwide. As the battle against it rages on, misinformation is still running rife, and many modern “miracle cures” become commonplace.
What is Adjuvant therapy?: It is a treatment that is administered along with the primary (initial) treatment.
Some symptomatic adjuvant therapies have been studied scientifically (Kunisato number 35 or Japanese Blueberry leaf) … and there are many more that have not.
We will come to the health benefits of Kunisato Number 35 (Japanese blueberry leaf) later.
Sifting through the false claims can be difficult, but we now see what does and doesn’t work against the virus.
Here are some questions you may be asking yourself about defending against COVID-19.
Should I Boost My Immune System?
The idea of an immune system in many people’s minds is that of an internal army which fights off virus and disease. The reality of our immune system is much more complicated. Here is a great high school biology lesson to remind you.
What many of us are referring to when talking about the immune system is often the immune response. This is from our internal adaptive immune system and produces the symptoms we often mistake to originate from the illness itself.
EDOBIO – Their teas include the Japanese blueberry leaf … Kunisato Number 35 … proven to be an effective suppressant against the viruses which cause T-cell leukemia and hepatitis C in adults
A fever, for example, is often your body trying to sweat out a virus. A runny nose is an attempt to evacuate the pathogens.
Boosting your immune response would only increase the severity of these symptoms and would presumably be messy and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, we cannot affect our immune response through diet or pills unless we’re already deficient in specific nutrients.
Most multivitamins are unnecessary for those without specific dietary restrictions (source).
So if you’re wondering whether you should buy expensive multivitamins, first expand the nutrient variety in your diet. But don’t expect a higher intake of vitamins to affect your chance of escaping COVID-19.
Can Adjuvant Symptomatic Therapies Help?
If you’ve done your research into proven ways of fighting COVID-19, you may have come across the term adjuvant therapy. This is a type of treatment given in addition to primary therapy to maximize its effectiveness.
With a novel pathogen such as COVID-19, the only primary treatment available is from the immune response. However, symptomatic adjuvant therapy from some common herbal remedies (herbal teas for eample) can make the recovery process more comfortable and effective.
Japanese skincare brand EDOBIO may not be known for its tea, but that may change soon. Their teas include the Japanese blueberry leaf, which they’ve branded as Kunisato Number 35, and has numerous benefits. It’s proven to be an effective suppressant against the viruses which cause T-cell leukemia and hepatitis C in adults.
This was discovered by Professor Kazuhiro Morishita, who works at the University of Miyazaki as a Faculty of Medicine. You can read his published research articles here for more information.
This same leaf has recently shown its efficacy as a therapeutic drug against COVID-19. The testing of ten sonicated samples extracted from the stem and leaf showed a 99.9% effectiveness at suppressing infectivity.
Proven health benefits of Blueberry leaf tea include the amount of Vitamin K, Fiber, Vitamin C, Manganese and Potassium.
Gwyneth Paltrow clouds the debate
Hollywood celebrity Paltrow sells new-age supplements on her website ‘Goop’. Many of these supplements are not scientifically proven (though many supplements are not scientifically proven but do indeed help).
She was infected with CV-19 and had “long-tail fatigue and brain fog”. Paltrow started a keto and plant-based regime. She also fasted until 11 am. She ate large amounts of Kombucha and Kimchi.
“I’m doing an infrared sauna as often as I can, all in service of healing.” She said on her blog.
The Hollywood star said that: “I’ve been doing major research and finding some great stuff to support what I’m doing“. She did not cite sources, however, so, let the medical experts guide you, not celebrities.
Does Social Distancing Work?
A term that almost goes against our communal nature, social distancing has become a commonplace phrase intrinsically related to COVID-19. As the virus is transmitted via skin contact or expelled during a cough or sneeze, it makes sense that distance helps.
Social distancing also incorporates more extensive hygiene practices. This includes more frequently washing hands, cleaning and avoiding contact with commonly touched surfaces, and minimizing physical contact with others.
Through social distancing on public transport and in the workplace, countries like New Zealand have almost neutralized community transmission. Other countries which implemented similar techniques, later on, were able to “flatten the curve” and quickly gain the upper hand over the virus.
Contact tracing has also proven to be a necessary tool in connecting the dots when cases come up.
While social distancing is difficult, it may be our best bet at beating the virus.
Do I Need to Wear a Mask?
For many Western countries, seeing someone wearing a surgical mask outside of a hospital was daunting. Masks have become so common that some people are even wearing them as a fashion statement. The effectiveness of masks is in their ability to stop the transferral of the virus from coughs and sneezes.
Although there are many different (sometimes dubious) materials being used, many governments have encouraged their people to make their own.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember about wearing a mask is that there is a time and a place. They’re only necessary when we are around people outside of our bubble or around those suspected of having the virus.
It’s also important to remember to consistently wash or dispose of them as they lose their effectiveness with each use (source).
Wearing and maintaining masks correctly made of effective materials when around strangers can greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Should I Get Vaccinated?
Perhaps one of the most controversial questions to come up during this pandemic. Thanks to the accessibility of social media, misinformation and conspiracy have spread faster than the virus.
An anti-vaccination (or Anti-Vaxx) subculture has grown from a mostly understandable distrust in governments that poorly handled the virus’s early stages.
Anti-Vaxx culture has been around since the early 1900s and stems from a direct misunderstanding of how vaccinations function. Many anti-vaxxers are themselves vaccinated from many diseases and are risking their children’s lives more than their own.
A major concern for many people is the speed at which vaccines are produced. Vaccine trials usually take 10-15 years and include a range of rigorous tests to prove their safety (source).
COVID-19 vaccines began being produced within a year of the virus’ initial public appearance. Although what is often forgotten here is that we have seen an unprecedented level of cooperation in the medical world. We’ve also never had such adept scientific leaders working together with such advanced technology.
Depending on your age and health, you may need to wait some time to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Frontline workers and at-risk people will be the first to receive it, followed by the rest of the community. Once enough of a population is vaccinated, the virus will not be able to spread effectively and should die out (source).
Any good news?
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a steep learning curve for most people and has permanently changed “normal” life.
If we work together and combine the above techniques, we will overcome this virus and be better for it.