Related Terms Allium sativum, apple juice, Andrographis paniculata, arabinoxylan, astragalus, avian flu, bird flu, cat’s claw, cloves, coenzyme Q10, cranberry, echinacea, Echinacea purpura, elderberry, forsythia, Forsythia suspense, honeysuckle, garlic, ginger, ginseng, Glycyrrhiza glabra, grape seed extract (GSE), green tea, infection, influenza, Isatis tinctora,lemon balm, leptotaenia, Leptotaenia dissecta Nutt., licorice, Lonicera japonica, mullein, N-acetyl-cysteine, Olea europea,olive leaf, propolis, reishi, resveratrol, Sambucas nigra L., schizandra, Schizandra chinensis,scullcap, shiitake,Siberian ginseng, St. John’s wort, vitamin e. We know that the immune system works as a result of incredibly complicated interactions between immune cells and the proteins they use to communicate with each other. More than 400 different viruses are known to cause infections including the common cold, hepatitis, mononucleosis, avian bird flu, and AIDS. POAs act on the cellular immune system and TOAs act on the central nervous system. Recent studies confirm that the TOAs exert antagonistic effects on the action of the POAs. Uncaria tomentosa plants may contain as much as 80% TOAs.
Antibiotics such as penicillin and azithromycin are not effective in killing viruses, and should only be used to treat infections caused by susceptible bacteria. If post-exposure varicella-zoster immune globulin If vaccination results in disease because of vaccine virus, treatment with acyclovir is recommended (AIII). According to re search conducted in Austria, traditional Cat’s Claw products may contain as much as 80% TOAs, and as little as 1% TOAs can cause a 30% reduction in immune system modulating properties that POAs provide. Current research shows promise for arabinoxylan, a compound derived from Hyphomycetes mycelia mushroom, as an antiviral agent. Echinacea purpura has also gained mainstream acceptance for use in preventing and reducing the severity of the common cold, but scientific research has yet to provide conclusive evidence regarding efficacy. Your products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses and, therefore, the products are “new drugs” under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. It is also used to treat organic depression.
Practice Herbal antiviral products are available in many formulations, including capsules, tinctures, and teas. Dry mouth will most definitely be present if you live in a room with dry air. The best way to get rid of it is pulling it down from trees, and digging up the underground tubers. The life cycle of a virus can be simplified and divided into five stages, all of which are potential sites of action for antiviral herbals: Attachment: The virus attaches to specific sites on the surface of human cells. Echinacea works effectively in cases of acute respiratory infections, including influenza, colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, ear infections and hay fever. Uncoating: The virus releases its outer shell and expels its contents to prepare for replication. Replication: Viral proteins and genetic material are assembled to make multiple copies while still inside the host cell.
Release: After many copies of the virus have been made, they are released from the host cell, often killing the host cell in the process. These newly formed viruses are now able to infect additional cells. Under21 CFR § 310.548(b), any OTC drug product containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts that is promoted, labeled, or represented for the treatment or prevention of any disease is regarded as a new drug within the meaning of section 201(p) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. Do your own research and find out the truth about these methods of curing Herpes. Herbs that are thought to promote detoxification and elimination are often used in conjunction with antiviral herbs to further enhance action of the immune system. I still felt a tad bit weak, but the virus was dead…my head was clear. The most immune-boosting constituent is believed to be Isopteropodin (Isomer A), which increases the immune response in the body and acts as an antioxidant to rid the body of free radicals.
The impact of flukes can play havoc with economic development, especially in tropical developing countries. More recently, this herb, in its standardized extract form, has become popular in Scandinavia as a remedy for upper respiratory infection (URI) and influenza. For example, a 300 milligram Kan Jang tablet containing 4% andrographolides has been recommended to be taken four times daily for cold treatment (for a total daily dose of 48 milligrams andrographolides). Lower doses have been evaluated for respiratory infection prevention; for example, a single 200-300 milligram standardized tablet taken daily. Compounds found in Cat’s Claw may also work to kill viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that cause disease, and they work to inhibit healthy cells from becoming cancerous. However, like anything natural, it cannot be patented. Ozone has already been proven effective around the world in treating influenza, herpes simplex and herpes zoster, candida, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Epstein-Barr virus, HIV, hepatitis, and parasitic, bacteria and viral infections.
carried out two randomized parallel-group trials of the SHA-10 extract of andrographis (Kan Jang, Swedish Herbal Institute) in adults diagnosed with influenza. It is a commonly used herb in traditional Chinese medicine and is used as a component of many immune-supporting formulas, whether prepared as a sliced and boiled herb in food preparations, in extracts, or in capsules. Eberlin, S., et al. Apple juice: Freshly prepared apple juice has appreciable antiviral activity, but the activity may decline more readily than that of commercial juice in response to heat and storage. Astragalus: Astragalus is an extremely versatile herb which may act as an immune strengthener. Additionally, tribal peoples of South America have used cat’s claw as a contraceptive. The IL-2 inducing activity of the triterpene saponins found in astragalus might be the mechanism involved in the immunomodulatory and anticancer effects of astragalus species.
Echinacea: Echinacea may boost the immune defenses in various ways. It maintains a balance between the aggressive actions to destroy bad cells while protecting the good cells. It strengthens the body’s local defenses by use of a substance, echinacein, that deactivates germs’ tissue-dissolving enzyme. Pau d’Arco and Bacteria Pau d’Arco has been claimed as beneficial in fighting against various bacterial infections. On an individual level, if someone had an ingredient with the curing potential of a disease, our natural human response would be to assist. A University of Munich study demonstrated that echinacea boosted production of infection-fighting T-lymphocytes up to 30% more than standard immune-supportive drugs. John’s Wort:John’s Wort acts as a natural antidepressant.
Liquorice – A wonderful antiviral agent, liquorice even heals chicken pox and shingles. Use caffeine-free products. Recent studies demonstrate black elderberry’s effectiveness against all strains of influenza virus. A constituent present in black elderberry (with actions similar to neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir and zanamivir) prevents the spread of virions from infected cells to new cells. Black elderberry is most effective in either a syrup form or in lozenges. Forsythia (Forsythia suspensa): Forsythia is a traditional Chinese herb used for treating colds, flu, and other viruses. It is often mixed with honeysuckle and sometimes lemon balm and/or ginger as a tea.
Garlic (Allium sativum): Garlic may possess antiviral activity. Experts claim it is most effective in its natural form, and they recommend juicing and drinking several cloves as needed. Garlic capsules are available and are preferred by those who find the taste of fresh garlic unpleasant. Experts recommend taking 2 capsules daily for prevention of infection. Garlic contains several antimicrobial compounds including allicin, reportedly one of nature’s strongest broad-spectrum antibiotics. Studies have shown that garlic inhibits the growth of many types of bacteria, including Bacillus, Brucella, Citrobacter, E. Plant-based materials are similarly used in aromatherapy and treatments involving flower essences.
Further studies are needed before any firm recommendations can be made. Grape seed extract (GSE): GSE is a general antimicrobial agent with specific antiviral properties. It is best known for its application against Candida albicans, an organism responsible for fungal infections. Although not proven by scientific research, it may be effective against a long list of other microorganisms as well, including herpes simplex type 1 virus, and influenza A virus. GSE may be used in liquid concentrate form or in capsules. GSE may be taken internally, in minute doses such as 2 to 4 drops twice daily diluted in at least 4 ounces of carrot, orange, pineapple or grapefruit juice. Green tea: Certain constituents called catechins found in green tea have been studied for their ability to inhibit influenza virus replication and their direct virucidal effects.
One study evaluated polyphenolic compound catechins ((-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), (-)-epicatechin gallate (ECG) and (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC)) from green tea for their ability to inhibit influenza virus replication in cell culture and for potential direct virucidal effect. Among the test compounds, the EGCG and ECG were found to be potent inhibitors of influenza virus replication. It has been suggested that the antiviral effect of catechins on influenza virus is mediated not only by specific interaction with HA, but via alteration of the physical properties of the viral membrane. Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is often used in China to treat bacterial and viral conditions. It is taken as a liquid from flower extracts or as a tea. Isatidis (Isatis tinctora): This herb is one of the best-known traditional Chinese medicine antiviral herbs. Isatidis may be a remedy for any virus but appears to be especially good for hepatitis, because it helps reduce both swelling and liver inflammation.
Isatidis is mild and can be used in children or those who do not tolerate heat well. Isatidis may also be a good anti-bacterial agent. Leptotaenia (Leptotaenia dissecta Nutt.): Available in both capsules or as a liquid extract, leptotaenia is an herb known to be useful in treating pneumonia, flu, colds, and bronchitis, as well as viruses such as Herpes simplex I and II and hepatitis C. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Licorice root has been used to prevent and remedy infections, fevers and inflammation. It has broad antimicrobial activity against viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungi. Licorice contains at least eight antiviral and 25 antifungal substances. Licorice also possesses antiviral compounds that promote interferon release.
By itself, licorice is a dynamic herb that should only be used for short periods of time. Olive leaf (Olea europea): This herb has general antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It usually comes in powder form in capsules. Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis): This herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as an antiviral herb, specifically in cases of viral hepatitis. Coconut A tablespoon of the freshly ground coconut should be taken at breakfast followed by a dose of castor oil after three hours. St.John’s wort: Hypericin, a constituent of St. John’s wort, has been extensively studied as an antiviral.
While hypericin has been shown to be effective in inactivating enveloped viruses, such as hepatitis B and C, and cytomegalovirus, it has not been effective against non-enveloped viruses, such as hepatitis A, or parvovirus B-19. Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a commonly encountered nutritional supplement with antioxidant properties. Based on animal study, vitamin E may reduce PGE2 production, which in turn leads to enhancement of Th1 cytokines. Bibliography Han SN. Vitamin E supplementation increases T helper 1 cytokine production in old mice infected with influenza virus. Immunology. Yuan, D., et al.
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