Updated: Oct 22, 2020
This is where Chinese medicine and other alternative therapies really excel and where Western medicine has very little to offer in the convalescing stage.
This period begins approximately around day 14 since the onset of infection and is marked by lessening of fever, weakness and fatigue, sweating, poor appetite, dry mouth and throat, possibly diarrhoea or loose stools. At this stage we want to support the immune system (Zheng Qi), build Spleen Qi and dispel Damp. We may also need to nourish fluids and support Yin as the virus/pathogenic factor can easily damage the precious fluids, resulting in restlessness and night sweats.
Two formulas are suggested for this purpose:
Sha Shen Mai Dong Tang: primarily treats dryness damaging Lung and Stomach - typical symptoms that often manifest in late stage febrile disease. Shen Ling Bai Zhu San: repairs the vital functions of the Spleen and Stomach benefits the Lung Qi, builds Spleen and dispels dampness.
Diet and nutrition are also important in the convalescing stage. Sweet, Bland foods such as rice congee with Lily bulb and Goji berries, or with Chinese Yam and Adzuki beans. Avoid overeating and consumption of alcohol, as well as the intake of greasy and fried foods. In addition, moderated exercise and adequate amounts of sleep and rest will all help to achieve a full recovery.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or you would like to see if Chinese Herbal Medicine can be of assistance to you.