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Prevention and treatment for novel coronavirus COVID 19

 
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Apparently there are a few outbreaks of a new coronavirus, what herbs can help one prevent and treat it?
 
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I'll let those more versed in herbal remedies handle this, but just to say that viruses will need to be treated differently from bacterial or fungal maladies which sometimes can be combated with natural compounds possessing anti-fungal or anti-bacterial activity.  Seems like the best approach with viruses is to boost your immune system and try to follow some of the recommendations for avoiding contact with it to the extent possible.
 
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From what I understand the way it spreads is something like a cold.  

To avoid it
- frequent hand washing
- avoid touching your face
- avoid touching surfaces that others might have coughed on in the last hour or two.

I'm thinking of keeping some which hazel in a small spray container with me for sanitizing shopping cart handles without the stick of regular antibacterial spray (which don't really work on viruses).

I'm also eating more fruits with high Vit C content.

I'm thinking of getting some echinacea tea for the evening.

And eating blue cheese with my apple instead of regular cheese because I have a craving for blue.  And cutting back on my alcohol consumption.

Basically immune boosting stuff.  

I'm thinking of getting some herbs to help boost my lungs as they are pretty poor this time of year with the smoke and the damp weather.  So Far, the virus has a really low fatality rate so keeping lungs and kidneys healthy, to begin with, is a big step to getting through it.
 
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Obviously, I can't give specifics.... I'm not an expert herbalist and this a newish adaptation of a virus,  But in general, Oil of oregano, garlic and turmeric, vit C and zinc are a good regimen when you thin you may be exposed to something nasty
 
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Stephen Harrod Buhner's book Herbal Antivirals details protocols for "Influenza, Enteroviruses, Encephalitis, SARS, Dengue, the herpes group, Ebola, Zika and more" to quote from the cover. I can totally recommend it, as well as his Herbal Antibacterials. Both are easy to read, full of wisdom & humour, plant details and specific protocols for just about everything you'd 'normally' visit a Doctor for. I reckon these two books should be on everyone's bookshelf, or rather, permanently open on the kitchen worktop, dipped into regularly and the tinctures produced as the herbs are ready for harvesting.

As far as I understand it, the mortality rate from viral infections like these, increases with age. If we want to beat the odds - be it influenza or emerging viruses - we could do ourselves a favour and adopt a healthy diet that supports the immune system: definitely and emphatically 100% organic/pesticide-free/home grown, plenty (loads) of plant-based phytonutrients, no sugar, minimal carbs, increase beneficial fats, exercise daily etc etc. For health reasons I did all of that over 2 years ago and, as a bonus, have cured my arthritis, migraines and cluster headaches, plus, haven't had a cold/flu since, (the latter probably helped by a daily teaspoon of elderberry vinegar? :) We were visiting family in the uk last year when they went down with a gastric flu type thing. Not my husband and I. Daughter-in-law said "maybe there IS something in eating organic, after all"

Yes, organic/non treated food costs more, but why not choose to eat a bit less, of higher quality foods? And yes, I know, that label 'Organic' is no absolute guarantee of clean food. One thing is pretty certain, food that ISN'T labelled organic/pesticide free IS highly likely to be laced with a toxic cocktail of chemicals. My personal experience is that an (ab)'normal' diet of restaurant/fast/big ag food combined with body and home crap products overloading my immune system on a daily basis results eventually in chronic conditions and impaired ability to ward off whatever is going around. For me, reducing toxins as much as I can is an alternative to disease & drugs with a range of interesting side-effects.  Gee that sounds like a rant! Oops.

Back to Coronavirus.

SHB lists the following plants for SARS (coronavirus) Chinese Skullcap, houttuynia, Isatis, Liquorice, Forsythia suspensa and Sophora flavescens, plus Salvia miltiorrhiza and kudzu. He also lists another 15 plants that have been found effective against SARS. If you're serious, the book has full instructions and comprehensive info about the virus.

I'd second good hygiene practices as r ranson detailed. Definitely do all that you can to build up your immune system - more info here.  Be wary of taking oregano oil long-term as it's pretty powerful plus afaik it's more an antibacterial more info about oregano oil here Plan ahead - Tinctures that would help in the event of infection need preparing 2-6 weeks in advance  (in the event that you dont go down with coronavirus, all would not be lost: they have a long shelf life, are useful for 'Flu AND you could work towards a PEP in Natural Medicine?

Finally, to those who get worried about threats like these, try to keep it in perspective. If you live in the US you're probably statistically more likely to get shot on the streets than contract Coronavirus?

And finally finally, thank you so much Huxley, for starting this thread it has reminded me to get my tinctures act together

 
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Buhner has posted the correct herbs on his facebook   https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=stephen%20buhner&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Stephen Buhner
January 23 at 10:37 AM ·

Corona virus treatment. I have an analysis of how corona viruses infect tissues, what tissues they infect, and the herbs that are useful to interrupt that process, as well as the herbs useful to shut down the cytokine cascade they create on pages 52-55 of Herbal Antivirals. It is useful reading in that it can inform treatment from a knowledgeable place (there are also some suggestions, not often used by medical professionals, for specific pharmaceuticals that have been found to be useful). Here is a sample protocol. Please note it is rather more extensive than the ones i normally suggest, this is because the particular corona virus that is now spreading world wide is exceptionally potent in its impacts. Again, this is only a suggested protocol, but all the herbs are specific in one way or another for this virus. A number of the herbs are strongly antiviral for corona viruses. In general, I would only begin using these formulations IF there is good reason to believe that the virus is entering your area. The formulations are preventative as well as specific for acute infections, the only alteration is the dosage. Three tincture formulations and one tea.

Core tincture formulation: Baikal skullcap (3 parts), japanese knotweed root (2 parts), kudzu (2 parts), licorice (1 part), decocted elder leaf tincture (1 part). Note, the berry will do i guess but it is about 1/3 as effective as the decocted leaf (which no one sells, you have to make it yourself). Dosage: 1 tsp 3x day, 6x if active infection.

Immune system, cellular protection, cytokine interruption tincture formulation, supportive for core tincture activity: Cordyceps (3 parts), Dong Quai (2 parts), rhodiola (1 part), astragalus (1 part). Dosage: same as above.

Cellular protection, cytokine interruption, spleen/lymph support tincture formulation: Dan Shen (3 parts), red root (2 parts), cinnamon (1 part). same dosage as above.

With active infection: very strong boneset tea, to 6x day.

I have used this with other corona virus infections, including SARS, it works well.



If you want to by some premixed and ready,
Montana Farmacy https://www.montanafarmacy.com/online-store/CSV-1-Corona-Kit-p170408872?fbclid=IwAR0HoEp074rLd3YeDK087u_69HQcll8sQrDek0NMmYB1w6TKZfe6hjpL64k

and Sage Woman herbs sell them  https://www.sagewomanherbs.com/   https://www.sagewomanherbs.com/buhner-cvs1-core-8-day-bundle.html

Those are for the USA.  He has links to a place in the UK and one for Canada on his facebook page

In addition to those tinctures, you will want to buy boneset cut and sifted for tea, which both those sell.  And you would ideally also want elderberry leaf tincture, which no-one makes, so if dont have that, use lots of elderberry syrup which you likely already have, or can buy at a number of places
 
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Good rest and sleep, pushing water above other fluids, minimizing external stressors, no unfermented dairy (to reduce phlegm), zero to very reduced amounts of inflammatory irritants such as sugar, caffeine, and flour, are efforts that help a body's natural defenses do their jobs.  

Being that multiple factors may contribute to a weakened immune system, when food sources seem not enough and when I consider supplementation as an assist, my first choices would include vitamin C, B complex, and a whole food multi-vitamin.  If my stomach is sensitive and having trouble keeping food down, then clear fluids (mostly water) and bone or bullion broths with a teaspoon of hydrolyzed collagen seem to help by supplying certain nutrients in an easy to digest form.  Also, room temperature fluids and foods go easier on digestion.

And, the awesome neti pot!

I think it's also important to self-advocate by learning individual needs.  I used to take pot shots in the dark hoping this or that would do the job.  But there really was no substitute for learning what my body needs compared to what may work better for someone else.

This website is a generally good source of information that has helped me improve self-advocacy pertinent to health, though this particular link is specific to viruses:

http://www.doctoryourself.com/sars.htm
 
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Everyone reacts differently to viruses, depending on age, health, diet, stress and even location.  For me, Tea Tree.Thyme and Peppermint essential oils are, well,.. essential!  And since this new virus is affecting the lungs or so I hear, I will  use them in inhalations.  I have one of these:

https://www.alphamedical62.com/soins-1/hygiene-corporelle-1/inhalateur.html

Internally, for fever, I go for elderflower tea, but if I really want to knock it on the head, I make a strong tea of elderflower, peppermint and ginger and add a large dollop of honey.  I usually make a big pot, keep it warm on the range and drink several cups a day.  Echinecea tincture and propolis are my favorite "antibiotics" and Goldenseal once the mucus is  coming along.  Of course, I would stop dairy at this point as dairy is a mucus inducer - so is oats by the way.

I have weak lungs so when it gets really bad on the chest, I use mustard poultice.

Of course there are many more plants and food to help but these are the ones that work best for me.   I am stocking up on the above.  

Oh by the way, I make a surface disinfectant with watered down moonshine and peppermint oil.  I too, like to wipe down door knobs, shopping cart handles etc...
 
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There's a fungus among us and its to our lichen

Usnea is reported to be antiviral (as well as antifungal, antibacterial). Traditionally prepared as tincture.

Usnea species

Commonly called Old Man’s Beard

Family
Parmeliaceae

Where it Grows
Usnea grows on trees, specifically pine, spruce, juniper and fir trees along with oak, hickory, walnut, apple and pear.

And check peak prosperity dot com for PhD statistician expert on disease who reality checks the data coming from China. Or check Lancet study to see the mortality rate from the first available study. Spoiler, not low...
 
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Yes!! I forgot about Usnea, thank you for reminding me, especially since it is good against pneumonia, it would be a great help to combat this coronavirus.  Gee, I love this site!  Anyone can recommend a herbal remedy against old age memory loss?!!
 
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Actually, much of Paul Stamets' work on the neurogenerative properties of mushrooms applies to cognitive function.





These are the relevant videos. Definitely not suitable for most workplaces, just FYI.

I find his information in the second video about using mycelial extracts of legal mushrooms that are biologically analogous to psylocybes in the way they affect neurogenesis in our bodies extremely interesting and pertinent, specifically for people who want to benefit from the aforementioned group's medicinal properties without ever having desired to seek it out for recreational purposes.

I wasn't listening to these videos with an ear to coronavirus and preventing or guarding against pandemic, but Usnea is an example of a hard-working fungus that could help.

-CK
 
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Catherine Windrose wrote:

I think it's also important to self-advocate by learning individual needs.  I used to take pot shots in the dark hoping this or that would do the job.  But there really was no substitute for learning what my body needs compared to what may work better for someone else.

I agree that this is very important. I raised two children who could easily have a fever of 102F and other moms would look at them and say, "they're just fine". They hid their fevers and only slowed down from overdrive to 3rd gear, so it was a challenge! Current North American society encourages people to take medication and keep on going and go ahead and send their kids to school so "they don't miss out" (I actually saw an ad to that effect in a parenting magazine - I never bought it again!) So "learning individual needs" may not come naturally and may require "unlearning" bad habits trained into many of us. I've been good at understanding what my body says for a long time, but maybe members who are just learning the skill could contribute ideas and suggestions that helped them? Or people who have consciously taught others this skill?
 
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Jay Angler wrote:So "learning individual needs" may not come naturally and may require "unlearning" bad habits trained into many of us.



I am, by conventional standards, "a wuss" when I'm sick.  I collapse early and eat comfort food and drink hot herbal tea and punt my work obligations to the maximum extent possible.  I read my Kindle and I sleep.  And I moan a lot.

And I get over stuff in half the time of other people who get the same bugs.  Being childless and self-employed gives me the freedom/opportunity/luxury to take care of myself.  But the standards of my society -- something to do with the intersection of toxic masculinity and "work ethics" designed for the benefit of capital not labor -- call me "a wuss" for taking care of myself.  Yeah, well, I got two words for that and the second one is "off!"  
 
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This one i send to my friends and family, a doctor who understands what's going on. J Davis mentioned him already i think.

Like with every flu evreybody has their personal favorite herbies and so, i won't add mine, same old, same old, but personally i can't wait to sport my washable N95 mask that is being send from China as i type.
Gotto have this kind of thing, it sticks on your face, and will help you to remember not to scratch your nose and eyes when outside! Because that is when a lot of viral bits enter the body apparently. And it will serve when the bird flu strikes in future, this is but a big test i hope.
Ok people say they don't work and stuff, but i saw he second man of China in a Wuhan hospital wearing nothing but a N95 face mask.I don't believe they would send him there to talk to staff who are in contact with Wuhan Corona day in day out if it won't help.These Chinese people don't like to lose face with their second guy succoming to Wuhan Corona.
Today the first human to human transmission was confirmed in Germany, the carrier a chinese lady didn't even show symptoms....
Be safe everyone!
 
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Face masks: we did some meta-studies (studies of studies) on these in uni as part of learning the proper scientific method.  Most of how they work (both good and bad) are psychological.

Face masks don't work 100% - so many people say they don't work at all.  Not so.  It's like saying that solar power doesn't work because sometimes it's night.  

BUT - face masks in the West increase panic among the population, so somewhere like Canada, the officials are discouraging masks outside the hospitals.  

In general terms, facemasks do the most good on a person who is ill.  It reduces the droplets that spread when they cough, sneeze, talk or exhale.  They also provide an indicator to people around them that "hey, I'm sick but I don't want you to be sick, so remember to wash your hands and whatever"  This last bit is big among my friends from East Asia.  

Facemasks on a healthy person can actually cause a lot of harm if not changed frequently (some suggest as often as every hour, but more suggest two to four hours) and not stored/washed in a way that kills bacteria and virals.  Basically, they provide a nice moist environment for the nasty bugs to breed, right next to the main areas of admission to the human body - mouth, nose, eyes...

However, facemasks can do good on a healthy person.

The biggest benefit to a face mask on a healthy person is a reminder NOT TO TOUCH YOUR FACE (I'm yelling at myself because I'm having a huge problem learning this really simple thing).  If you put your hand under your mask to scratch your nose, it undoes the main benefit of the mask.

If the right kind of mask is used, face masks greatly reduce irritants to the lungs like smoke, pollen, and pollution.  I often wear a mask in allergy season because there isn't medication strong enough to stop the symptoms.  Not having these lung irritants means the lungs have more strength to fight the illness.

Doctors wearing masks - yes, the right type of mask with the right kind of training (during an outbreak, I see doctors and nurses sanitizing their hands once every five min - some even have timers to remind them) help protect the health worker.  They are in direct contact with known ill people so their risk factor is significantly higher than someone going grocery shopping.  However, the other reason why facemasks work so well on doctors is to keep the population calm. In a hospital, face masks during an epidemic create the effect of confidence and security.  Keeping the population calm during an outbreak is critical to containing the spread.

We don't know yet all the vectors (ways it spreads from human to human) of this virus.  It's big news, so I've been seeing a lot of fake news popping up too.  So far, the reports are that it spreads by droplets from the person breathing, speaking, coughing, whatever, and then being touched by the next person then they touch their face or food.  If it spreads by air and not just droplets, then maks won't be as effective - but they will lessen the chance of catching it.

Another note, this virus isn't yet all that deadly or harmful to humans.  The first case of Corona was in the last few days of 2019.  If we take the cases of influenza in that time (about 44.5k liberatory confirmed according to the WHO) and compare it with the cases of the Coronavirus (about 4,500 yesterday according to the BBC) and given that the flu is proven more deadly (at the time of writing this) I'm currently more worried about the flu than the virus (this may change).  However, the stuff in this thread is also good for avoiding the flue and other contagions.  
 
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There seems to be a lot of worry about this virus but so far it has been no worse than the flu. That could change, but that is the current data. If you want to read the most recent data I suggest the World Health Organizations page on it.  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019  or  the latest New England Journal Article on it  https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2001017?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed  I have read through these, and other more reputable places for data, and after digesting and organizing the data, I posted a review of these articles on my website at https://youarethehealer.org/corona-virus-2019-ncov/ where I list some of the facts about the virus known and added methods to support the immune system.  Anything you can do to support your immune system and the usual things to prevent the flu will be helpful. As people have mentioned, herbs to prevent and treat the flu should be considered. Herbs that are called antivirals are herbs that support the immune system in it's defense of the body. These are the herbs that should be helpful with the new corona virus 2019-nCoV, but since it has never been treated before, this is all new for people and has many people worried. The unknown is often more worrisome than the known. Since we know little about it, countries are acting quickly to contain it as a preventative measure.
 
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Kudzu has long been used in traditional Asian medicines.
Here's a more modern take on some of the current day uses in the West https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-750/kudzu

and plants for the future https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Pueraria+montana

It looks like it's used for fighting some types of infection as well as strengthening the circulatory system.

My Japanese friends suggest that eating Kudzu is considered good for health in general and good for boosting the immune system.  

As we don't have kudzu here, I haven't done any in-depth research, but it's frequently found in Chinese medicine and I've seen mention of it in modern herb books.   I also seem to remember a thread about the healing benefits of Kudzu on permies somewhere.  If it doesn't exist, it would make a great topic for a new thread.  

 
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r ranson wrote:Kudzu has long been used in traditional Asian medicines.
Here's a more modern take on some of the current day uses in the West https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-750/kudzu

and plants for the future https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Pueraria+montana

It looks like it's used for fighting some types of infection as well as strengthening the circulatory system.

My Japanese friends suggest that eating Kudzu is considered good for health in general and good for boosting the immune system.  

As we don't have kudzu here, I haven't done any in-depth research, but it's frequently found in Chinese medicine and I've seen mention of it in modern herb books.   I also seem to remember a thread about the healing benefits of Kudzu on permies somewhere.  If it doesn't exist, it would make a great topic for a new thread.  



In my opinion, kudzu is one of the most understood and least utilized plants in America.  I've been working to domesticate a less vigorous kudzu in the American South (it being the vine that ate the south) for years.  Channing Cope  wrote about Kudzu as a facet of a "permanent agriculture" in the 1920s... he should be recognized as a father of Permaculture... but instead, is regarded as the lunatic who spread kudzu... never mind he and his kudzu stopped the soil erosion in the South that would have dwarfed the Dust Bowl, and pioneered pastured cattle grazing on kudzu and native grasses as an asset, not a detriment.  So, anyt new use for the miracle leguminous vine is  HUGE in my book, and much apprecciated!
 
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One thing I can't help but think about when it comes to this virus, is that there's no one dead in countries other than China. The Coronavirus is a respitory virus. Air quality is generally horrible in China, and I think a lot of people's lungs there are likely damaged from that smog and pollutants.

I think one of the biggest things we can do is to reduce inflamation and exposure to lung irritants. We all know how if we're sick, our coughs get much worse where there is smoke. Keep your air clean, get lots of rest, and eat anti-inflammatory foods.
 
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The air quality point is a good one that I hadn't considered. Thanks
 
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I am going to echo much of what is already mentioned.  Short version, the best “herb” for treating Coronavirus is prevention, washing hands, etc.

Chinese farmers still utilize large quantities of nightsoil, meaning untreated human waste.  It goes right on to crops.  This is NOT humanure which has been thoroughly treated via composting.

As I understand things the single biggest problem with night soil is not that it contaminated the crops by going through the roots, but that the night soil gets accidentally splashed onto the outside of the plant, by falling raindrops, by hands that contact the soil and then the leaves, by wind, etc.  Avian flu, SARS, and other diseases keep cropping up in the same region of China, cause many deaths and then disappear without spreading to other countries.  My thoughts are that at its core, this is a sanitation issue.

I am not trying to trivialize this issue as these mini-plagues cause a lot of suffering, but the plague itself arises from the combination of having inadequate sanitation and inadequate health care.

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I agree lungs weekend by air contamination is going to be a huge factor.  It's like trying to win the Tour de France with two flat tires and no replacement bike.  It's going to make things harder for fighting any infection.  Pneumonia is a huge killer.


But I want to mention that China is huge!

It's almost as big as Canada and has a lot more diverse population.  It's tempting to make blanket statements about the country, but that's like saying that all Canadians live in Igloos.  That's silly, ice houses come in all shapes and sizes, not just round (I joke - I live in a city that can go six years without seeing a snowflake and the only ice is the stuff in cubes that goes in drinks).

There's already a lot of racism being stirred up here, even my non-Chinese, east Asian friends are feeling the brunt of it.  Blanket statements about China that would be fine in normal circumstances trigger a nasty reaction.  People are afraid.  They panic.  They look for someone to blame.  And they lash out.  

It's the whole thing about why the health authorities don't want people wearing face masks in Canada - not because they work or not work, but because the risk of harm from panic is far greater than the risk from the illness.


Sanitation is an issue with many diseases, but parts of China are far more modern and sanitary than anything we see in North America.  And parts are far more pre-industrial.  It's inconsistent.  

But the big danger is for us in North America is that the culture in Wuhan has more exposure to pathogens like having live animals in a place where food is sold.  So they may have stronger immune systems that are more resistant to the zoonotic than the 'sanitary' west.  Thankfully, we don't have enough infections outside China to see what and how it will interact with our immune systems yet.  
 
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Ug, annoyed.

The vitamin C I buy from amazon has jumped in price this week.  On Monday when I bought some, it was $1.75 for 15 tablets.  Now it's $9.something with $25 shipping.  Very annoying as I'm trying to quash a regular cold and this is a great tool for that.

Update: it's now on sale for the price I would pay in the grocery store which is more than regular amazon, but not bad.

 
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I buy ascorbic acid/vitamin C crystals to mix with water (and sodium bicarbonate/baking soda when I want it buffered).  Much less expensive.  Bulk Supplements usually has good prices, especially further discounted through Amazon for a kilo/2lbs+.  Kept dry at reasonable room temperatures, ascorbic acid has a shelf life of 20+ years.  A kilo will last me 6-7 months with an average of a tablespoon daily (not all at once, in separate teaspoon amounts through the day) when healthy, more if a cold or something comes knocking.  And that includes using a tablespoon or so mixed with a little baking soda to exfoliate once or twice a week.

https://www.amazon.com/bulksupplements-ascorbic-vitamin-powder-grams/dp/b00ayim9zm?&tag=admarketus-20&ref=pd_sl_aEA9B5D4300F89B0E5E89934B3
(250 grams/8+ ounces)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYIM9Y8/ref=asc_df_B00AYIM9Y81578049200000?tag=shopz0d-20&ascsubtag=shopzilla_mp_1299-20;15804093205268593807010090302008005&creative=395261&creativeASIN=B00AYIM9Y8&linkCode=asn
(1 kilo/35+ ounces/2lbs+)

I've learned to open the bag less often, minimizing exposure to moisture, by using two 8 ounce containers to scoop out what I'll use in a week or two instead of scooping directly from a bag daily, a few to several times a day.  If you try that, be sure to use a container that keeps light out, that has a lid that seals not necessarily very tight, but closes well.
 
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r ranson wrote:Ug, annoyed.  The vitamin C I buy from amazon has jumped in price this week.  On Monday when I bought some, it was $1.75 for 15 tablets.  Now it's $9.something with $25 shipping.  Very annoying as I'm trying to quash a regular cold and this is a great tool for that.

If it's a "supply and demand" thing, maybe it's a sign that lots of people are taking the "boost your immune system" advice seriously. If it's just a company taking advantage of the scare, I'm not impressed!

What bugs me is that there's such a big deal about "sugar" that my favorite brand of chewable Vit C is now being made with one of the artificial sugars. Yes, I try to avoid hidden sugars or at least be aware of them, but for me, artificial sweeteners are worse. Shame they didn't put out two versions! Hmmm.... maybe I should contact the company and ask. They already put out several flavors - not just orange - which is what attracted me in the first place. I don't see any reason they can't have some flavors with sugar and some with artificial sweeteners and not put it in such fine print that I can't read it without my extra-strong glasses! (I was just trying to read an "ingredients list", and my computer glasses don't give me enough magnification to read the print. Thankfully I've got sewing glasses that will magnify it even more - handy that!)
 
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The next two weeks will give us the best indicators of how far and bad this new virus will spread. With a up to two week incubation period and not showing any signs but still being able to spread the virus makes this one particularly nasty. The best medicine in this case is social avoidance. No parties, large gatherings or public places if at all possible. I'm avoiding any unnecessary contact with society at this point and spent the last 6 days topping off all my long term supplies. This virus has the potential to destroy the global economy. The Spanish flu killed 50 million people......These are some of the things I'm taking to boost my immunity besides taking Elderberry syrup and I just bought a Dyson Hepa filter for the house, and 2 UV Light sanitizers by GermGuardian and two humidifiers. Viruses don't do well in humid environments. If you haven't been able to tell from my past posts, I am a Prepper and have been getting ready for these types of events for nearly 20 years and yes I was a boy scout..BE PREPARED!!!... LOL.

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Also, Colloidial Silver, Sea Buckthorn juice, Goji Berry juice heavily dosing with Echinacea and so much more...
 
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There's been a lot of talk about cytokine cascade with this virus, but the actual reports I've seen indicate that most of the deaths were caused by pneumonia. With that in mind, I suggest stocking up on expectorants.
 
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I offer up a third recommendation for checking out the info from Chris Martenson at Peak Prosperity.  I've been following his work for many years.  I recall that during a past virus outbreak when the media was blowing it up to be a big thing he looked at the data and said, "Not likely" and proceeded to explain why.  This time he is saying it could very well be a big thing and he then explains why.  This link will get you to the page that has the full coverage of all the reports he's done to follow this:  https://www.peakprosperity.com/tag/coronavirus/

As far as herbal remedies to potentially help, my girlfriend just sent me a link to this article on Green Med Info:  https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/can-herbal-medicines-fight-wuhan-coronavirus  In it he does list some things that have been shown to help with similar viruses.
 
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I've been following Dr Paul Cotrell from Harvard university.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZyk2NYx6wGnpoJ7ApTxWKg/videos
 
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I'm also using a Neti pot a few times during the day, especially if I go out in public.
 
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So...  One thing that strikes me is how the media just loves whipping up a frenzy about everything and anything and right now, they're having a field day with this virus.  I'm not saying not to take it seriously, of course not.  It is tragic that so many people have died already and it is most certainly a  big concern.

Now, it has been proven that any strong negative emotion will lower your immune system.  Fear is is a big one, and up there on the spectrum of negative emotion.  Fear is spreading faster than this virus thanks to the media peddling.  Fear is virulently contagious with no incubation period to speak of, and right now it seem to be affecting everyone globally.

The OP's question incidentally was: "Apparently there are a few outbreaks of a new coronavirus, what herbs can help one prevent and treat it?" Thank you to everyone who shared lore and knowledge, that is what is making this site so awesome and unique, I can find the solution, rather than the problem.

Oh, incidently, there is an old proverb that says: "Fear knocked at the door, faith opened it and there was no one there".
 
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Update On Corona Virus 2019-nCoV From WHO - World Health Organization

As of 1/31/2020 the World Health Organization has listed 7736 confirmed cases in China and  a world-wide total of 7818 cases in 19 countries. It is suspected that there are actually 12,167 cases of the novel corona virus at this time. Of the known cases, 1,370 of these cases are considered severe and there are 170 deaths. The number of deaths are less than those first thought to be taking place. It currently appears to be at around 2%.

To give you some perspective, in the 2018-2019 flu season the United States Center for Disease Control estimates 35.5 million people were sick with influenza, 16.5 million people going to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths from influenza. As with the current Corona virus, those who are older are the ones most likely to succumb to the flu and die. 75% of the influenza deaths were in those 65 and older.
 
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Sorry, but that report from WHO was 1/30/2020, not 1/31/2020. They are by the way always a little behind as they are needing to verify their reports.
 
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Ah!! Thanks, Sharol!  It certainly alleviates my fear and warms my heart to know that I am in the 75% portion of people more likely to die!! (sarcasms alert!)
 
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China has 1.4+ billion people?  I wonder how many other types and cases of influenzas are currently present in China.
 
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