New COVID-19 Cases in Malaysia: How TCM Can Help with Reinfection and Recovery
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COVID-19 cases in Malaysia are increasing, coinciding with recent Lunar New Year celebrations. Here’s how to protect yourself from reinfection.
With life returning to normal, the likelihood of the resurgence
Even if you’ve suffered from COVID-19 before, there’s no surety that you won’t be reinfected. Thankfully, we are now more knowledgeable about the virus and how symptoms can be treated. Read on to learn how to prevent reinfections using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and how to recover with natural remedies.
How to Strengthen Immunity and Prevent Reinfection
Medical research has shown that while people who recover from COVID-19 have some immunity against reinfection of the same virus strain, it is unclear how long this can last. You can also get reinfected with a different COVID-19 strain, even after vaccination against an older strain.
You can take steps to increase your immunity. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Avoid unhealthy habits like smoking and binge drinking and ensure you get your daily Vitamin C, D and B complex requirements. These boost the immune system and are readily available as
Increase Your Immunity the TCM Way
The key to fighting infection lies in a robust immune system. Physician Luke Yau Wai says the severity of COVID-19 depends on your body constitution and if the symptoms of
To prevent reinfection or severe symptoms, TCM recommends that you strengthen your immune system.
In TCM, qi or a person’s energy flow plays a huge role in their overall well-being, including the state of their immunity. The more imbalanced your qi is, the sicker you can get.
To nourish qi, consume herbs like lingzhi (灵芝), which can replenish qi and stimulate the immune system. Other herbs that may do wonders for qi are American ginseng (xi yang shen, 西洋参), Astragalus root (huang qi, 黃芪), Codonopsis root (dang shen, 党参) and Chinese yam (shan yao, 山药).
Another way to strengthen your immunity is to perform acupressure on specific points at home. Massage the following acupoints using your fingers or a blunt object like a massage stick:
- He gu (LI4, 合谷): Dispels residual Wind, Fire, Dampness, and blood clots
- Zu san li (ST36, 足三里): Dissipates residual Dampness, regenerates qi
- San yin jiao (SP6, 三阴交): Dispels Dampness and regenerates yin
Practice COVID-19 precautions
Apart from measures to strengthen your body from within, you can stay safe by:
- Being cautious and staying away from crowded places
- Wearing a mask if you must venture into public areas
- Maintaining social distance
- Keeping updated with your vaccination schedule: If you haven’t been vaccinated, it is time to get the jab. While it may not stop you from getting reinfected, it can curtail illness severity
- Washing and sanitising your hands frequently
- Avoiding touching your face
Elderly folk might dislike it, but taking these precautions is particularly important because they usually face the brunt of the virus. Persuade your parents to get vaccinated if they haven’t already and convince them to wear a mask in public and crowded spaces.
Treat Reinfection of COVID-19 Cases in Malaysia with Traditional Remedies
Even if you’ve been vaccinated, don’t assume you won’t be reinfected. Get yourself tested if you suffer symptoms and isolate yourself immediately from the rest of your family. Here are some TCM ways to treat symptoms.
Physician Luke has seen several patients suffer from symptoms of a repeat COVID infection. While he emphasises boosting your body’s immunity to prevent disease, he’s adept at treating patients with TCM remedies.
For symptoms of cold and fever, he recommends using
Try not to stress over the expected rise in COVID cases in Malaysia. Indulge in some TLC, healthy lifestyle choices and herbal remedies to maintain good health and prevent COVID-19 reinfection. Speak to a qualified TCM physician before trying any herbal remedies to avoid contraindications.
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