COVID-19 Self-treatment

Fighting Coronavirus Together

We are taking cautionary measures for the safety of patients and staff to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Stay home if you have fever and cough. If you have difficulty breathing, call your primary physician. If you have low-grade symptoms, then you can do a self-treatment as described below.

We are OPEN on limited basis for following reasons:

  • To continue providing needed treatment for patients.
  • To increase immunity system with acupuncture, herbs, and dietary adjustment. 
  • To remotely treat cold/flu/coronavirus with herbs and self-treatment. 

We are confident that Asian medicine is an effective complement for prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

Here’s what you can do to treat yourself at initial onset. 104º fahrenheit temperature therapy can be effective.

You can use this one simple 104° Fahrenheit therapy for COVID-19 and influenza. Constantly keep an overly warm body. This does not seem to be a big deal but has a tremendous impact for those who are infected. During cold/flu, you may have experienced fluctuations of chills and feeling out of sort. This is likely from not keeping your body overly warm. Even an exposure to only 5 minutes of a cold draft can set you back.  It is because virus easily multiplies in cooler parts of the body and then spreads.

  • Drink warm liquid only. If one drinks water at room or cooler temperature, then the body will cool down momentarily. It will give enough time for the virus to proliferate. It takes a lot of heat to warm up water and your body takes time to generate needed heat.
  • Stay indoors. A cold draft will set you back quickly.
  • Wear double-layer of warm clothing to keep your skin from neck down overly warm. Constantly keep your body overly warm all throughout the day and even at night in bed with a blanket.
  • Wear socks and shoes in the house so that your feet do not touch the cold floor. Head, hands, and feet lose heat very quickly.
  • If you use sauna, jacuzzi, and hot tub, do not use it for more than 15 minutes to avoid exhaustion. Make sure to dry your skin thoroughly afterwards to prevent the moisture from cooling down the skin.
  • Keep your head cool while the whole body is immersed in high temperature. Then the brain is protected from damaging effect of high temperature. 

In this way, your are giving your body the time for it to develop immunity while slowing down the multiplication of coronavirus.

Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin can cool down your body. This is why keeping your skin and stomach very warm can prevent cooling except your head. You are giving your body an opportunity to build up its immune system before the symptoms become severe. Please check with your doctor regarding which medication you can take. Also check with CDC Center for Disease Control, and WHO World Health Organization.

World Health Organization has some very good tips for COVID-19, which you may find by following this link. In particular, they have these comments: 

  • Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19.
  • Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C (97.7° to 98.6), regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower.
  • Taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you.
  • The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands.

While I agree that Hot Bath Does Not Kill Coronavirus I have been recommending that a hot bath MAY SLOW DOWN the replication of virus at the initial onset of fever and cough. 

I do not claim this method will kill the virus, nor has it been peer reviewed. Possibly, the body is given more time to produce antibodies against the virus. Some of us had the worsening of cold/flu symptoms after being exposed to a cold draft. And some of us had relief after being under a very warm blanket overnight or longer. However, the advice given by a governing body should be heeded over my view.

We protect patients and us. 

  • We regularly clean doorknobs, counter-top, chair arm, and equipment with disinfectant wipes.
  • We spray 70% isopropyl alcohol on treatment table after the patient leaves.
  • We use disposable table paper and tissue to isolate you from equipment.
  • Patients are quickly placed in treatment rooms to minimize exposure to people. 
  • We regularly wash our hands.
  • We are wearing a mask at every patient interaction.
  • We ask patients with fever and cough to stay home. You can receive remote advice and herbal treatment.

Follow the CDC Center for Disease Control guideline: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html 

Acupuncture, herb, and diet for prevention and treatment.

Yes, these were successfully used for thousands-of-years for influenza. We are available to help improve your health and immune system so that your body is prepared to minimize the harmful effect from flu/cold/coronavirus. The global effort to fight the SAR-CoV-2 is to slow down the rate of infection. If you have a viral infection, we have herbal treatment based on your constitution.


Constitutional Diagnosis

If your constitution is identified by our acupuncturist, then you can request a list of harmful and beneficial foods for your constitution. In addition, we have Asian herbs, similar to the herbal formula used in Wuhan, China, at the initial onset and still used at this time.

To diagnose your constitution, we look at your physical shape, physiology, and temperament. Below is a helpful link to begin to know your constitution through self-assessing your temperament. 


We are OPEN

If you have fever and cough, or confirmed COVID-19, then you should try these herbs. You may begin to have relief within 1-3 days. We are here to help your body function better so that it can heal.

Western medicine is a disease-targeted medicine: We need to wait for a vaccine and molecular medication, which are at least a few months in the future. 

Eastern medicine is a functional medicine: These herbs do not prevent, nor do they target the coronavirus. These time-tested herbs treat the problem during the initial onset and at the middle statge by working with your body. For a prophylactic measure, these herbs help your immune system be stronger when/if you do catch the virus. 

If you like to treat with the nature’s way, then call us at 805-497-6200. We will work with your body’s individual need to recover. 


Stay safe and healthy,

David Lee, Che-ol Kim, and Sima Ebrahimi.
Acupuncturist and Asian herbal practitioners



Pain in muscle, nerve, tendon, and joint. Hot flashes.

Acupuncture was helpful in treating a variety of problems over a 10-year period.




Neck Pain

Neck pain successfully treated with acupuncture.

Ulcerative Colitis

Asian herbs successfully treat ulcerative colitis

Pregnancy Nausea and Vomiting

Having had much success during pregnancy with acupuncture, the patient again finds relief of spasm in neck and shoulders.

Low Back Pain, Sciatica, and Knee Pain


Minimize pain and optimize body whether you are active at home or abroad.

Dr. Lee’s Case Study #30: Leg, Foot, and Toe Pain

Patient: Female, age 44

Complaint: Left leg, foot, and toes pain. For 6 months, the patient has been suffering from tendino-muscular pain radiating from the left lateral hip to the foot. The pain is constant and worse at the end of work day. Cause is unidentified.

Treatment Process: The patient reported immediate relief of the leg/foot pain by 50% after the first treatment. There was a gradual reduction of 90% relief by the second visit 5 days later. Since the second visit, she did not need to take a 6-month long anti-inflammatory medication, which was causing stomach pain. By the sixth visit, the patient was very happy to be able to wear high heels without aggravating low back and foot pain.

Discussion: When the pains are from strain or sprain, then the recovery can be fast and dramatic.


Disclaimer: Acupuncture results may vary since each individual case is different.

FREE Acupuncture Q & A Workshop

People QuestionsHave you benefited from acupuncture treatments but still aren’t sure how it works? Are you interested in Oriental medicine but want more information before getting treatment?

Whether you are a self-taught expert or inquisitive novice, Dr. Lee invites you to the Q & A Workshop. Speak directly with Dr. David Lee and associate Dr. Cheol Kim as they answer your questions about acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up today at the clinic, call 805-497-6200, or send an email to contact@davidleeacupuncture.com. Bring your friends!

Date and Time: Every Thursday 6:00 – 6:40pmTetrasoma Logo
Clinic Location: 166 North Moorpark Road, #201
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Dr. Lee’s Case Study #24: Shoulder and Arm Pain

shutterstock_129509480Patient: Female, age 56

Complaints: Chronic left shoulder pain with boxing as a hobby and dog walking as a profession.

Treatment Process:
The patient had noticed slight improvement with the first treatment until the second visit 5 days later. The same acupuncture points were repeated on the second visit, the patient reported that the left arm pain immediately inflamed after the but the next day it was better than before she started acupuncture. A different acupuncture point combination was given on the third visit. On the fourth visit, the patient reported a daily incremental improvement with an overall improvement of 75%. The patient was given instruction for self-administered acupressure to use at home and the pain continued to decrease.

Discussion: It is difficult to tell whether a treatment is correct when there is a slight improvement. Often, an alternative acupuncture combination is given to compare the relative difference. In this case, the second option had resulted in a much more significant improvement.

Disclaimer: Acupuncture results may vary since each individual case is different.

Dr. Lee’s Case Studies #14 and #15


Below are two successful patient cases with plantar fasciitis and hot flashes. The intention of sharing these cases is to increase awareness within the local community about the benefits of acupuncture.

Case #14: male, age 49, sales
Chief complaint: Plantar FasciitisPlantar fasciitis
Complaints: His bottom of right foot feels as if walking on a rock. The pain began one year ago, constant since 3 months ago. Orthotic pad and insert do not significantly reduce the pain.
Treatment process: The patient had 5 acupuncture treatments so far. First visit relieved most of the pain in the first two days, and there was slight pain on the third day. After the second visit, the patient reported an overall 25% improvement. The pains were less by 60-70% by the fifth visit. He can do his regular exercise at the gym and play golf without the pain significantly increasing. The pain resolves quickly after aggravation.
Discussion: Having ability to walk comfortably is an important factor integrating various life demands throughout the day. It not only helps to accomplish necessary personal tasks, but contributes to a better quality of health through movements and proper exercise.

Case #15: female, age 62, consultant
Chief complaint: hot flashesshutterstock_128676965
Complaints: Hot flashes were triggered after a total hysterectomy 11 years ago. The frequency is at ten times a day in addition to body being constantly overheated. She throws off bed cover 3-5 times every evening. Night sweats are limited to minor dampness in the arms. Headaches since childhood. Since one year ago, they occur 5-6 days a week lasting for 3-4 hours at a time.
Treatment process: The patient had magnet therapy four times in a period of 8 days. Magnets were strategically placed on the acupuncture points for 24 hours. After the first placement of magnets, the hot flashes were reduced down to twice that evening and a few times next day. By the third visit, both her headaches and hot flashes were gone by at least 80% in frequency, duration, and intensity.
Discussion: The patient was given instruction to place magnets on herself only at night before bed so that the therapeutic effect continues. She is expected to recover eventually from most of her hot flashes and headaches as she continues self-treatment for a month or two. The reason for a good prognosis is that her age is 62, which is past hormonal transition period. And headaches tend to go away with series of treatment.

Disclaimer: Acupuncture results may vary since each individual case is different.



David Lee
Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine
Licensed Acupuncturist
166 N. Moorpark Road, #201
Thousand Oaks, CA