Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Hai-Sha Ni, AP and Susan Hathaway, Ph.D., AP

       There are very few people that have not heard about the recent outbreak of a sudden onset and very deadly respiratory condition that is spreading rapidly from Asia. First diagnosed in Hong Kong and then seen in China, Vietnam and Canada SARS has already spread to Florida. Two people who had recently traveled to Asia have come down with symptoms that are believed to be SARS. For the Western Medical Community, this is considered a viral infection infecting the lungs and respiratory system. The symptoms include running a fever of more than 104 F with severe chills without sweating, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Patients weaken quickly and unless their immune system is very strong, death can occur. There is no vaccine or cure for SARS from the Western Medical Community at this time. However this is not the case from the Traditional Chinese Medical viewpoint. More than 2000 years ago documentation of similar types of symptoms were recorded by various Herbal masters, the most noted being Chang Chung-Ching in his treatise on Febrile diseases arising from Cold invasion called the Shan Han Lun. Even though people at that time did not know about viruses then knew about viral produced illness. More important, Chang Chung-Ching described the symptoms attributed to SARS and the herbal formula to help the body eliminate the pathogen and treat the symptoms. The following formula Da Qing Long Tang (Major Blue Dragon Combination) was formulated by Master Chang Chung-Ching to treat the same type of symptoms that are currently being attributed to SARS.

       The typical symptoms that would indicate prescription of Da Qing Long Tang (Major Blue Dragon Combination) are Exterior cold symptoms of chills with no sweating and high fever, body aches, irritability, and Interior heat signs such as thirst or yellow sputum. The following herbs are the basic formula first described by Chang Chung-Ching:

Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)

Xing Ren (Apricot Seed)

Gui Zhi (Cinnamon)

Zhi Gan Cao (Baked Licorice)

Shi Gao (Gypsum)

Sheng Jiang (Ginger)

Da Zao (Red Dates)

      Properly prepared, this formula has no side effects and is very effective in reducing the symptoms associated with External Wind Cold and Interior Heat, symptoms that describe SARS. This is the basic formula that should be available from herbal pharmacies specializing in Chinese Herbs. It is always better to actually see a Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner so that accurate diagnosing and prescribing can be done. The basic formula can be modified as needed for specific patient complaints ensuring a more complete recovery. Ma Huang is an important herbal component of this ancient formula. As mentioned above, if this formula is properly prepared for the appropriate symptoms, there are no side effects. We do not advocate the use of Ma Huang in any form other than as part of a properly prepared Chinese Medical formula. Ma Huang should not be used for the active ingredient Ephdra alone. There are over the counter herbal pills for weight loss that contain Ma Huang. This is an improper use of this important herb. Ma Huang is properly used in Chinese Medical formulas to open pores and produce sweat and to decrease wheezing. It should be used alone for purposes other than those mentioned. It should never be used for weight loss alone. Formulas containing Ma Huang should be prescribed by Traditionally trained Chinese Medicine practitioners for conditions consistent with its Chinese Medicine properties, not the properties of Ephdra.

      Please remember that the goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to always treat the symptoms by eliminating the cause of the symptoms, not by controlling the symptoms or suppressing them. Whenever patients are seen with Externally caused symptoms (Flu) our goal is to help the body eliminate the pathogen involved. Only by following the Traditional diagnosing methods and prescribing formulas that match these symptoms can pathogens be eliminated, thereby allowing the body to return to balance and good health.

       My Conclusion is SARS can be successful treated by Chinese medicine without side effects any Physician who like know more SARS Please let us know . We don't need to die because SARS.