Remote Herb Consults
We are offering Chinese herb consults through teleconference for the treatment of viral and bacterial infection, including COVID-19.
We have access to information from TCM doctors in China who have been using specific herbal formulas to treat COVID-19. Many TCM doctors have played a pivotal role in directly treating the outbreaks in communities to prevent people from the need for hospitalization.
Herb Consult Hours:
Monday 11am - 2pm (Kate)
Tuesday 11am - 2pm (Kate)
Wednesday 11am - 2pm (Darcy)
Thursday 11am - 2pm (Darcy)
Emergency consults are available Friday through Sunday for patients who have a sudden onset of symptoms. If you are interested in scheduling an herbal consult, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call and schedule with front desk.
Remote Herb Consult FAQ regarding COVID-19:
What are the herb consults for?
We are offering herb consults for both the prevention and treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms or other viral infections. As early symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of the common cold and flu, we are encouraging people with these types of symptoms to use herbal formulas in catching and reducing effects of potential COVID-19 infection. Please view the following articles on our Blog for more information: "Chinese Herbs and the Treatment of COVID-19": Part 1 , Part 2, and Part 3.
NOTE: If you are having viral symptoms, we encourage you to schedule at the earliest possible time. Catching symptoms early is the key to successful prevention of more serious symptoms as the virus progresses.
Can I schedule a consult to help with prevention of COVID-19, even if I don't have symptoms?
YES! The best time to treat is always BEFORE symptoms occur. In China they have made widespread use of Chinese formulas in hospitals to prevent medical faculty from getting infected with SARS and COVID-19. Clinical studies have revealed this to be a potential effective prevention strategy. For example, this study during the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong in 2003 looked at 16,437 workers in 11 hospitals, including nurses and doctors, and was composed of 1063 in the herb group, and 15,374 in the non-herb group. Of those in the herb group, zero became infected and of those in the non-herb group, 64 became infected, or 0.4%.
You can also listen to this interview with a TCM doctor in Wuhan, discussing both herbs used for patients diagnosed with COVID--19 within local communities and hospitals, and specific formulas used to prevent infection in hospital personnel. In the interview, the doctor states that he believes herbal medicine to be superior to Western medicine in the early to moderate stages of COVID-19 infection.
In the herb consult, we will gather any information that helps us figure out how to best support your constitution, and then combine your constitutional formula with herbs that actively prevent COVID-19 infection.
What can I expect during an herb consult?
Consults are 45 to 60 minutes for an initial new patient consult, and 30 minutes for all return patient consults. The consults include two follow up emails in case symptoms change, requiring a change in formula. We will ask questions about your symptoms, including current lifestyle, diet and relevant health history. Expect that we will ask you to text or email us a picture your tongue! The tongue can provide valuable diagnostic information.
NOTE: Please do not brush your tongue the day of the consult, and make sure you are in a room with adequate light, especially daylight.
How do I receive my herbs?
A friend or family member can pick them up directly from our herbal apothecary. Alternatively, we have installed a lock box outside the front entrance of Denver Community Acupuncture. There is a combination code which we will provide for you through email. Your herbs will be inside a bag with your name clearly printed on the outside. If you live far away, we can have herbs drop shipped directly to your home through online Chinese herbal pharmacies.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.