Coronavirus update and what you can do

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has many people concerned.  We are closely watching recommendations and updates from the San Mateo County Health Department  and Centers for Disease Control as well as increasing our already thorough clinic cleaning practices.

If you have a fever, body aches, difficulty breathing, a cough you cannot control, vomiting or diarrhea, please stay home and contact your primary care provider.

If you are too sick to come to your appointment and you need to cancel with less than 24 hours notice, please let us know and we will waive the late cancellation fee.

Here are some public health recommendations to reduce ones chance of getting sick:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • If you have symptoms of a cold or flu, please stay home and rest.

Here are some recommendations to support your immune system:

  • Grandma’s chicken soup: A study published in the medical journal Chest suggested that chicken soup might have anti-inflammatory effects, which could possibly ease symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
  • Control your sweet tooth: Consuming too much sugar suppresses immune system cells that attack external pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. To manage your sugar cravings you can take 1000-1500mg of L-glutamine under the tongue each time you have sugar cravings.
  • Workout: Exercise can also boost your body’s feel-good chemicals and help relieve stress as well as improve your sleep.
  • Get good sleep:  Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can lead to higher levels of a stress hormone which can lower immune function.  Getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night can boost your immune function.
  • Get acupuncture and moxibustion: Getting regular acupuncture treatments can boost ones immune function. Moxibustion stimulates the release of heat stress proteins which have a potent effect on maintaining homeostasis and immune function.