Prevention is Better than Cure!

This blogpost is written for the benefit of you, the reader, and directs you to John Renshaw, who is an experienced Chinese Herbalist and has been following the information coming out of China about how to best treat Covid-19 alongside modern medical protocols.

John Renshaw: M.B.ACc. M.R.C.H.M. Dip Ac. CL; Ac (Nanjing)

Mobile: 07939090412


At the intial stages there is an immune boosting herbal formula we can all take which; I have seen directly that it has already helped a number of people we know. One friend who came down with strong symptoms of sore throat, extreme achiness and lethargy, told me that after the first herbal medicine dose he felt:

“it turned things around. Instead of feeling like the symptoms were completely on top of me, I felt they were thankfully under control”.


Report from John:

How COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) is Currently Treated in  Chinese hospitals with TCM. 

As a trained herbalist I have been studying the protocols and experiences gained on the front line in Chinese hospitals, especially regarding herbal formulas.

They have commonly been using several radically different herbal formulas depending on how COVID -19 manifests differently in people, and at different stages of progression.

Where appropriate CT scans, xrays and diagnostic testing etc are used.  Herbal formula are used in combination with pharmaceutical medicine. TCM is able to diagnose by syndrome differentiation and effectively reduce symptoms and treatment time in many compromised patients with underlying health problems.

The herbal formulas used are based on thousands of years of application and experience, specifically to epidemics that have raged through China over the past 3,000 years episodically. These classical herbal formulas have been modified slightly for how COVID -19 manifests.  There are also several patent medicines that have also been given to Chinese Dr and nurses to help prevent or ease early stage symptoms.  Wherever possible these formulas are more effective if they are modified according to pattern presentation ie a consultation, even if over the phone, with a tongue picture and other specific data sent to the practitioner before the formula is made. Only to call if symptoms are severe.

Chinese herbal medicine can help aleviate symptoms for these people who are not classed as high risk. It can prevent the symptoms getting worse if taken promptly, so lowering the risk of needing to be admitted to hospital for intensive treatment

Any trained Chinese herbalist can diagnose and make the appropriate formulas up, however in the west they won’t or shouldn’t be in contact with patients unless they are in a hospital which is fully equipped for containment. And  like many of us who now cannot work, I can no longer work in my complementary health clinic.

I have all these herbs in my pharmacy and it may be possible to have a telephone consultation, along with a photo of your tongue, then I can post out formulas.

Please contact me – John Renshaw – if interested, or you have any questions – 07939090412 .



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