Traditional Chinese Medicine Preventive Strategy Compiled by Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine to Fight against the COVID-19 Worldwide
At present, the pneumonia epidemic caused by the COVID-19 has become a global “pandemic”. People around the world should work together, fight against this epidemic, and build a community of shared destiny for human health. In China, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been actively involved in preventing and treating the novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP), which has played a unique role in the treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation. In the fight against the NCP, we summed up several effective, but easy-to-learn prevention methods, such as acupressure, moxibustion, intradermal needling, traditional Chinese exercise for health preservation, and so on.
As one of the four earliest established TCM universities in China, Chengdu University of TCM is willing to introduce and share the prevention and treatment experience of TCM and provide people all over the world with a home protection regimen against NCP.
The guidelines consist of two parts, including acupuncture and moxibustion therapy and traditional Chinese exercise for health preservation. Based on the characteristics of COVID-19 epidemic and successful cases from clinical practice in China, we recommend acupressure, moxibustion, auricular acupuncture therapy, intradermal acupuncture therapy, turtle longivity Qigong, eight section brocade (Ba Duan Jin), six accessible and convenient preventive methods, which are particularly suitable for public healthcare and rehabilitation of patients with mild cases of COVID-19 during the epidemic period.
Part I Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy
By applying a burning moxa strip to a specific area, moxibustion is a treatment modality that can significantly improve the immune function and can promote viral resistance, treat cough and wheezing, as well as soothe emotions, etc.