Frequently asked questions about tuob/Steam Inhalation Therapy
How come I’ve heard stories of COVID + patients who were healed by doing Tuob/Steam Inhalation?
Of the 44,672 coronavirus cases that were confirmed in China by February 11, more than 36,000 or 81 percent were mild.
For many mild infections, the coronavirus could be virtually indistinguishable from the common cold or seasonal flu, said Dr. Jin of the University of Hongkong. Additionally, “Some of these patients, they just go unrecognized,” he said.”It could be just as small as a sore throat. Then one day, two days, it’s gone.”
So likely those cases were mild and would have recovered anyway, even without Tuob.
If I feel a bit sick – fever, cough, tightness in the chest – can I just stay home and do tuob/Steam Inhalation?
No. It is strongly advised that you seek medical attention, and be swabbed/tested for COVID. If indeed you have COVID, then you can properly isolate yourself and also tell your close contacts to quarantine themselves to help prevent the spread to others.
Even if the COVID you may get is mild, it is still highly contagious and can spread to others. If it spreads to the person who is older or very young, and those with pre-existing conditions, it could potentially be a more severe case for them and can cause their death.
Are Doctors against Tuob/Steam inhalation?
Not necessarily. Doctors understand that behaviourally people need to feel like they should be doing something for their health especially in this pandemic. Although Tuob/Steam Inhalation makes people feel that they can breathe lighter/better but people need to understand that Tuob should not be considered as a preventive therapy or treatment. It is our moral societal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID. If people are undiagnosed and infectious, they tend to spread the virus to more people and this war against COVID will never end it. Also, it puts the vulnerable population (people above 60 years old, children and those with pre-existing conditions) at very high risk. So Tuob should, at best, only be a complementary therapy, not a cure.
Prepared by: Dr. Elisse Catalan, RN MD. MPH, MSc HCm