In the CDC's movie CONTAGION, Forsythia was the evil herb of choice leading the flu infected masses astray. It turns out in the case of H7N9, Forsythia is only 3rd on the Chinese Herbal ingredient list prescribed for the treatment of H7N9 by the editorial team of the Journal of Thoracic Disease (PubMed Listed).
Below we have excerpted their prescribed treatment regimen for the H7N9 Bird Flu which includes both "Western Medicine" and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), certainly a combination that would not be listed in any medical literature generated in the USA.
Frankly, we're not sure whats worse; taking an experimental "emergency use authorized" H7N9 vaccine of dubious efficacy laced with risky adjuvants, or taking herbal products sourced from China. But one thing we are sure of is that WHEN the Government starts promoting a H7N9 panic, the FDA will ban this sort of information and attempt to arrest anyone not capitulating to such a ban (ala Contagion). So enjoy your Mulberry Tea, while you still can.
Guideline on prevention and control of H7N9 avian influenza human infection
Excerpt from:Editorial Team. Guideline on prevention and control of H7N9 avian influenza human infection. J Thorac Dis 2013;5(S2):S168-S172. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2013.05.17
5.1 The clinically diagnosed and confirmed patients with H7N9 avian influenza human infection must be properly isolated and treated
5.2 Symptomatic treatment Oxygen inhalation, antipyretics, cough suppressants, and expectorants may be applied
5.3 Treatment with antiretroviral drugs Antiretroviral drugs must be applied as soon as possible
- Neuraminidase inhibitors: Oseltamivir or zanamivir has shown certain efficacy in treating H5N1 and H1N1 avian influenza human infections, and therefore is supposed to be effective for H7N9 avian influenza human infection. The recommended oral dose of oseltamivir for adult is 75 mg (150 mg for severe cases) twice daily for 5-7 days. The recommended dose of zanamivir for adult is 10 mg, inhaled, twice daily;
- Ion channel M2 blockers: laboratory experiments have shown that the virus is resistent to both amantadine and rimantadine, and therefore the ion channel M2 blockers should not be applied alone.
5.4 Traditional Chinese medicine
- The epidemic toxin invades the lung and the lung loses its capability to disperse and descend Qi
- Symptoms: fever, cough with little phlegm, headache, and muscle and joint pain.
- Treatment: clearing away heat and dispersing lung.
- Recommended prescriptions:
- Mulberry leaves, Honeysuckle, Forsythia, Fried almonds, Gypsum fibrosum, Anemarrhena, Reed rhizome, Artemisia annua, Scutellaria, and Raw licorice.
- Decoction was orally taken once or twice (every 4-6 hours) a day with water.
- Addition or subtraction: for patients with severe cough, Loquat leaf and Zhejiang Fritillaria can be added.
- Proprietary Chinese medicines: clearance and Detoxification Capsule, Lianhua Qingwen Capsule, and Qing Kai Ling Injection.
- Retention of Epidemic Toxin in the Lung; shock.
- Symptoms: high fever, cough, a small amount of sputum that is difficult to spit out, breathlessness, hemoptysis, cold limbs, dripping cold sweat, uneasiness, and even coma and delirium.
- Treatment: clearing Lung, detoxication, elimination of pathogen, and support of resistance.
- Recommended prescriptions:
- Mix-fried ephedra, Fried almonds, Gypsum fibrosum, Anemarrhena, Houttuynia, Scutellaria, Fried Gardenia, Polygonum cuspidatum, Cornus, and Heterophylla.
- Decoction was orally taken or via nasogastric tube once or twice (every 4-6 hours) a day with water.
- Addition or subtraction: For patients with high fever, trance, and even coma and delirium, Angongniuhuang Pill may be added. For patients with cold limbs and dripping cold sweat, Ginseng, Radix aconiti praeparata, Calcined dragon bone, and Calcined oyster may be added. For patients with hemoptysis, Radix paeoniae rubra, Agrimony, and Chinese arborvitae twig and leaf may be added. For patients with cyanotic lips, Radix notoginseng, Motherwort, Astragalus, and Angelica tail may be added.
- Proprietary Chinese medicines: Shen Mai Injection may be applied.