As an Integrative Physician, I have cultivated and become proficient using holistic approaches to treating viral upper respiratory infections that have routinely demonstrated to be synergistic to the traditional approach. There is no cure for the common cold or the Coronavirus, to date, but the following nutritional approaches have consistently shortened or eliminated viral syndromes within days as opposed to weeks in my practice.

Usually, the combination of Viracid and high doses of Vitamin D3 does the trick for upper respiratory infections. Covid-19 is more lethal than the flu and I would not expect it to be as easy to treat as the usual common cold. The next most important therapies are listed below.

Vitamin C 3 grams 3 times a day if you are sick and 3 grams 1-2 times per day as a preventative.

You want vitamin C in the ascorbate form rather than ascorbic acid. Vitamin C can help diminish the Cytokine storm that is from your body’s immune response to the virus and which causes much of the destruction in the lungs.

Another more potent therapy using primarily Vitamin C is an Intravenous drip. In Shanghai, they have been effectively treating Covid-19 using high doses.

IV Vitamin C (15-30 grams 1-2 times/day for only a few days in a row). If oral supplements were not working then this would be my next step up. This is not safe for patients with Sickle Cell or a G6PD deficiency.

Zinc 1 tab /day Zinc is

Reacted Zinc by Orthomolecular is essential for your body to mount an immune response. I often find patients who have recurrent or chronic infections to be deficient in zinc and adding this can make all the difference at preventing the next infection or effectively treating the current one.

Silver Hydrosol Follow the instructions on the bottle for how to take this.

Silver Hydrosol has anti-viral properties because it carries oxygen free radicals that work much like hydrogen peroxide or bleach but it is safe for human consumption. Argentyn 23 or the less potent Sovereign Silver are the only types of Silver Hydrosol that I would recommend as other forms of colloidal silver can contain contaminants that can permanently stain skin blue.

Astragalus   This can help reduce the binding of the virus to the lung tissue and it also helps to support the immune system.

Beta-Glucans from medicinal mushrooms such as Chaga, Turkey tail, Reishi and Shitake mushrooms. Orthomolecular Products makes a good extract version called Wholeimmune and Host Defense is another brand that makes a great blend called My Community. Beta-Glucans increase Natural Killer cells that are a key part of the immune system that helps fight viruses. This would be a good preventative herbal medicine as well as a good inclusion in treatment. Some brands of medicinal mushrooms can have fungal contaminants or be contaminated with the fungicides that are used to prevent this. That is why for these products I would only stick with the two recommended brands listed above.

Vitamin A 100,000 IU per day for 3 days. This is not safe for pregnant women and is not safe to continue for longer periods of time because it is a fat-soluble vitamin that will build up in your body. Incorporating orange vegetables such as sweet potato or carrots can help increase your Vitamin A (1 sweet potato may contain about 20,000 IU of Vitamin A).

Oregano Oil and Thyme Oil – These have anti-viral properties and one preparation that I have used in the past is called Candibactin AR by Metagenics or Candicid Forte.

Berberine or Goldenseal Candibactin BR by Metagenics contains berberine, which has anti-viral properties and helps to reduce inflammation and improves detoxification pathways.

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