Friday, October 11, 2013
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.