Thursday, December 4, 2014

Top Performing Natural Anti-Viral Agents

Winter is the time of year when both you and your patients are more susceptible vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses caused by viruses including colds, flu and cold sores. A virus is not to be confused with bacteria, which causes infection and which is a definite risk after surgery, although many of the anti-viral agents on this list actually do fight bacterial infection as well. Viruses are tiny bits of nucleic acids that contain information and use your body’s cells tor create more copies of themselves so they can make you very ill.  A sick doctor is of no use to an ill patient so taking some of these remedies as a practitioner is recommended to help ward off the viruses that might possibly be wafting through your office.

Silver has been utilized as a medicine since ancient times to treat scores of ailments, including the bubonic plague. Colloidal silver is a suspension of pure metallic silver in water, that reduces the activity of the HIV virus in AIDS patients, slow down the hepatitis C virus and combat other viruses in general. It works by interfering with the enzymes that allow a virus to use oxygen, actually suffocating it so it cannot do damage.

Elderberries on the branch
The common black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has long been used to reduce the length and severity of flu symptoms.  Taking 60 ml a day for adults and 30 ml for children helps speed up recovery, often in three days. Elderberry extract dulls to the tiny spikes on a virus protein that are used to pierce and invade healthy cells.

The herb Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) is supportive of the immune system and has a direct anti-viral action against colds and viral bronchitis.  Preparations that include both the roots and the flowering tops are the most effective at helping the body resist the viruses.

Garlic possesses the compounds allicin and alliion are responsible for this common plant’s reputation as a triple threat. Garlic is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and it is especially effective against viruses if chewed raw.

Green tea (Camellia sinensis) contains a group of flavonoids called catechins, which appear to to be effective in inhibiting HIV, herpes simples and the hepatitis B virus.

Liquorice contains a substance called glycyrrhizin that halts the replication of viruses and.  It has been noted to be effective in the treatment of many viral illnesses including viral hepatitis.

The leaves of Olive trees (Olea europea) contain a elenoic acid and calcium elonate that are powerful inhibitors of a wide range of viruses in laboratory tests., including influenza, herpes, polio and coxsackie viruses.

Pau d’arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa), is a healing inner bark that can treat colds, influenza, herpes and viral stomatis. It contains quinoids that inhibit virus replication by damaging the DNA and RNA inside the virus.

St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) can treat depression and neuralgia but it also has potent antiviral chemicals called hypercin and pseudohypericin that fight off viruses that thrive by imitating existing human cells.

For best results it is highly recommended that patients and doctors use at least two of these remedies in conjunction in order to vanquish viruses.

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