- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (September 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612121608
- ISBN-13: 978-1612121604
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
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Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections Paperback – September 24, 2013
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Protect Yourself with Natural Treatments for Viral Infections
Viruses are smart, mutating and becoming resistant to antiviral pharmaceuticals. Global crises such as SARS and dengue fever spread more quickly than we can develop medicines to fight them, and every season there are new flu strains that challenge the effectiveness of vaccines.
Build your immunity and protect yourself with broad-spectrum herbal treatments. Stephen Harrod Buhner profiles the plants that have proven most effective in fighting viral infections and provides in-depth instructions for preparing and using formulations to address the most common infections and to strengthen your immunity, safely and naturally.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is scientific, with solid evidences, and written by someone with good humor that actually use the plants mentioned in the book.
The book is well organized. It starts with an introduction to viruses and discuss the threat that they represent to our health.
Buhner goes on to describe several viruses and offers treatment options for each of them.
The Viral Materia Medica is very complete with 137 pages with an exhaustive description of each plant.
Honestly, I cannot find anything missing in there!
Chapter 6: Strengthening the immune system is particularly interesting. Then, he incorporates a brief discussion on herbal making.
I simply love this book and I recommend it to every herbal enthusiast whether you are novice or expert.
Thank you for this book!
The book clearly explains how the epidemic of viral infections has come about, and how, according to the author the world is unprepared to deal with the next great outbreak.
After the prologue, the author gives very easy to follow instructions on how to cultivate seven anti-viral herbs. He also lists, in detail how to extract the medically valuable materials that grow within the plant, variations of plant species and their potency, and dosage information.
I value this book and plan to grow a garden containing at least these seven herbs
It was about twenty years ago, and I still remember vividly an anxious middle aged man on oxygen sitting up on his stretcher in the waiting area of the Hospital Xray department outside my office. He was there for his daily chest Xray to follow his viral pneumonia. After a few days, he stopped coming down, and the hospital staff informed me he had succumbed to his illness. This was a bitter lesson. Although we doctors have effective antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia, we have no such drugs for viral pneumonia, and in fact, we have very little to offer these unfortunate people except supportive care. And yes, some die from viral pneumonia.
Although modern medicine has made considerable progress in antiviral drug discovery such as Acyclovir for Herpes virus, most cultures and ethnic groups on the planet have successfully used anti-viral medicinal plants for thousands of years for prevention and treatment of a viral disease. The mechanism is fusion inhibition, which prevents attachment of the viral capsule to the host cell membrane, thus preventing entrance of virus into the cell where replication takes place.
Buhner's Herbal Antivirals book has an excellent discussion of the Influenza epidemic of 1918 and discusses various herbal treatments for various viral diseases as well in depth discussion of each herbal. I must say the book is impressive for a number of reasons. One is the extensive reference to the medical literature as well as the ethnic herbal literature, pulling usually separated sources together. My only quibble is that reference numbers are missing in the text, so one is forced to search through the bibliography to find the reference if interested in reading it. According to Dr. Buhner’s book, the three top candidates as anti-viral herbals are Elderberry, Licorice Root and Chinese Skull cap. Perhaps the most widely available of the antiviral botanicals is Black Elderberry Syrup, which can be found at most health food stores and markets.' This is just the thing for little kids who pick up a new bug every week at child day care.
Licorice Root is widely available at most health food stores as capsules or tinctures. One must be careful to avoid the DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice root) as this form has the active ingredient removed. Douglas Labs offers lDouglas Laboratories® - Licorice Root-V (with Glycyrrhizin) which Dr Buhner recommends: standardized to 12% glycyrrhizin per each 500 mg capsule. I have given this product to family members during viral illness with good results. Licorice Root is also available from various herbal apothecaries as tinctures.
Chinese Skullcap is one of Buhner's favorite anti-virals. Dr Buhner reminds us to avoid the American Skullcap which is a different species and less effective than Chinese skullcap which contains the active ingredients Baicalin and Baicalein. American skullcap is called Scutellaria lateriflora whereas the correct one, the Chinese skullcap, is called Scutellaria baicalensis. The Chinese Skullcap comes as a dried root, and best used as a tincture prepared in alcohol. Dr Buhner lists a number of herbal apothecaries that he likes for the tinctures.
As an added bonus in the book, Buhner provides his favorite sources for the herbal preparations mentioned in the book. This list of herbal anti-virals is by no means final, as there are perhaps hundreds more, such as ginger, Olive Leaf, Garlic, Artemisinin, Berberine, Monolaurin, Humic Acid, Lactoferrin, colostrum etc.
One should remember the importance of replenishing vitamin C and selenium levels in the critically ill patient with pneumonia as discussed in my previous article. A good Vitamin D level prevents viral infection as mentioned in my previous article.
Jeffrey Dach MD