7. April 2020 by HHH Team

We were fortunate to listen to a recent interview between Dr. Kara Fitzgerald ND, a practicing Naturopath and Institute of Functional Medicine faculty and Dr. John Chen PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc, a recognized authority in both western pharmacology and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

We have followed the use of TCM in China for COVID19 and noted that high degrees of success have been documented. In effort to share valid scientific and clinical information, we would like to share this podcast/interview with you.

“In the days ahead, each one of us should choose to trust scientific data and healthcare experts over unfounded conspiracy theories and self-serving politicians” says Professor Yuval Noah Harari, author of best-sellers “Sapiens”, “Homo Deus” and “21 lessons for the 21st century and one of our favourite, well-informed authors.


While we support people making up their own minds, it seems that being able to filter the conspiracy theories and questionably-motivated articles, abundant like never before, is a great challenge. We will take great effort, on behalf of visitors to our website and patients to our practice, to help with determining what is valuable and what is less-likely to help us survive.

In this short interview, Dr. Chen talks about the advanced, controlled application of traditional Chinese herbs in the different phases of Covid19. He notes that about 2000 years of Chinese history has accumulated experience in addressing epidemics and pandemics (with a pandemic frequency of nearly every 5 years). Good science slowly builds on knowledge of what came before and COVID19 shares some similarity with other viral epidemics to have affected China, especially SARS1 in 2003/2004.

He evaluates the importance of preventative measures to strengthen one’s immunity and holistic well-being as health strategies. He also elaborates on the clinical findings and published results from the Chinese Government and categorizes the four COVID19 phases: which all require different treatment approaches.

This is a highly informative podcast leaves little doubt about the reasons for the effectiveness of the Chinese healthcare workers and their relative success in this current pandemic.

We acknowledge the permission provided by New Frontiers in Functional Medicine ™ (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/new-frontiers-in-functional-medicine/id1103271110) and Dr. Kara Fitzgerald (https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/) to share this interview with you. We appreciate the global co-operation and sharing of potentially vital information during this challenging time. It is generosity like this that allows a world of healthcare providers to put our heads together for the good of all citizens of this planet.


Since 2008, a team of like-minded practitioners has been striving to deliver sophisticated, holistic and integrative healthcare at the HOUSE OF HOLISTIC HEALTH. Our goal has always been to provide authentic, participatory medicine through the use of a wide range of disciplines. We practise within our diverse specialities and build integral patient-practitioner relationships; always driven by the best medical science. We believe we have created an ethos that is the core of a valuable healthcare experience. The adoption of holistic healthcare systems seems more appropriate than ever in this modern world of increasingly complex disease. Cancer, chronic pain, multiple allergies and psychological or spiritual imbalances are all challenging society worldwide. A complex solution may be the fundamental way of addressing them all.