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Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections

Take control of your health with herbal antivirals. As traditional medications become less effective against today’s potent and aggressive viruses, natural alternatives are proving capable of fighting off many common viral threats. Stephen Harrod Buhner offers in-depth instructions on how to prepare and use herbal formulations to prevent and treat infections such as SARS, influenza, and encephalitis. These natural remedies will fight off disease and strengthen your immune system, keeping your


Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine: Home-Crafted Remedies for Health and Beauty

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The Modern Guide to Using Herbs and Essential OilsYou don’t have to identify with the goddess or Earth Mother labels to get going with holistic treatments for your everyday health needs. If you already buy organic produce, make an effort to eat whole foods, and tend to choose Method products over Windex, it only makes sense that that you’d approach your health, wellness, and beauty regimen with a similarly all-natural approach.Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine inspires you to easily and afforda

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4 Comments on "#holistic Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections"

  1. 172 of 173 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A solid work of research and clinical practice. I simply love this book!, September 27, 2013
    Tauocaros (Miami, FL) –

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    The great complement to Herbal Antibiotics. With those two books you are very much set as far as protecting your body from infections. Stephen Buhner has done excellent researches for this book again. The book ends with 50 pages of bibliography p. 333 to 385. For example, he is offering 42 references on Lomatium Dissectum (I have a thing for that root!).
    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!
  2. Jeffrey Dach MD | October 5, 2018 at 8:20 am |
    54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Herbal Antivirals Are More Effective Than Drugs – This is the Definitive Book, February 26, 2017
    Jeffrey Dach MD (Hollywood, FL USA) –

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    Herbal AntiVirals By Stephen Harrod Buhner

    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

  3. 39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Disappointed, January 11, 2017

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    This review is from: Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine: Home-Crafted Remedies for Health and Beauty (Paperback)
    I liked the descriptions of the herbs used in this book but was very disappointed with the recipes which make up most of the book. I was hoping for more recipes for common ailments but this book covers some weird things like how to recover from getting fired or a pet dieing or a fender bender or ptsd. I wanted more common and relatable thing to treat.
  4. christine laskero | October 5, 2018 at 9:27 am |
    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Heal Thyself!, August 25, 2015
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    This review is from: Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine: Home-Crafted Remedies for Health and Beauty (Paperback)
    I really enjoyed reading this book. I love to use fresh herbs in cooking and I like the idea of home-crafted remedies but I have never actually tried using essential oils to make a product that I could use. After reading this book, I feel very well-equipped to begin experimenting with herbal medicine. If you are as new to this as I am, you will learn as much as I did from the introduction. It explains the history of using plants as medicine as well as everything you need to know in order to purchase the best essential oils. Online resources are included for sourcing the best ingredients.

    There are at least a dozen categories of preparations you can make from poultices to balms, masks, and scrubs. But wait. Part Two is the best part of the book. It describes each of the Fabulous Five. These are the five herbs considered to be “super healers”. You will learn why it’s essential, an interesting history fact about it as well as how to grow it, details regarding its’ medicinal and cosmetic use, and the application method. And then, the same information is given for the Thirty Worthy, herbs that you will come back to again and again.

    The third part of the book are recipes for treatments that are categorized according to a wide range of common ailments such as split ends, psoriasis, nervous tension, and constipation just to name a few.

    I will return to this book and over and over again as I begin to experiment with herbal medicine. I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion and I give it 5 stars.

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