There are innumerable different viruses which cause mild to severe infections like the common cold, flu, hepatitis, mononucleosis, chickenpox, herpes and bird flu. A virus cannot exist on its own. It requires a host to subsist on. It attaches itself by its tiny protein spikes to the membrane surface of human cells and then it invades the cell where it begins to replicate.
After replicating, the newly formed viruses are released from the host cell to infect the other cells in the body. The host cell is destroyed when the viruses are released from it. Some viruses do not leave the body at all but lie in a dormant state inside its cells only to become reactive when the immune system is weakened or compromised and cause a fresh bout of infection. Herbs are an excellent and effective way of killing the virus at its root.
Effective Herbs For Viral Infections
Licorice is a very common herb widely used all over the world to treat and cure innumerable diseases and disorders. It is especially very good for treating herpes, flu and hepatitis. It has potent antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties which can eradicate the virus quickly and effectively and bring relief in the pain and other symptoms of the disease. Pound the root of licorice coarsely. Boil a cup of water and steep one teaspoon of the pounded root into it for ten minutes. Strain the tea and drink two to three cups of it daily. You can also pop a piece of the root into your mouth and keep sucking onto it slowly for as long as possible.
This annual herb also known as kalamegha is widely used in ayurvedic medicine. It possesses strong antiviral properties. It also has anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which cure diseases like the flu, hepatitis and sinusitis.
It is also very helpful in HIV infections. Its valuable compounds inhibit the virus from attaching it self to the cell membrane and from invading the cell and replicating there. They also strengthen the immune system and stimulate the production of antibodies. Take a cup of hot water and steep one teaspoon of andrographis paniculata powder into it for ten minutes and drink this mixture with your midday meal.
Garlic has very strong antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties which are very effective in curing almost every disease and ailment. Its antioxidant properties not only scavenge all the pathogens and drive them out of the body but also boost the immune system and enhance its function. The best way to gain the maximum benefit of garlic’s medicinal properties is to chop two to three cloves of garlic and swallow it instantly with some water every morning on an empty stomach.
Elderberry has been used since time unknown for its powerful antiviral properties. The flavonoids found in elderberry are very strong antioxidants which inhibit the virus from replicating and causing cell damage. Adults should take 60 ml of elderberry extract everyday. Children should be given 30 ml of elderberry extract daily.