Randy J Horwitz
- Medical Director, Integrative Medicine
- Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Scholar Track)
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Immunology, Integrative Medicine, Evolutionary Medicine
Undergraduate Medical Education, Immunology, Integrative Medicine
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- Maizes, V., Crocker, R. L., Chiasson, A. M., Stamets, P., Horwitz, R. J., Weil, A. T., & Alschuler, L. (2020). Integrative considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore (New York, N.Y.), 16(6), 354-356. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2020.03.007More infoThere is a high level of interest in integrative strategies to augment public health measures to prevent COVID-19 infection and associated pneumonia. Unfortunately, no integrative measures have been validated in human trials as effective specifically for COVID-19. Notwithstanding, this is an opportune time to be proactive. Using available in-vitro evidence, an understanding of the virulence of COVID-19, as well as data from similar, but different, viruses, we offer the following strategies to consider. Again, we stress that these are supplemental considerations to the current recommendations that emphasize regular hand washing, physical distancing, stopping non-essential travel, and obtaining testing in the presence of symptoms.
- Sternberg, E. M., Crocker, R. L., Chiasson, A. M., Horwitz, R. J., Maizes, V., Weil, A. T., & Alschuler, L. N. (2020). Integrative medicine considerations for convalescence from mild-to- moderate COVID-19 disease. Explore, 1-9. doi:doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2020.12.005More infoThe majority of individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 have mild-to-moderate COVID-19 disease. Convalescence from mild-to-moderate (MtoM) COVID-19 disease may be supported by integrative medicine strategies. Integrative Medicine (IM) is defined as healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Integrative medicine strategies that may support recovery from MtoM COVID-19 are proposed given their clinically studied effects in related conditions. Adoption of an anti-inflammatory diet, supplementation with vitamin D, glutathione, melatonin, Cordyceps, Astragalus and garlic have potential utility. Osteopathic manipulation, Qigong, breathing exercises and aerobic exercise may support pulmonary recovery. Stress reduction, environmental optimization, creative expression and aromatherapy can provide healing support and minimize enduring trauma. These modalities would benefit from clinical trials in people recovering from COVID-19 infection.
- Sternberg, E. M., Chiasson, A. M., Horwitz, R. J., Maizes, V., Weil, A. T., & Alschuler, L. (2020, April). An Integrative Approach to COVID-19. University of Arizona COVID-19 Webinar Series. Tucson, Arizona.