12 Mar 2020

CORONA VIRUS – Natural medicines: How can they help?

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CORONA VIRUS – Natural medicines: How can they help?

A number of herbal medicines and supplements promote enhanced immunity and create and help maintain healthy mucous membranes (the body’s first line of defence against germs).

Research has shown there are herbal medicines that help support immunity, and many are anti viral –  including Elderberry, Echinacea. Andrographis, Astragalus, Licorice root, Olive leaf, Reishi mushrooms, Maitake mushrooms.  Many such herbs have a long traditional history of use across many cultures to assist with defence against pathogens.

Common, easily accessible and affordable kitchen herbs with antiviral properties include Onion, Garlic, Basil, Sage, Rosemary, and Oregano. Sage Oil was found effective against SARS.

Supplements to help ensure optimal immune system and can be useful in the prevention of coronavirus infection include vitamin C (1gm 3 x day), vitamin D (2,000 IU day), zinc (20 mg day), magnesium (400 mg day), NAC, spirulina, beta-glucan, selenium (100 mcg day), lipoic acid, resveratrol, iodine, Bifidobacterium bifidum strain probiotics and seaweed extracts.

Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for decades. A professor from Zhongnan Hospital at Wuhan University in China is currently conducting a study treating coronavirus patients with high-dose vitamin C.

USE A HUMIDIFIER – Researchers found raising indoor humidity killed 85% of airborne flu virus within an hour, 100% within 24 hours. In dry air, the virus thrived for days.

KILLING VIRAL INFECTIONS WITH SODIUM BICARBONATE – The viruses and bacteria which cause bronchitis and colds thrive in an acidic environment. Keeping our pH in the slightly alkaline range of 6.8-7.2 can reduce the risk and lessen the severity of colds, sore throats and bouts of influenza. To increase the pH of the body sodium bicarbonate and a largely vegetarian diet.

  • Practice basic hygiene. Wash hands, and avoid touching the face.
  • Eat a nutritious diet of fresh vegies, fruit, legumes, nuts, seeds and protein.
  • Get a lot of sun and fresh air.
  • Avoid large crowds where possible.
  • Also, fear and anxiety are enemies of the immune system.

Why is Corona Virus spreading so quickly?

The reason COVID-19 is spreading so quickly is simply that it is a new virus the body does not recognise, and as such has little defence against.

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