If you are wondering how to support your health and reduce stress or anxiety with the threat of coronavirous and the restrictions on our usual activities, here are some options:
Qi gong to support health
If you are looking for ways to support your health and cultivate more calmness and stability in the mind - which feels very relevant for most of us at this time - as well as cardiovascular exercise, I would recommend considering qi gong, (pronounced Chee Gong) a lesser - known cousin of Tai chi combines flowing movement and abdominal breathing requires less space to practice than tai chi and can be done at home for any length of time. Qi gong has been shown to have numerous physical and mental health benefits, including general physical function and quality of life, cardio-pulmonary fitness, immunity, flexibility, bone health, balance anxiety, depression and mental resilience (references below).
Here is a qi gong exercise that supports the function of the Lung (referred to in the singular in Chinese Medicine): https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1235&v=Nqn70lirWKc&feature=emb_title
It's by Peter Deadman, a respected Chinese medicine and qi gong practitioner, is 20 minutes long and like all qi gong, it feels both energising and calming to do.
Here is a very good short introduction to qi gong, also by Peter Deadman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=98&v=O3s5FpFhGaE&feature=emb_logo It's the first part of a free and well-taught course teaching a qi gong form or routine that takes 15 minutes. It would be a way to support general health.
Chinese herbal medicine now mandatory for hospitalized coronavirus patients in Wuhan
Though this doesn’t seem to have been reported in the news anywhere (!) there have been promising results treating patients hospitalized with coronavirous in China. A directive was issued by the Covid-19 Medical Treatment Unit in Wuhan in February that all new hospitalized Coronavirus cases be treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Western medicine (see: https://www.elotus.org/sites/default/files/novel_corona_virus_-_tcm_treatment_from_the_pprc.pdf ) Patients are treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) while in hospital (acupuncture is not suitable for obvious reasons) and on being discharged are being given a further two weeks worth of CHM, qi gong instructions and dietary advice.
If you or anyone you know is becomes affected by Coronavirous and would like to use Chinese Herbal Medicine to support your health, please get in touch and I will put you in touch with one of my an experienced CHM practitioner colleagues. Consultation would be email / online / on the phone and herbs would be sent by post. Please note no endangered species or unethical products are involved.
This would of course need to be in conjunction with conventional medical precautions, advice and treatment and absolutely not instead of these! Having personally experienced the benefits of Chinese Herbal Medicine repeatedly I would be happy to support you in this way.
Lastly here’s an infographic very clearly showing the effects of different levels of social distancing on the spread of the virous, in case it would be useful for any friends or family members. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPrE5dBsiII
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With very best wishes for your health and well-being
References: A Comprehensive Review of the Health Benefits of Qi Gong and Tai Chi: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085832/, The Effect of Baduanjin on Promoting the Physical Fitness and Health of Adults: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2014/784059/)