Traditional Chinese Medicine Preventive Strategy Compiled by Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine to Fight against the COVID-19 Worldwide
Part I Acupuncture and moxibustion prevention
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
1.Acupressure is a very convenient method of self-treatment. TCM theory holds that pressure stimulation on acupoints can dredge the meridians, harmonize Yin and Yang, improve self-regulatory functions of the human body, and promote preventative health care.
2.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.
3.Auricular acupuncture is a modality which stimulates special acupoints on the ear through pressure application of Semen Vaccariae beads, magnetic beads, etc., to activate qi and blood circulation, modulate the functions of Zang fu organs, relieve tension, and keep fit.
4.Intradermal acupuncture, also known as needle-embedding therapy, is a therapy that a special needle is inserted into intracutaneous and required to retain for a specific duration, and apply pressure regularly to acquire a lasting simulation. It can be used for COVID-19 prevention and as an adjunct treatment.
Part II Traditional Chinese exercise for health preservation
Turtle Longevity Qigong
Longevity Qigong is a set of traditional Chinese exercises for health preservation that people practice imitating the shape and respiration of the turtle, which is initiated by Prof. Jianwei Wu of Chengdu University of TCM after many years of practice. Turtle Longevity Qigong is an eight-section powerful set of Qigong exercise, including turtle adjusting breath, turtle searching for food, turtle feeding, turtle paddling, turtle huddling, turtle stretching, turtle swimming, and turtle hibernation.
Eight Section Brocade (Ba Duan Jin)
Eight Section Brocade (Ba Duan Jin) is one of the most popular traditional health preservation exercises that originated in the Song dynasty. It integrates static-dynamic and interaction between body and mind. And it could regulate the function of the Zang fu organs and the circulation of qi and blood, improve one’s immunity to prevent and cure diseases in long-term practice.