by Clark Zimmerman, L.Ac.
By now I’m sure everyone has become somewhat familiar with the H1N1 Virus. We have seen quite a few patients with flu-like symptoms, and some confirmed cases of H1N1 Virus in our clinic. Chinese medicine can be very helpful in the prevention or treatment of the H1N1 virus. There is a great article written by John Heuertz, published in the Gold Flower Chinese Herbs autumn 2009 newsletter. In it, John describes the four phases of viral infection, and some Chinese medical treatment protocols that can effectively address a virus in it’s different stages. The four phases of exposure include: prevention, initial exposure, fully engaged and critical phases. Each phase has different characteristics, and different treatment strategies.