Integrative Medicine Plan For Treating Mild COVID-19 At Home 

in Immune System, Infectious Disease, Respiratory, Vaccine Preventable Diseases

This week I got Omicron and it has been rough! I’m the last one in my family to get COVID-19. My kids and husband all dealt with COVID at the end of 2021, so our C-19 plan was already in place. Having a plan and all the supplements on hand has made everything a lot easier. 

I recommend getting your plan and supplements together ahead of time so that you don’t end up scrambling to figure everything out once you’re already feeling bad. Time is of the essence once you get symptoms of a viral infection. The earlier that you start antiviral treatment the better.

Disclaimer: this is what I felt was best for me and my family, but that doesn’t mean it will suit yours. This is information, not advice. Some of these treatments have potential side effects, drug interactions, and other contraindications. Always consult a doctor. 

This article is organized into four sections:

  1. Immune Boosting and Antiviral Supplements
  2. Nutritional Foundation
  3. Symptom Management
  4. Summary

The supplements that I’m using are from the Dr. Green Mom product line [link to shop], because they are top quality. Essential Immune Support (Adults & Adolescents) is the keystone of my protocol because it contains vitamins A, C, D, K, zinc, selenium, quercetin, turmeric, and reduced glutathione. Having (almost) everything I need in one supplement makes my routine a lot easier.

I included recommended dosages in the list below, so that if you can’t get your hands on my products in time, you can use what is available to you locally. 

Immune Enhancing & Antiviral Supplements For Treating COVID-19

The most important part of my C-19 treatment plan are these immune enhancing and antiviral supplements. This is based on the information in the Frontline Doctor’s I-MASK+ protocol with some additions based on my own research. Recommendations are subject to change as new research emerges. 

Black Cumin Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa)  1 tsp (5mL) twice per day.

Black Cumin Seed Oil is antiviral and immunomodulatory. At least one clinical trial showed that taking Black Cumin Seed Oil  improved recovery from COVID-19. It is considered an alternative to Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine by the Frontline Doctors. The recommended dose is 40mg/kg per day. Dr. Green Mom® Black Cumin Seed Oil

Melatonin 10 mg before bed (may cause drowsiness).

Melatonin helps you sleep and is also a powerful immunomodulator, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. According to Frontline Doctors , the recommended dose is 6mg before bed. Most of the studies looking at melatonin for COVID-19 used doses that people usually use for sleep (from 2.5- 10mg) .

Vitamin D  7000 IU daily.

Vitamin D is ideally dosed according to the levels of vitamin D from a recent blood test. However, I don’t have recent lab results, so I dosed according to BMI

Vitamin D Dosing According to BMI Category
BMI Category Daily Dose of Vitamin D
BMI <19 2,000- 4,000 IU
BMI 20-29 5,000- 7,000 IU
BMI 30-39 9,000- 15,000 IU
BMI >40 16,000- 30,000 IU

*Table adapted from the I-MASK+ Protocol
**BMI Calculator 

Vitamin A 5,000 IU twice per day PLUS 100,000 IU per day for three days only.

Vitamin A is not part of the I-MASK+ protocol, but I included it because evidence suggests that it is a safe and affordable add-on that has positive effects on the immune system and in treating other RNA viruses. 

*I’m taking Essential Immune Support which contains my daily dose of Vitamin A. The three day mega dose of Vitamin A is an addition. This is too much Vitamin A if pregnant or breastfeeding (another blog post adapting this protocol for pregnancy and breastfeeding is coming very soon). 

Quercetin 250 mg twice daily.

Quercetin is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immunomodulating. It shows promise as a treatment for COVID-19 (link to zinc and quercetin blog). 

Turmeric 100 mg twice daily 

Turmeric is an antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. I’m taking a smaller than recommended dose because I believe it will work synergistically with the other antivirals and anti-inflammatories that I’m taking. However, the dose of turmeric recommended by Frontline Doctors is 500 mg twice daily. 

Vitamin C 1,000 mg twice per day (or to bowel tolerance.

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that is important for optimal immune function. High doses can cause diarrhea. If that occurs, the dose is reduced to what the body can absorb while maintaining normal bowel movements. Frontline Doctors recommend 500-1000mg twice per day.

Zinc 100mg in divided doses with food. 

Frontline Doctors recommend 100mg per day of zinc [link to zinc blog] for treatment of early COVID-19. Taking 100mg of zinc per day is considered safe in the short term

Reduced Glutathione 50mg twice per day.

Glutathione is one of the body’s most important antioxidants and plays a role in the immune system as well.  Glutathione deficiency is associated with worse outcomes in COVID-19. 

Selenium 100mcg twice per day.

Selenium is an important mineral for optimal immune function. Selenium deficiency is linked with worse COVID-19 symptoms and increased chance of death

Povidone Iodine nasal spray three times per day.

This is a nasal antiseptic antiviral that works to reduce viral load in initial studies

Mouthwash containing chlorhexidine, povidone iodine, or cetylpiridinium chloride gargle three times per day.

These are antiseptic antivirals that work to reduce the viral load in initial studies.

Oscillococcinum 

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic preparation that we always have on hand for the treatment of the flu. I added it to my treatment protocol based on how effective it has been for past viral illnesses in my family. When I was researching this article, I found one case series looking at the efficacy of adjunctive homeopathic treatment of COVID-19, and I believe it is worth considering.

The supplements above (aside from the nasal spray, mouth wash, and Oscillococcinum) are available in my C-19 Immune Support Bundle or you can purchase them separately from my store. Dr. Green Mom® C-19 Immune Support Bundle

Nutritional Foundation

Reduced appetite and thirst are common symptoms of COVID-19. However, it is important to stay hydrated and to keep your nutrient intake up in order to heal. Water, electrolyte drink, and bone broth are the foundation of my diet right now, however, I’m also doing my best to eat small amounts of other healthy foods as well. It is important not too fast during viral infections because maintaining normal blood glucose levels helps the body’s immune response against viral infections

Water 

If I’m not drinking lemon balm tea with Ginger Ease or my homemade electrolyte drink, then I’ve got a water bottle or thermos of hot water nearby at all times. 

Electrolyte Drink

I prefer my homemade recipe. Unsweetened coconut water is the second best option. I drink approximately 1 cup per day.

Bone broth

Bone broth is a source of easily digested nutrients, especially protein, which is needed to keep the immune system functioning optimally.Bone broth Treating Mild COVID-19 At Home - Dr. Green Mom

Symptom Management

The now familiar list of COVID-19 symptoms may include fever, chills, headache, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle pain, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, runny nose, nausea/vomiting, and/or diarrhea. 

Luckily, there are natural remedies that can ease symptoms as our bodies fight off this infection. 

In addition to the above symptoms, I’m also interested in preventing the blood clots that can sometimes escalate into a serious concern with COVID-19.

Lemon Balm tea (Melissa officinalis) with 1 tsp of Ginger-Ease 2-5 times per day

This combination helps manage my fever and muscle aches.

Aspirin 325mg per day

Aspirin is recommended by Frontline Doctors as part of the I-MASK+ protocol  because it is an anticoagulant which can help prevent blood clots.

Ibuprofen as needed for pain

Muscle and nerve pain are my most prominent symptoms with COVID-19. Ibuprofen along with Ginger-Ease gives me some relief. 

Hot shower or bath with eucalyptus essential oil every day

Eucalyptus essential oil is immunostimulant, antioxidant, antispasmodic, pain relieving, and anti-inflammatory. The heat from the steam may help to inactivate viral particles. This little ritual also has a positive psychological effect on wellness

Movement at least a few steps every 4 hours when awake

Movement is important to keep the circulatory system healthy and to help prevent blood clots.walking and Treating Mild COVID-19 At Home - Dr. Green Mom

Heating pad over low back and sacrum

The heating pad helps with muscle pain and chills. It also improves lower body circulation to prevent clots.

Breathe Right Nasal Strips

I’ve found that wearing a nasal dilator like Breathe Right Nasal Strips helps make breathing easier. 

Black Cumin Seed Oil 

I already mentioned Black Cumin Seed Oil above, but I wanted to include it here again because it is traditionally used to treat respiratory conditions, and it can help with the respiratory symptoms of COVID-19.

COVID-19 can lead to extremely uncomfortable and even life-threatening symptoms. Managing these symptoms is an important part of a well-rounded treatment plan. 

Summary

As we know, COVID-19 is a viral disease that is often mild, but can become serious. It can cause significant suffering in both the short and long term and even death. 

The thoroughness of this treatment plan reflects how seriously I take COVID-19 and how my family is treating mild COVID-19 at home . I want to give me and my family the very best chances to recover quickly and without complications so that we can get on with living our best lives! 

Immune Boosters & Antivirals 

  1. Black Cumin Seed Oil (40mg/kg/day)
  2. Melatonin (2.5-10mg before bed)
  3. Vitamin D (dose based on BMI, see table above)
  4. Vitamin A (5,000 IU twice daily plus 100,000 IU per day for three days)
  5. Quercetin (250mg twice daily)
  6. Turmeric (100mg twice per day OR 500mg twice per day, see above for explanation)
  7. Vitamin C (500-1000mg twice per day or to bowel tolerance)
  8. Zinc (100mg per day)
  9. Reduced Glutathione (50mg twice per day)
  10. Selenium (100mcg twice per day)
  11. Povidone Iodine Nasal Spray (three times per day)
  12. Antiseptic Mouthwash (three times per day)
  13. Oscillococcinum (daily)

Nutrition

Focus on hydration, electrolytes, easily absorbed nutrients, and maintaining normal blood sugar (rather than fasting).

  1. Water
  2. Electrolyte Drink
  3. Bone Broth

Symptom Management Strategies 

  1. Lemon Balm Tea With Ginger Ease (2-3 cups per day)
  2. Aspirin (325 mg per day)
  3. Ibuprofen (as needed for pain)
  4. Hot Shower With Eucalyptus Essential Oil (daily)
  5. Movement (at least every four hours)
  6. Heating Pad Over Sacrum And Low Back (as needed for pain and chills, at least once daily for circulation)
  7. Breathe Right Nasal Strips (I wear them 24 hours a day to improve breathing)
  8. Black Cumin Seed Oil (as above)

I know that you will have questions about what is safe with treating Mild COVID-19 at home while pregnant and breastfeeding as well as what works for kids and infants. Those posts are in the works and will be up as soon as possible. 

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