Despite all the measures against the new coronavirus, COVID-19 is spreading faster and faster throughout the entire population. There are more and more people who have suffered from the disease. If you are one of them, then it is quite possible that you are experiencing unpleasant consequences. Just as this disease takes a different course for each person, the after-effects also take many different forms. Let's take a look at the most common ones and how traditional Chinese medicine can help you overcome them.
Here are a couple of tips that will help you get back on track.
Replenish the Yin energy that was depleted by the illness and the infection in your lungs
If the virus was mainly present in your lungs and you had high fevers and a persistent cough, and if a dry cough still persists even after you have had a negative test, then white mulberry can help you. Why? Due to its nature and specific tropism, it replenishes the Yin in the lungs after inflammatory processes.
White mulberry resembles an elongated blackberry in appearance, except for its color. It tastes amazingly sweet, reminiscent of a watermelon. You will usually find it as dried berries - for example in the Lifefood e-shop. Soak it, let it soften and add it to your morning porridge, or just nibble on it as a snack.
Do you experience problems with dry cough and shortness of breath?
Have you overcome the virus successfully and have had a negative test, yet you still experience problems with shortness of breath, dry cough or fatigue? Try supplementing some snow fungus (Tremella fuciformis).
Snow fungus helps to replenish yin energy in the lungs. It strengthens and supports the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, treats dry cough, sore throat and helps with recovery after febrile diseases of the respiratory system. It is a parasitic mushroom that you can buy in a number of Asian grocery stores.
The mushroom needs to be thoroughly soaked in advance. By soaking it roughly triples in volume. After it has soaked, chop it up and add to other ingredients when cooking vegetable dishes or hearty nutritious soups. It takes about 10 minutes to cook. Since it has no taste in itself and will always be a bit "al dente", it will feel a bit like chewing cartilage. Try to hiding it among your favorite vegetables in dishes and you won't even notice it.
Persistent fatigue and weakness
If fatigue and weakness remain as a result of a COVID-19 infection, try to focus your attention on having regular and satiating cooked meals. Vegetable salads and fresh tropical fruits are not the way to go. Rather, reach for your favorite millet recipes, or maybe slow-cooked short-grain rice. Boiled peanuts can also be a great treat for you.
In some Asian shops, you will find unprocessed peanuts in 1-pound bags, with only the outer shell removed. These unprocessed peanuts still have a layer of dark brown skin on them. Such nuts are perfect for easy preparation. Throw them in a pot with cold water and cook them together with star anise for about 20 minutes, or until soft, and you will have a nice snack for your favorite TV show or movie. You can also add them to cooked rice. Peanuts in this form support the middle warmer (also known as Zhong Jiao) and help create true Qi.
If you still suffer from a cough after the infection has subsided, reach for thyme. It can help soothe the irritated Qi of the lungs. A warm fragrant tea will not only caress your airways, but will certainly put you in a good mood.
Chinese medicine excels in the art of fine and precise diagnosis. Completely different procedures, strategies and means are used for different phases of diseases. Therefore, please keep in mind that what we have just said here applies to the after-effects that are a consequence of having had COVID-19. We'll talk about prevention next time.
Take care and cheers.
Yours, Eva Zimmelová
Eva Zimmelová is a Chinese therapist and diagnostician with 25 years of experience. She has been practicing and teaching Tai-ji and Qi-gong for over twenty years. As a Tai-ji teacher and physio-fitness trainer, she worked at Prof. Pavel Kolář's Center of Physical Medicine. Currently, she has a private practice in Prague. She speaks fluent Chinese.
On the Lifefood blog, she shares her experiences and knowledge regarding traditional Chinese medicine and how it can help us take better care of ourselves.
"No one can create health for us, can make us healthy. Being healthy means feeling full of life, accepting life's challenges with joy and enriching the world with the best of ourselves. To do this, we need a functional body and a cooperating mind. Chinese medicine is a complex system that gives us the tools to best take care of both of these aspects, both body and mind. I'll be happy to guide you on this journey."