PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Currently, there is no cure or vaccination to treat the coronavirus, which means staying healthy may be your best defense, according to naturopathic doctors.

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“There’s a whole host of herbs from tons of countries, including Chinese medicine, that works really well and boosts your body’s ability to fight viruses,” said Dr. Samantha Randahl of Keystone Natural Family Medicine.

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Our bodies can often be lacking essential vitamins and nutrients. One vitamin, in particular, Randahl said, is showing promise as a treatment.

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“IV Vitamin C is doing well right now,” she said. “They use it in hospital settings. The benefit of doing IV is that it bypasses the liver and the kidneys, and your digestive system straight into your bloodstream.”

In some instances, your body may need a pharmaceutical substance, which naturopathic doctors can prescribe. 

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“We still go to 4-year traditional medical schools,” said Randahl. “We still learn all the traditional sciences, but in addition, we learn botanical medicine, herbal medicine, nutrition – how to heal the body as a whole.”

She said natural medicine has been around for ages and practiced in different societies.

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“Chewing on the bark of this tree relieves pain, and that’s where aspirin came from,” she said. “There have been tons of studies showing that certain herbs, for example, elderberry or echinacea, work really well against the flu."

She said studies also show herbal medicines helped with SARA and the current coronavirus.

 

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