Friday, October 11, 2013

Herbal Antivirals

Herbal Antivirals

Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections

By Stephen Harrod Buhner

Published by Storey Publishing, September 2013

This is a huge - and hugely important - book and a companion volume to the recently revised and well-received  "Herbal Antibiotics".

As viruses become ever more resistant to conventional medical pharmaceutical treatment, the number of effective medications becomes ever smaller.  Due to the complexity of whole herbal medicines when compared to single ingredient medications, it is very hard for viruses to become resistant to herbal medicines, and one day fairly soon, herbs may well be our last resort for effective treatment of viral infections.

Respiratory viruses are discussed extensively in one chapter, with a lot of  in-depth background for influenza, especially the history, origins, causes and symptoms of the 1918 flu pandemic. Extensive detail of the biological modus operandi of the virus is given and how herbal antivirals can help more by their ability to provide  support and enhance the body's defense systems  Extensive lists of appropriate essential oils and herbal medications, their preparation and use to fight infections are given.

Viral encephalitis infections and their treatment occupy another chapter and Chapter Four looks at general viral infections such as CMV, Dengue, Hand, Foot & Mouth, Glandular Fever, Herpes, Varicella and Gastro-intestinal viruses and their treatments.There is a superb and very extensive Materia Medica of herbs  used in treating viral infections and a useful appendix on how to make and prepare herbal medicines from the raw ingredients.

This book is complex, informative and very readable; it does presuppose  a good basic knowledge of both biology and herbal medicine but it contains enough detail to definitely be essential reading for anyone with a keen interest in herbs, herbal medications and pandemic illnesses and for anyone who wants to take a greater role in providing health care for themselves or others in their families or communities.

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