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Incense burning related to low Corona Virus patient numbers in Tibet

While corona virus affecting heavily for the 31 provinces and cities across China, in Tibet there is only one initial case for 9 consecutive days. And this initial patient travelled from Wu Han city.

The reason is due to the habit of Tibetan people burning incense and wearing incense as their daily routine.

Shi Li, an expert in the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Tibet People's Hospital, has more than 30 years of work experience credited Tibetan incense as part of the reason for low infectious rate.

Corresponding theories were listed in the Tibetan Medical Book "Four Medical Books". It mentioned that skin is the largest organ of the human body. In addition to its protective function against external invasion, it also has a variety of functions such as secretion, absorption, penetration, excretion, feeling, absorbing medicine, being used to stimulate Acu points of the whole body, and regulate advanced nervous center, endocrine, and immune system to strengthen our immune systems and to promote healing.

Traditionally, there are many raw materials for making Tibetan incense. Generally, it is based on cypress or elm trunks, and more than 20 herbs such as agarwood, sandalwood, cloves, angelica, cinnamon, myrrh, sweet incense, calamus, and safflower ect are used. Sometimes even hundreds of natural flavors and medicinal herbs are used.

You can make your own incense or just use essential oils.

Top 5 essential oil with antiviral, antibacterial functions:

No.1 Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a purifying, cleansing, clarifying, and immune-boosting oil that is ideal for use on skin, in aromatherapy, and as a surface cleaning agent and a fabric freshener.

In Chinese medicine Eucalyptus has the following main functions:

--- Promotes sweating, releases to the exterior wind heat. Symptoms include sore throat, cold, aches, pains, sinusitis, headaches, acute rheumatism.

--- Soothes Lungs. Symptoms include bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis.

--- Clears toxic heat. Symptoms include lung infections, urogenital infections, skin eruptions.

--- Reduces Inflammation such as relieving pain, wounds and burns.

No.2 Cinnamon

Used in aromatherapy applications, Cinnamon Essential Oil is known not only for its anti viral and anti bacteria functions but also to diminish the feelings of depression, faintness, and exhaustion, to stimulate the libido, and to strengthen immunity.

In Chinese Medicine, we usually use cinnamon bark which is spicy and sweet in taste and hot in nature. Its main functions is warming up the body.

--- Cinnamon warms the Kidneys Yang to relieve aversion to cold, weak back, frequent urination

--- Cinnamon fortifies Spleen Yang to help with poor appetite, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

No.3 Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is native to tropical countries such as India, China, and Thailand where it has traditionally been used as a flavoring agent in foods, drinks, and desserts. Due to its ability to reduce fever, Lemongrass earned the name “fever grass” in some cultures that made “fever teas” from Lemongrass leaves. Lemongrass is most commonly used to relieve digestive issues, reduce bodily aches, pains, and high temperatures, and eliminate harmful bacteria.

In Chinese Medicine, we don't use lemon grass for treatment that often however it does have healing propterties such as:

--- Reduces Fevers to relive fevers, headaches, stomach aches, respiratory disorders, colds

--- Relaxing the body to reduce insomnia, anxiety, stress.

--- Relieves Spasms

No.4 Sandalwood