From The Institute for Functional Medicine
|The wave-like effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate throughout the healthcare system, and the need for accurate information and clinical resources to support your patients impacted by COVID-19 continues to be important.|
IFM is dedicated to providing free, up-to-date information to assist in your clinical decision-making as research continues to expand. We have developed a new, robust online learning resource on COVID-19 for practitioners, and we continue to regularly update our existing resources, including the COVID-19 vaccines dashboard, to help you provide a comprehensive, functional medicine approach to COVID-19.
Key Clinical Takeaways for Mitigating SARS-CoV-2 Infection
At this stage of the pandemic, research shows that lifestyle, botanical, and nutraceutical treatments can mitigate the risk of severe infection and support the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. This online learning module discusses viral mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 infection and offers key clinical considerations and therapeutic interventions to patients at various clinical stages of infection, including pre-exposure, post-exposure without symptoms, and post-exposure with symptoms. As we’ve discussed in our monthly webinars, vaccines are helpful in decreasing the severity of illness and our functional medicine recommendations are helpful for both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients.
Additional Research on Nutraceutical and Botanicals
The use of immunoadjuvants and anti-inflammatory agents may reduce the severity and duration of acute symptoms and complications as well as reduce long-term morbidity and sequelae. This article explains biological plausibility, mechanism of action, strength of evidence, and risk of harm for various nutraceutical and botanical agents that may have activity against SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, use of these agents may enhance the immune response for those receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19: Functional Medicine Resources
Our website is continually updated with the latest news, resources, and science on testing, treatment, and recovery from COVID-19. It also includes all installments of IFM’s COVID-19 Updates webinar series, the vaccines dashboard, pre-vaccination protocol, and a list of resources from IFM community members and educators.
We are humbled by your dedication and perseverance for innovating care and supporting patient outcomes during these challenging times. Thank you for your interest in IFM and functional medicine.
IFM COVID Task Force Leadership