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CNM’s Post-COVID
Vaccine Protocol
Supplements, herbs and relevant homeopathic remedies in this protocol can be
used alongside each other. If taking medications, ensure that drug-nutrient/herb
interactions are checked.
Unless otherwise stated, it is advised that supplements and herbs are taken for
approximately 3-4 weeks but can be adapted to suit the requirements of the individual. All
remedies should ideally be used as soon post-vaccination as possible but can also be used
at a later date if required.
Supplements:
+ Vitamin D3 (10,000 iu per day) — immunomodulator (enhances immunity and reduces
autoimmunity), anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammatory cytokines); a sub-optimal vitamin D status
has been correlated with worse outcomes from COVID. [1,2]
+ Vitamin C (3-5 g per day) — supports various components of the immune system; reduces some
inflammatory cytokines / mediators, shown to reduce exaggerated immune responses in COVID;
evidence suggests a possible benefit in reducing thrombosis (clot) risk. [3]
+ Zinc (25-50 mg per day) — anti-viral activity; regulates the development of immune cells; deficiency
is associated with more COVID complications. [2]
+ NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) [or glutathione] (1.5 g daily) — potent antioxidant effects which is
crucial because excessive oxidative stress has been linked to enhanced viral spike protein binding to
ACE2 receptors; reduces pro-inflammatory cytokines / mediators; supports liver detoxification (i.e., for
vaccine ingredients). [4]
- Or milk thistle — use a high strength preparation such as a fluid
extract (1:1) or standardised silymarin content tablets or capsules.
+ Quercetin (500-1000 mg, twice daily) — impairs the binding of
the viral spike protein to ACE2 receptors; reduces pro-inflammatory
signals associated with COVID-19; inhibits COVID-19 viral
replication; evidence to suggest that it inhibits coagulation
(clotting). Similar action demonstrated to ivermectin. [5]
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Herbal medicines:
+ Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale) - evidence to suggest
that it inhibits the interaction between the viral spike protein and
ACE2 receptors. Note that this herb is a diuretic and so can increase
urinary output. [6]
+ Pine needle (Pinus sylvestris) — contains shikimate which has
been harnessed as a pharmaceutical drug for COVID. It is thought
to inhibit viral replication, neutralise the viral spike protein and
inhibit clotting. [7]
+ Fennel seed (Foeniculum vulgare) — also contains shikimate
(as does star anise) and is thought to have similar effects.
+ Artemisia spp. (e.g., wormwood) — shown to inhibit SARS-
CoV-2 infection; one of nature’s best immune-supporting herbs. [8]
+ Peter Jackson-Main’s herbal detox decoction - containing pine needles (40 g),
dandelion leaf (30 g), Artemisia spp. (10 g), fennel seed (10 g), Angelia archangelica (10g):
2 teaspoons of herbal mix in 500 ml water, simmered gently with the lid on for 5 minutes. Then strain
and drink 2-3 of these cups daily. For 2-3 weeks.
This blend is available to purchase from CNM’s London Kings Cross Campus (at the front desk) or from
the CNM website here: naturopathy-uk.com/pv-protocol
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If neurological side effects:
+ Lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) (2 g / day for
2 months) - stimulatory effect on the production of ‘nerve growth
factor’, a protein required in order to regenerate and repair nerve
tissue; powerful antioxidant effects. [9]
Other considerations:
+ Focus on good quality sleep — the hormone melatonin (which regulates
the body’s internal clock) is a crucial antioxidant in the body. This is beneficial in
that it can reduce oxidative stress generated by vaccination. Aim for 7-9 hours
of good quality sleep. [10]
+ Good nutrition — avoid highly-processed foods, trans fats (e.g., margarine, fast foods), refined
sugars, over-eating (listen to your body). Instead focus on whole and organic foods, focusing on plant
foods with a variety of colours from vegetables and fruits. Also ensure adequate hydration.
- Resveratrol (supplement 200 mg / day or eat resveratrol-rich foods,
e.g., red grapes, blueberries, cranberries, pistachios) which have been
shown to inhibit SARS CoV-2 in vitro; a potent antioxidant. [11]
+ Support gut health (seek advice from a natural therapist where needed) — to support microbiome
balance, ensure adequate elimination of waste materials and promote an overall anti-inflammatory
environment.
+ Avoid other stressors on the body — e.g., smoking, alcohol, caffeine.
+ Relaxing exercise — e.g., walking, Pilates, yoga, Qi gong.
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Homeopathic remedies:
The remedies discussed below are useful considerations for
those who have had the COVID vaccine as well as those that have
developed side effects from the COVID vaccine. Do not take the
homeopathic remedies any longer than suggested.
Order the remedies from Helios or Ainsworth Pharmacy in sucrose,
no.6 size homeopathic pills. 3 pills = 1 dose.
Straight after the vaccination:
+ Ledum 30C (twice daily for 3-5 days) — to reduce injection site pain, especially when the injection
site is left with a deep purple-black bruise. The area feels sore to touch and aches.
+ Arnica 200C (once daily for 5 days) — to reduce risk of clot formation and haemorrhaging. Arnica
works to reduce inflammation and balance the clotting system.
+ Thuja 200C (twice daily for 5 days) — taken straight after the vaccination to reduce ill effects of
the vaccine.
For over 2 weeks post the vaccination:
(Only take if you have not done the above protocol or you are still feeling the ill effects of the vaccine
despite doing the above protocol).
+ Thuja 1M (once weekly for 3 weeks) — for symptoms of ‘never been well since’ a vaccination.
Side effects from the vaccination:
+ Apis 200C (twice daily for 2-3 days) — for any acute reaction to the vaccine where there is
restlessness, swelling and inflammation at the site of the vaccination. Frequent urination, irritability,
periorbital swelling / oedema.
+ Sulphur 1M (once weekly for 3-4 weeks) — may present with anxiety about health and may repeat
the question asked before answering. Feel warm and are aggravated by heat. Experience excessive
sweating. Headaches feel as if a band is around the head or have a sensation of burning on the
vertex. Develop retinitis and retinal haemorrhaging post-vaccination. Great thirst for ice-cold drinks.
Palpitations that come on at night. Sleep apnoea. Night-time cough, in bed. Insomnia — sleep well for
3-4 hours and then wake and doze on and off the rest of the night. Prefer sleeping on the left side.
Nightmares especially when sleeping on the back. Consider in cases where there has been a clear
aggravation / history of excessive steroid and antibiotic use.
+ Arsenicum album 200C (once daily for 5 days) — present with anxiety about heath with
restlessness — fidget and cannot sit still. Despair of recovery. Feel very chilly and are aggravated
by cold exposure. Desire heat — feel it is impossible to be too warm. Pains are usually burning in
nature (which is contradictory to their cold sensitivity). Headaches are described as burning and
are ameliorated by heat or warm applications to the head. Diarrhoea is offensive, watery, worse for
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drinking cold drinks and worse from eating fruit. Development of asthma symptoms, which tend to
come on between 12am-2am. Breathing is better if they sit upright or bent forward (think pericarditis).
Atrial fibrillation or indications of congestive heart failure may be present. Development of Raynaud’s
syndrome. Restless sleep, insomnia — wake from midnight to 1am. Consider in cases of pericarditis or
myocarditis post-vaccination.
+ Phosphorous 200C (once daily for 5 days) — present with weakness and debility. Brain fog.
Increased bleeding tendency — nosebleeds, easy bruising, bleeding gums, increased flow of menses
(metrorrhagia with bright red, unclotted blood). Acute sense of smell — tends to trigger headaches.
Headaches are aggravated by coughing, fasting and heat. Headaches are ameliorated by sleep and
cold open air. Ravenous appetite, especially when they have a headache. Palpitations which are
aggravated by lying on the left side. Angina pains are better for a cold drink. Numbness of fingers,
especially in the morning on waking.
+ Phosphoricum acidum 200C (once daily for 5 days) — feel depressed and apathetic. Slow in
answering, forgetful, indifferent. Extreme prostration, they just want to fall asleep where they are.
Feel better after a sleep or even a short nap. Headache with heaviness ‘as if a weight pressed down on
the head’. Craving fruit and fruit juices. Consider when you suspect chronic fatigue or EBV has been
triggered. (Can also be taken as Phos ac 12C taken twice daily for 3-4 weeks in chronic debility).
+ Gelsemium 200C (once daily for 5 days) — experience anxiety with fear that their heart will stop.
Great fatigue, weakness. Trembling and weakness of extremities, especially the legs, from the slightest
exertion. Paralysis of the extremities. Headache beginning in occiput or neck and radiating to the
forehead. Heaviness of the head as if it can hardly lift. Facial neuralgia. Headache is ameliorated by
urinating. Eyelids feel heavy and drooping. Thirstless. Congestive heart failure. Empty feeling in the
chest. Aching and stiffness in the neck. Consider in a Guillain-Barre presentation.
+ Camphora 200C (once daily for 5 days) — there is a great sensitivity to the cold, feel icy-cold
themselves. Convulsions that develop post-vaccination, where the client goes blue in the lips. Anxiety,
fear of being left alone. Numbness, tingling and coldness of the limbs. Difficulty in moving, fingers feel
stiff and rigid. Pupils are dilated and objects appear to bright, there is a state of visual hypersensitivity.
Develop nosebleeds. Trembling and restlessness with icy coldness of the limbs. This is a remedy for
severe cases of debility, they will be unable to get out of bed and maintain simple selfcare.
It is important to note, however, that homeopathic remedies are prescribed on a totality of the presenting signs
and symptoms of a client, and it may be that the above remedies do not always match the totality of your client
symptom. If there is no relief of symptoms after taken the chosen remedy, do consider seeking a consult with a
qualified Homeopath.
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Tissue salt supports for post-vaccination:
Take 1 dose 3 x daily for 6-8 months:
+ Silica — used for encouraging elimination / detoxification of any foreign matter from the vaccine. This
can be useful for suppuration or keloid formation that may occur at the site of the vaccination. (Avoid if
there are foreign bodies such as pacemakers, implants, plates or pins etc.).
+ Calc. phos. — supports mitochondrial function due to the phosphorous contribution to
phosphorylation in the mitochondria. Useful where there is mental and physical prostration, severe
fatigue and weakness, poor appetite with irritability.
+ Kali. phos. — known as the nerve nutrient, this is a wonderful support where there has been
an impact on the nervous system. You may observe irritability, headaches from mental strain,
hypersensitivity to all stimuli, great exhaustion with mental dullness, difficulty in concentrating, weak
memory, etc..
Brands: New Era (8 tabs = 1 dose) / Schussler Tissue Salts (1 tab = 1 dose).
Created by Bobby Qureshi and Jodi Cahill. With thanks to Peter Jackson-Main, Jacqui Dougan,
Fiona Hyams, Dr Sarah Myhill and Amanda Smith for their contributions.
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