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Published Research and Articles on Vitamin C for Pneumonia, Lung Infections, and the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19)

by Graham Player PhD Andrew W Saul, Damien Downing MBBS MRSB and Gert Schuitemaker PhD

Compiled by Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

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In 1936 Gander and Niederberger found that vitamin C lowered fever and reduced pain in pneumonia patients. Also in 1936, Hochwald independently reported similar results. In 1946 Slotkin further reported that "Vitamin C has been used routinely by the general surgeons in the Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, as a prophylactic against pneumonia, with complete disappearance of this complication."

It is one thing to be sick from a virus and another thing entirely to die from a viral-instigated disease. A 1994 randomized double-blind trial involving vitamin C/placebo supplementation was conducted on 57 elderly patients admitted to hospital with acute respiratory infections (bronchitis and bronchopneumonia). Using a clinical scoring system based on major symptoms of the respiratory condition, patients supplemented with the vitamin fared significantly better than those on placebo. This was particularly the case for those commencing the trial most severely ill, many of whom had very low plasma and white cell vitamin C concentrations on admission. Vitamin C supports your immune system. Vitamin C helps to kill viruses and reduces the symptoms of infection. It's not a COVID-19 "cure," but nothing is. It might just save your life, though, and will definitely reduce the severity of the infection. If someone tells you it's not proven, consider two things:

  • Nothing is proven to work against COVID-19, because it is a new virus
  • Vitamin C has worked against every single virus including influenzas, pneumonia, and even poliomyelitis.

In the medical literature, there are more than 64,000 published articles and studies on Vitamin C available at The U.S. National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information. Vitamin C is arguably one of the most researched substances in existence. Much of the research is very positive. Ignorance of the research, benefits and use of Vitamin C is not a valid excuse for it not to be used as a therapy, particularly when there are no other known medications available, and it is not likely to cause damage, and the published research is readily accessible for everybody.

Following is a brief selection of articles and research from the medical literature that are educational and helpful in considering the use of Vitamin C.

Article Title

Link (All Links Accessed and Active March 19,2020)

Vitamin C may affect lung infections

Vitamin C for preventing and treating pneumonia

Vitamin C and Infections

Vitamin C Can Shorten the Length of Stay in the ICU: A Meta-Analysis.

Combined vitamin C, hydrocortisone, and thiamine therapy for patients with severe pneumonia

Vitamin C and acute respiratory infections.

Vitamin C supplementation and respiratory infections: a systematic review.

Is Vitamin C Beneficial to Patients with CAP?

Vitamin C, the Miracle Cure: 60 Minutes Living Proof

Vitamin C, respiratory infections and the immune system

Vitamin C and Community-acquired Pneumonia

Vitamin C and pneumonia and other severe infections

Vitamin C and SARS coronavirus

Could Vitamin C be the Cure for Deadly Infections?

High-dose Intravenous Vitamin C as a Successful Treatment of Viral Infections

Mitochondria and the Coronavirus - The Vitamin C Connection

Chinese Medical Team Reports Successful Treatment of Coronavirus Patients with High-Dose Vitamin C

Intravenous vitamin C as adjunctive therapy for enterovirus/rhinovirus induced acute respiratory distress syndrome

Gander J, Niederberger W (1936) Vitamin C in der Pneumonia Behandlung [Vitamin C in the treatment of pneumonia]. Münch Med Wschr 83:2074-7 or

Can Vitamin C Prevent and Treat Coronavirus?

How to Use Vitamin C During Illness

Shanghai Government Officially Recommends Vitamin C for COVID-19

Vitamin C Infusion for the Treatment of Severe 2019-nCoV Infected Pneumonia

Vitamin C and COVID-19 Coronavirus

Three Intravenous Vitamin C Research Studies Approved for Treating COVID-19

Early Large Dose Intravenous Vitamin C is the Treatment of Choice for 2019-nCov Pneumonia

Vitamin C and its Application to the Treatment of nCoV Coronavirus

Hospital-based Intravenous Vitamin C Treatment for Coronavirus and Related Illnesses

Vitamin C Protects Against Coronavirus

Graham Player, PhD, is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK and member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He currently resides in Hong Kong. Andrew W. Saul is Editor-in-Chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. He co-founded it in 2005 with Drs Abram Hoffer and Hugh D Riordan. Drs Damien Downing and Gert Schuitemaker are both long-time members of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service Editorial Review Board.

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Ilyès Baghli, M.D. (Algeria)
Ian Brighthope, MBBS, FACNEM (Australia)
Prof. Gilbert Henri Crussol (Spain)
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. (USA)
Damien Downing, M.D. (United Kingdom)
Michael Ellis, M.D. (Australia)
Martin P. Gallagher, M.D., D.C. (USA)
Michael J. Gonzalez, N.M.D., D.Sc., Ph.D. (Puerto Rico)
William B. Grant, Ph.D. (USA)
Tonya S. Heyman, M.D. (USA)
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Ron Hunninghake, M.D. (USA)
Robert E. Jenkins, D.C. (USA)
Bo H. Jonsson, M.D., Ph.D. (Sweden)
Jeffrey J. Kotulski, D.O. (USA)
Peter H. Lauda, M.D. (Austria)
Thomas Levy, M.D., J.D. (USA)
Homer Lim, M.D. (Philippines)
Stuart Lindsey, Pharm.D. (USA)
Victor A. Marcial-Vega, M.D. (Puerto Rico)
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Jun Matsuyama, M.D., Ph.D. (Japan)
Joseph Mercola, D.O. (USA)
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The Chinese Herbal Formula that Combats 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia – Qing Fei Pai Du Tang

by Geoff D’Arcy Lic Ac DOM

  • “The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China together with the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine recommended “Qing Fei Pai Du Tang” for the treatment of COVID‐19.
  • “Nearly all confirmed patients in Shanxi in the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic have taken it.
  • “The results showed that the total effective rate of clinical treatment of 214 patients was more than 90%.”

According to The State Council of the PRC, Chinese Medicine (TCM) has gained enormous experience helping to “ treat 85% of all (83,000) coronavirus infections in China” According to Liú Qīngquán the director of the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, and a member of the team dispatched to Wuhan. TCM had been used in roughly 9,600 COVID-19 cases across the country as of February 10”. “After analyzing case reports from different areas, we have reached a conclusion that TCM is able to prevent mild cases from getting worse,” Liu said.

He went on to comment “Let Western medicines take the lead and TCM be a supplementary treatment,” adding that while TCM can’t kill the virus, it instead can enhance people’s immune systems.

There are a few Chinese herbal formulas that have risen to the top of the Chinese experience of treating this Coronavirus and its progression into the deeper and gravely serious COVID 19 pneumonia. One of the star formulas to emerge from this massive experience is the Qing Fei Pai Du formula. The formula QFPDT was applied in the battle against COVID 19, but it’s unavailable in the USA as a formula because the US FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has severe restrictions on the sale of Ma Huang and has made Xi Xin a banned herb. The formula with 2 substitutes (for the banned herbs) and all the rest of its other 19 ingredients can be separately sourced and blended.

According to Dr. Huang Huang at the most respected TCM school in China, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. “The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China together with the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine recommended “Qing Fei Pai Du Tang” for the treatment of COVID19. Qing Fei Pai Du Tang consists of a combination of formulas that have been used for thousands of years and whose use has been supported both by classical texts and by the clinical experience of later physicians.”

There are four classic Traditional Chinese herbal formulas, that are combined into one (QFPDT) They all originated from the vast experience that Chinese Medicines have had with explosive epidemics ever since they were written about  in the Shang Han Lun (A.D 219) which is among the oldest complete clinical textbooks in the world, TCM have been fighting epidemics and pandemics and recording them for thousands of years.

Composition of the Prescription Qing Fei Pai Du Tang

Mid way through the Coronavirus crises in Hebei, came the recommendation that a TCM prescription of QFPADT, be used for lung clearance and detoxication to treat coronavirus patients. Nearly all confirmed patients in Shanxi in the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic have taken it.

Reported February 23rd 2020 the “State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine carried out clinical observation of QFPADT in the four provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Heilongjiang and Shaanxi for the treatment of confirmed patients. The results showed that the total effective rate of clinical treatment of 214 patients was more than 90%.” This prescription QFPDT is not only suitable for patients with new, mild, common, or severe neonatal pneumonia, it can also be reasonably used in the treatment of critically ill patients in combination with Western Medicine, and can also be used for patients with common cold and flu.

Ingredients in Qing Fei Pai Du Tang

In one study announced by China’s State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 701 confirmed coronavirus cases treated by QFPDT were analyzed. The 701 cases spanned 57 medical institutions in 10 provinces. Out of the 701 patients, 130 were cured and discharged; symptoms of 51 patients completely disappeared; 268 patients showed improvement in symptoms, and 212 presented with stable symptoms (those symptoms did not worsen).

  • Fever: Before taking QFPADT the herbal decoction was taken for just one day, 51.8% of the patients returned to normal temperature. After taking the remedy for six days, 94.6% of patients’ temperatures returned to normal;
  • Cough: And out of the 701 cases, 214 patients presented with cough symptoms. After one day of taking Qing Fei Pai Du Tang, 46.7% of the patients’ cough symptoms disappeared. After six days, that figure increased to 80.6% of patients;
  • Fatigue Poor Appetite and Sore Throat: TCM doctors also observed taking Qing Fei Pai Du Tang lessened the severity of other symptoms such as fatigue, poor appetite, and sore throat. Of the 701 patients, detailed, completed case information of 351 patients has become available. And out of the 351 patients, none of the patients categorized as “light and ordinary” (i.e., mild) were downgraded to severe or critically ill; 3 of the 22 severe patients were cured and discharged; 8 were improved to general condition, and a total of 46 patients were cured and discharged.
    According to the theory of TCM, the target organ location of COVID-19 are the Lungs, and the etiology attribute is “damp and toxin pathogen”. The network pharmacology analysis showed that QFPDT has an overall regulatory effect via multi-component and multi-target. The primary site of pharmacological action is the lung, as 16 herbs to lung meridian, which indicated that the decoction is mainly specific for lung diseases.
    Among the potential targets screen, most of them co-expressed with ACE-2, the receptor of COVID-19, indicating the potential improvement of COVID-19. It can inhibit the replication of COVID-19 by acting on multiple ribosomal proteins. COVID-19 can lead to strong immune response and inflammatory storm. Functional enrichment analysis showed that QPD could inhibit and alleviate excessive immune response and eliminate inflammation by regulating immune related pathway and cytokine action related pathway]. Furthermore, through the prediction of molecular docking, it was found that patchouli alcohol, ergosterol and shionone in the formula had better anti−COVID-19 effect, which provided new molecule structures for new drug development.
    “The treatment of COVID-19 showed that early intervention of TCM is important to improve cure rate, shorten the course of disease, delay disease progression and reduce mortality rate. Furthermore, the reason why TCM works is not only to inhibit the virus, but might block the infection, regulate the immune response, cut off the inflammatory storm, and promote the repair of the body.”
  • Dampness: Almost everyone in TCM agrees that dampness is at the core of this disease. Nearly all of the cases encountered so far in China have display a thick, white, sticky tongue coating.
    In TCM every patient’s individual constitution is different and receives the virus in different reaction patterns. TCM ideally prescribes herbs to supports the variations of constitutions and their different responses. Ideally herbal formulas are amended to the individual. The commonly identified in TCM pattern: External pathogen attacking the exterior, pathogen constrained with heat formation. Unresolved, exterior wind-cold which has become constrained and is transforming into heat
    The formula can also be used for patients with the common cold and flu. However, this formula is a disease treatment prescription, and it is not recommended to be used as a preventive prescription.
  • Dosage:  3 capsules 3 times per day.


Traditional Chinese Medicine: an effective treatment for 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia

Traditional Chinese medicine for COVID-19 treatment

Traditional Chinese medicine used to treat 85% of COVID-19 patients

TCM widely used in COVID-19 patient treatment, yielding good results

Factbox: Potential treatments to defeat novel coronavirus

Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Patients Infected with 2019-New Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): A Review and Perspective

Chinese Herbal Medicine For COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Treatment

Traditional Chinese medicine in the fight against the novel coronavirus COVID-19

Report from the Front Line in Wuhan

Turn on Google translate for these references 6.

Thoughts on COVID‐19 based on JingFang Medicine Classical Chinese Formula Solutions for COVID 19.  By Huang Huang, International JingFang Institute, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (Translated by Li Jiayin ∙ Edited by Daniel Eng)


Boris Johnson, Prime Minister

Dr Graeme Munro-Hall

Dr Lilian Munro-Hall

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Email: Tel: 07964845522


Boris Johnson, Prime Minister

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Dear Sir,

Re: Corona Virus Pandemic.

The Shanghai Medical Association has published a comprehensive and successful treatment method in over 300 patients with the corona virus. This treatment consists of the daily administration of intravenous vitamin C (ascorbic acid). There is no patent on ascorbic acid and it is extremely inexpensive and widely used in the food industry.

We have experience of using intravenous vitamin C going back to 1992 and have administered over 15,000 such infusions without any problems.

Vitamin C, buffered to a pH of 7.3, (more correctly called sodium ascorbate) has a long published[1] history of effectively treating viral as well as bacterial infections. This is only one example of many.

Our experience is that administered correctly, intravenous vitamin C is extremely effective against all types of viral infections in a matter of 3-5 days in all patients. The only contra-indication is a G6PD enzyme deficiency which is fortunately rare. There are protocols for using intravenous vitamin C for those patients with a mild G6PD deficiency.

Intravenous vitamin C is effective, affordable and available. It can be easily made up in a hospital pharmacy and is also available to buy from some mainstream pharmaceutical companies. This treatment has the potential to save lives and curtail the spread of the current pandemic quickly. The health and economic benefits of administering intravenous vitamin C to hospitalised patients are enormous.

We have developed effective and safe protocols for the preparation and delivery of intravenous vitamin C and are offering our expertise and experience in the use and administration of intravenous vitamin C in treating corona virus infected patients.

We are general dental practitioners, recently retired, and have written a book outlining our experiences with intravenous vitamin C entitled Toxic Dentistry Exposed, reviewed in Positive Health PH Online.

If you wish to have further discussions on this subject, we will be happy and honoured to help.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Graeme Munro-Hall


1. Smith, L. H. (1991). Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C. The Clinical Experiences of Frederick Klenner MD. Life Sciences Pr; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 1991).

Cc: Prof. Chris Whitty, Prof. Sir Patrick Valence, Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, Jonathon Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health


Obituary In Memoriam:  Dr Paul J Rosch MD MA, FACP

It is with great sadness that I inform you about the death of Professor Dr Paul J Rosch. 


Dr Paul Rosch

Dr Paul J Rosch MD MA FACP:  June 30, 1927 - February 26, 2020

Tribute Introduction by Carlos Monteiro

Paul Rosch had a brilliant career both as a Doctor as well as a Medical Teacher.  Apart of his many accomplishments he was an important member from The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics' (THINCS). Paul was fighting the cholesterol dogma since the eighties. He has written hundreds of articles advocating stress as the main causal factor for different diseases. One of these diseases was about Cancer, stimulated by Hans Selye in 1958 (See the whole history at

Also, he was Editor of multiple books including the recent Bioelectromagnetic and Subtle Energy Medicine 2015, Fat and Cholesterol Don’t Cause Heart Attacks and Statins Are Not The Solution – 2016. During the last months he was editing a new book with several chapters written by members of the THINCS Group based on lectures from those THINCS members at the International Congress for Advanced Cardiac Sciences – King of Organs, 2019, held in Saudi Arabia. The book titled “Lipid Lunacy,….) will be launched soon.

Personally, I consider Paul Rosch not only an eternal friend, but one of the greatest mentors I had in medical science, being mentioned in most of my articles as can be seen in those published at Positive Health Online.

Paul and I will be co-authors on two new medical articles that are already ready, to be released during this year.

Carlos Monteiro

President, Infarct Combat

Fellow, American Institute of Stress

Obituary from the Family of Dr Paul Rosch

June 30, 1927 – February 26, 2020

Dr Paul J. Rosch MD MA, FACP, born June 30, 1927, passed away on Wednesday 26 February after complications from a fall.  He was 92 years old.

Dr Rosch was Chairman of the Board of The American Institute of Stress, Clinical

Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at New York Medical College, and Honorary Vice President of the International Stress Management Association.

He completed his internship and residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and subsequently at the Walter Reed Army Hospital and Institute of Research, where he was Director of the Endocrine Section. He had a Fellowship at the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Surgery at the University of Montreal with Dr Hans Selye, who coined the term “stress” as it is currently used, and has co-authored works with Dr Selye as well as Dr Flanders Dunbar, who introduced “psychosomatic” into American medicine.

Dr Rosch was elected President of The American Institute of Stress in 1978 and served in that capacity until 2013, when he became Chairman of the Board. He was also the 1998-99 President of The Pavlovian Society, an organization of distinguished international scientists devoted to integrating basic and clinical research. and has been the recipient of many honours, including the Outstanding Physician’s Award of the New York State Medical Society, Man of the Year Award with a Congressional Citation, the Schering Award, the International Distinguished Service Award of the American Rural Health Association and the annual Innovation Award of The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine.

In 1985, he received an award from Dr Michael E. DeBakey, President of the American Society for Contemporary Medicine and Surgery for “contributions to our understanding of stress, health, and disease”. The IM Sechenov Memorial Medal was bestowed on him in by The Russian Academy of Medical Sciences for facilitating communication between stress researchers at his annual International Congress on Stress in Switzerland; he was one of the few foreigners elected to full Fellowship in this prestigious organization.

Dr Rosch served as President of the New York State Society of Internal Medicine, Chairman of the International Foundation for Biopsychosocial Development and Human Health, Expert Consultant on Stress to the United States Center for Disease Control, President, Westchester Diabetes Association President, Yonkers Academy of Medicine and as Police and Fire Department Surgeon. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Northwood University, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation, and Clinical Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and served on the International Advisory Committee, School of Psychology and Social Science, Universidad de Flores in Buenos Aires.

He was a Fellow and Life Member of the American College of Physicians, Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Emeritus Member of The Endocrine Society, Emeritus Member of The Bioelectromagnetics Society, Fellow of the Council of Epidemiology of the American Heart Association, Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences, and Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine.

He was editor-in-chief of Stress Medicine, published by John Wiley in the UK and was on the editorial board of several relevant journals. Dr Rosch was also Senior Consultant in Internal Medicine and Honorary Emeritus Physician at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, New York, and has a Workers Compensation Subspecialty Rating in Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases.

Dr Rosch is pre-deceased by his loving wife, Marguerite A Rosch, his former wife, Lorraine H. Rosch, and his son, David Carl Rosch. He is survived by his sons Jonathan (Judy), Michael (Aya) and Richard (Anne), his daughters Jane Rosch Newton (Richard) and Donna Rosch Telyczka, and six lovely granddaughters. 



Acupuncture Documentary and Report Unveiled at Parliamentary Reception

A film highlighting the diverse and high-level work being carried out by acupuncturists across the UK was unveiled at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on 11 March, 2020, alongside an international report.

 Against a backdrop of chronic underfunding and workforce shortages in the NHS, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is stepping up its efforts to position acupuncture as a viable healthcare choice for a range of conditions. The event, held in the Thames Pavilion at the House of Commons, was sponsored by Virendra Sharma MP.

The 30-minute film –To the showcases practitioners at work in settings including an NHS cancer unit, a mosque near Grenfell Tower, a paediatric clinic and a multibed clinic. The report – The Scope of Acupuncture – highlights best practice being carried out by acupuncturists around the world.

Launching the report and the film, chair of the BAcC Governing Board, Sarah Atwell-Griffiths, said: “More than 1,000 studies are carried out globally each year into the effectiveness of acupuncture, providing evidence that it is beneficial in many conditions. There are around four million acupuncture treatments per year in the UK, of which around half are delivered by members of the British Acupuncture Council. This event aims to highlight that acupuncture can complement conventional medicine, resulting in a holistic approach for patients.”

Opioid Crisis

Ms Atwell-Griffiths added: “The evidence is particularly strong in the treatment of pain, and the world is also grappling with a rising problem of opioid addiction. Last year a Sunday Times investigation revealed that more than 40.5 million opioids were prescribed by doctors in 2018, a rise of 22 per cent compared to a decade ago, and more than half a million people have been on opioids for more than three years. It is a huge problem and the BAcC believes clinicians have a real opportunity to explore other treatment options for pain.”

The film features the UK’s first professor of acupuncture research, Professor Hugh MacPherson, based in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. Professor MacPherson’s systematic reviews of chronic pain conditions, including low back and neck pain, headache and migraine and osteoarthritis, have provided statistically significant evidence that acupuncture is more than a placebo. His neuroimaging studies have attracted considerable scientific interest as well as featuring on TV programmes such as BBC Science and the BBC’s Trust Me I’m A Doctor. His use of rigorous scientific methods has resulted in a substantial contribution to the evidence base. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has co-authored three books.

Grenfell Tragedy

British Acupuncture Council member Rachel Peckham also appears in the film, delivering ear acupuncture treatment to members of the community surrounding Grenfell Tower in west London. Rachel set up a NADA clinic in the Al Manaar Mosque in 2017 in the wake of the Grenfell fire to help people suffering from trauma.

Also featuring in the film is paediatric acupuncturist Rebecca Avern, senior lecturer and clinical supervisor at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. Rebecca decided to focus on paediatrics after becoming aware of the number of children suffering from physical, mental and emotional conditions for which there is often little other help, and which acupuncture treats so effectively.

About the BAcC

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has a membership of nearly 3,000 professionally qualified acupuncturists. It is the UK's largest professional body for the practice of acupuncture. BAcC members practise a traditional, holistic style of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment based on a system developed and refined over 2,000 years. To achieve BAcC membership, practitioners must first undertake extensive training in traditional acupuncture (minimum three years full time or part-time equivalent), which includes physiology, anatomy and other biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture. There is a growing body of evidence showing how effective acupuncture is for a range of conditions.

Why use a BAcC Practitioner

Only British Acupuncture Council members belong to a Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accredited register, providing professional guarantees of safety, education and continuing professional development (

Look for the letters MBAcC after the name of your acupuncturist to ensure:

  • Extensive training – minimum three years degree level – with relevant western medicine including anatomy and physiology;
  • Adherence to BAcC codes of safe practice and professional conduct;
  • Compliance with current health and safety legislation;
  • Full insurance cover for medical malpractice and public/products liability;
  • Mandatory continuing professional development to keep knowledge and skills up to date;
  • Postgraduate study of special interests such as pain management and acupuncture for children.

Go to to find a BAcC registered acupuncturist near you. 

Further Information

For further information, case studies or interviews, please contact Katie Osborne on 07990 922615 or



Corona Viruses and Zinc – How to Stop COVID-19 Inside Human Cells

by George Billing


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Corona viruses and Zinc: How to stop the 2019 Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) inside the human cells once infected. All Coronal viruses such as SARS and MERS and COVID19 enter cells the same way and translate their RNA using the cells translation tools called Ribosomes into viral blue prints called RdRp (RNA Dependent RNA Polymerase) which after a series of other translations leads to complete viral replication and the infection cycle continues until the immune system clears up the virus or the virus overwhelms the infected human host and the host dies due to complications.

Zinc has been proven in countless studies to stop the virus from translating its RNA into RdRp, stopping the virus RNA Polymerase activities (mechanism is still not fully understood) leading to the virus failing to complete its replication cycle and ending the infection. Not any zinc however can enter the cell membrane to complete this crucial task. Only a bio-available type pf zinc such as the types found in certain foods can enter the cell cytoplasm, such lipid soluble zincs complexes are called zinc Ionophores. The most effective of Zinc Ionophores are Zinc Picolinate followed by Zinc Glycinate and Zinc Bisglycinate. Other Co-factors that can further increase Zinc transport into cell cytoplasm are Quercetin, Co-Q10 and EGCG.

Bio-available alimentary zinc has long been known for its innate monocyte and macrophages immune response modulator and an intra-cellular antiviral agent. Adults with a daily zinc intake of 30-40mg a day will inhibit any viral Coronal RNA translation inside the cells, slowly stopping the viral infection within 7 to 14 days. The following is the zinc and its transporters needed to inhibit viral replication and infection:


Alimentary Zinc in any combination:

  • 100g of goat meet contains 50% of Daily needed Bio-available Zinc
  • 100g of Cashew nuts contain 40% of Daily needed Bio-available Zinc
  • 100g of Almonds contain 25% of Daily needed Bio-available Zinc
  • 100g of most organic beans contain 20% of Daily needed Bio-available Zinc

Supplemental Zinc:

  • 1 Tablet of Zinc Picolinate contains 100% of Daily needed Bio-available Zinc

Zinc Transporters:

Alimentary Quercetin in any combination:

  • 200g of Tabbouleh contains 60mg or 25% of Daily therapeutic dose needed
  • 200g of Radish leaves & Onion salad contains 130mg or 55% of Daily therapeutic dose needed
  • 50g of pickled dills contains 50mg or 20% of Daily therapeutic dose needed
  • 50g of wild oregano contains 50mg or 20% of Daily therapeutic dose needed
  • 100g of Debes Carob with sesame contains 50mg or 20% of Daily therapeutic dose needed

Supplemental Quercetin:

  • 1 Tablet containing 250mg of Quercetin

Alimentary EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate):

  • Drink 3 cups of Organic Green Tea a day contains 125-250 mg or 50% of Daily therapeutic dose needed
  • Supplemental EGCG:
  • 1 Tablet containing 500-800mg of EGCG a day

Alimentary Co-Q10:

  • 200g of goat meat each two days 100mg of Co-Q10
  • 100g of goat heart and liver each two days 150mg of Co-Q10

Supplemental Co-Q10:

  • 1 Tablet of of Co-Q10 or Ubiquinol 400mg/day

Please note that the main reason why Chloroquine and HydroxyChloroquine seemed to have worked in stopping the COVID19 virus in the emerging field trials conducted in France, South Korea and New York stem from the fact that those substances are Zinc Ionophores or Zinc transporters. The same could be said about Quercetin, Co-Q10 and EGCG.


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In this Period of Dangerous Scepticism  Critical Thinking is Needed Most

by Hashem Al-Ghaili – Science Nature Page


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I have been a science communicator for almost 12 years now I can assure you, this is by far one of the worst periods when it comes to the amount of dangerous skepticism, amplified by ignorance and easy access to social media. Unfortunately, it’s also the period when critical thinking is needed the most. Millions of lives are at stake! You would think people would come together to solve a global a threat that could wipe out a large portion of our species if not contained, instead they resort to disputes, conspiracy theories and spreading misinformation about things they can’t control or hardly know nothing about.

It’s good to have a reasonable amount of skepticism, but even skepticism itself can be dangerous when it’s too excessive. It clouds your judgment from seeing the truth. Same goes with keeping an open mind towards new ideas. Everything needs to be moderate and well balanced. As Carl Sagan said “It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.” I have noticed large groups of people using “fancy” terms to object to scientific evidence. They call it “fear mongering”, “fake news” or “media hype” when it doesn’t line up with what they believe in. They approve of it and spread it further if it matches with their ideology without examining its source or the scientific evidence behind it.

Can you imagine what could have happened if everyone in the world decided to ignore the problem of the COVID-19 pandemic? We would see bodies collapsing in the streets from a “mysterious illness” and we would be helpless in finding a way to contain it. Because hey! It’s “just a flu, ignore it and it will go away”. It would be like the Black Death pandemic (1347 – 1353) situation all over again, which killed up to 200 million people around the world back when the world’s population was not more than 450 million people. We would live like a primitive medieval society that doesn’t know anything about disease-causing germs despite our technological and scientific revolution. Our excuse? It’s “fake news” and it’s “fear mongering”. This is the kind of world those people want us to live in.

I have personally talked to people who ignored the COVID-19 problem until they lost their loved ones from the disease, only then they took it seriously. That’s when they realized that the numbers we see every day aren’t just digits, they represent real people who had memories, life experiences, consciousness and connections in real life. They were loved by their families and friends; they had plans to go somewhere this summer and create new beautiful memories. One day they were alive and well, the next day they were gone.

Can you even begin to imagine what it is like to lose a loved one? In case it hasn’t happened to you yet, it’s a horrifying experience and I have gone through it myself when I lost my oldest brother a few years ago. A person who you have connected with for a long time … gone with a blink of an eye. Meanwhile millions of others calling of all this “fake news” and “fear mongering”. It’s an insult to the victims of this devastating pandemic, an insult to the scientific evidence and the knowledge we spent decades collecting, and an insult to the collective intelligence of our species. We are better than this.

During this pandemic, I have always sided with science, which came at a cost. I have been called many names and accused of many things. “He’s paid by China”, “He’s paid by WHO”, “He’s paid by the freemasons who control the world”, “He’s paid by Bill Gates”, “He’s paid by big pharma”, and I chose to ignore them. I’m ignoring them not because I can’t defend myself, but because there is a bigger problem to focus on: a pandemic.

Just like everyone else, I want this pandemic to end right now so we can all move on with our lives. This is why it’s my duty as a science communicator to provide you with reliable updates on what’s going on. We all need the cure, so I’ll keep you informed about the latest updates on its progress. I understand how this experience can be damaging to the mental health of some people. If you have noticed, I have focused on covering inspiring and positive stories to help us go through this pandemic while keeping our sanity intact. However, we also don’t want false hope where you would be misled to underestimate the severity of the problem. That’s not my style. It’s important to learn new facts about the virus and the pandemic even if they go against our wishes sometimes. It’s important that we learn how the virus behaves so we can protect ourselves and our loved ones in better ways and minimize the damage caused by this pandemic.

Please, let’s all be responsible during this pandemic not only by practising social distancing, but also by learning the facts from authentic sources only. And remember, it’s not “fear mongering”, it’s a real threat that could reach you and me if we are not too careful. Let’s not panic, let’s stay strong and cautious during this temporary difficult time. It will pass. In our fight against the coronavirus, we will emerge victorious because hey, it’s not the end of the world.

Stay safe!


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