Naturopathic medicine has many therapies for the ‘cytokine release syndrome’ or ‘cytokine storm’ driving the respiratory failure mentioned in our Microbes and the Terrain article. The release of these immunological molecules is the aberrant immunity on overdrive (again, related to the toxicants, but classical medicine rarely considers this). Autoimmunity, or self-directed immune assaults, didn’t exist prior to the plethora of dietary and allopathic assaults on the normal functioning immune system1. Cytokine storms are associated with autoimmunity and after reviewing hundreds of patients’ labs, we can verify that autoimmunity is an incredibly under-diagnosed phenomenon. Any concerned patient, elderly or immunocompromised person can protect oneself by avoiding all that would resonate with a virulent pest: dirty hands, sugar, junk food, excessive carbohydrates and toxicants. Likewise, high fiber diets, lots of vegetables, lots of microbial immune support – as in my previous post. Finally, meditation, including centered, grounded, positive thinking prevents inflammatory responses, stress hormones and beneficial impacts on immunity2. In addition, naturopathic supports for cytokine storms can be employed. The following is a list of natural agents that modulate the release of cytokines. As most natural agents have a broad range of actions, many also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects, as well. Again, see the previous post for those that are also antiviral. I suggest focusing on the items that are on both lists, but switch your focus to this list if COVID-19-like symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever) begin. This is an attempt to help you avoid the need for a hospital visit, should you be at risk for lung involvement given the predicted shortage of ventilators needed to support such patients. Of course, this is not a suggestion for you to not proceed to the hospital should your breathing become labored or severely compromised. Also watch for our imminent article on homeopathic support for these common Coronavirus-19 symptoms.
Natural Supports to Mitigate Cytokine Release Syndrome:
- Andrographis Complex* 2 caps, twice a day
- Ultra Pure Fish oil 3000mg, three times a day
- Liposomal Curcumin 1 tsp, three times a day
- Meriva 2 caps, three times a day
- Vitamin C 2000mg, every 2-4 hours
- Astragalus 2 caps, three times a day
- Reishi (Ganoderma) 2 caps, three times a day
- Coriolus 2 caps, three times a day
- Resveratrol 2 caps, three times a day Also in red wine, but need a litre for a good dose!
- Melatonin 20mg at bedtime
- Cabbage 8-10 oz. of homemade fresh, organic juice!
- Green Tea (ECGCs) 1100mg, twice a day
- Artemisinin 1-2 caps, three times a day (avoid in anemia)
- Broad Spectrum CBD (CW Hemp MAX)**