DIET & HERBS THAT WILL CURE VIRUSES, like Cold Sores, Herpes, Flu or SHINGLES or coming to a person near you, SWINE FLU!
Shingles is chicken pox returned to haunt you. Like that most common of
childhood illnesses, shingles is caused by the herpes virus. After chicken
pox clears up, the virus remains in the body, lying dormant in nerve cells.
For reasons that remain a mystery, it can reemerge decades later as
shingles. You know how cold sores do that? Also a herpes virus.
Symptoms include a painful rash that usually appears on the torso or face.
After a few days, chicken poxlike blisters form, then they crust over and
eventually heal after two or three weeks. So far it sounds a lot like the
childhood disease. In about half of those who develop shingles, however, the
pain persists for months and sometimes years. This is called postherpetic
neuralgia. Frequently, the pain is quite severe.
Shingles is especially common in people over 60 or those with poor immune
function, such as people who are undergoing cancer chemotherapy. If you
develop shingles, you should see your doctor immediately for treatment.
Green Pharmacy for Shingles
Nature has given us several herbs that can help treat viral illnesses. If I
developed shingles, or coldsores, I would try any of these approaches.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). Herbalists recommend many
herbs that are members of the mint family, especially lemon balm, or
melissa, to treat herpes. There's good reason for this. Lemon balm has been
proven to have some effect on viruses of the herpes family. Varro Tyler,
Ph.D., dean and professor emeritus of pharmacognosy (natural product
pharmacy) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, suggests
usinglemon balm to treat viral infections.
Herpes cold sores are caused by a virus that behaves much like the virus
that causes shingles; in fact, both viruses belong to the same genus. In one
well-designed study of 116 people with herpes sores, alemon balm cream
healed the sores substantially better than an inactive cream (a placebo).
One European anti-herpes product contains 700 milligrams of lemon balm leaf
extract per gram of cream-based ointment. It has been shown to shorten the
healing time of herpes sores by several days. You can achieve a similar
effect, according to Dr. Tyler, from a tea made with two teaspoons of dried
leaf per cup of boiling water. Apply the tea directly to the rash with a
cotton pad several times daily.
For shingles, I'd suggest trying a mixed mint tea made with lots of lemon
balm plus any other mints that you have on hand: hyssop, oregano,
peppermint, rosemary, sage, self-heal, spearmint or thyme. Put a little
licorice in the tea as well. Such a beverage would contain quite a few
antiviral, anti-herpetic compounds. I suggest drinking the tea as well as
applying it directly to the rash.
Lemon Balm This herb, a member of the mint family, helps combat herpes viruses.
Red pepper (Capsicum, various species). The fiery ingredient
in red pepper, capsaicin, is the hottest thing going for postherpetic
neuralgia. Capsaicin brings relief by blocking pain signals from nerves just
under the skin. Studies of an ointment containing capsaicin showed such good
results that a few years ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved
commercial creams such as Zostrix and Capzasin-P, which contain this
You can buy the commercial products if you want. But if you'd like to save
money, simply mix powdered red pepper into any white skin lotion until it
turns pinkish, then dab it on. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly
afterward so that you don't get pepper in your eyes or on other sensitive
areas. And test it on a small area of skin first; if it causes irritation,
Baikal skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis). The root of this
plant, powdered and mixed with water, was used as a folk treatment for
shingles in China. It has known antiviral activity, so I think this is worth
Chinese angelica (Angelica sinensis). Also known as dang-quai,
this herb is revered in Asia as the best herb for menstrual problems and
other women's health concerns. In addition, the Chinese have used the
powdered root successfully to treat shingles. It can be used in tea or
tincture. (Do not take this herb if you are pregnant, however.)
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Leading naturopath Joseph
Pizzorno, N.D., president of Bastyr University in Seattle and co-author of
The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, reports seeing people with shingles
whose pain and inflammation cleared up within three days following
application of a licorice ointment on painful areas. Licorice contains
several antiviral and immune-boosting compounds and seems to be a rational
choice. If I had shingles, I'd drink a weak tea and apply a strong tea
directly to the rash.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata). Passionflower is a mild
tranquilizer, which is not a bad idea if you are being driven to distraction
by the pain of shingles. But it also has reputed activity against
postherpetic neuralgia. I suggest adding some to lemon balmlicorice tea.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamotia) and other essential oils. If you
enjoy aromatherapy, you might apply a few drops of essential oils that have
been recommended for treating shingles. They include bergamot, camomile,
eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon and teatree oil. Since some
full-strength essential oils can be irritating to the skin, dilute them by
adding several drops to a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil and apply
them directly to painful areas. (Never ingest essential oils, as even a
small amount can be toxic.)
Pear (Pyrus, various species). Pear juice is rich in antiviral
caffeic acid. I'd drink it and eat lots of pears if I had shingles.
Purslane (Portulaca oleracea). This herb has a folk reputation
in China for treating herpes. It's a delicious vegetable that's great when
steamed like spinach. It's worth a try.
Soybean (Glycine max) and watercress (Nasturtium officinale).
Research by Jean Carper, author of Food: Your Best Medicine, suggests that
taking two 500-milligram tablets of the amino acid lysine three or four
times a day might help relieve shingles symptoms. This is known to prevent
herpes sores emerging, whether oral or genital.
If that's true, I'd also suggest simply eating more watercress and soybeans. In
my database, these are the foods highest in lysine--2.7 percent on a
dry-weight basis. Other foods containing lysine, in descending order of
potency, include black bean sprouts, carob, lentil sprouts, lentils,
spinach, velvet beans, peas, pumpkin seeds, asparagus, butter beans, Chinese
cabbage, fava beans,fenugreek and papaya.
You might even want to cook up some of my Lysine Soup. Use several of the
high-lysine beans and asparagus and flavor it with fenugreek, papaya and
lots of watercress. Onions, garlic as they taste good, chased down with some
olive leaf capsules? Perfect meal for any virus plagued person. And a headcold
is a VIRUS! And Swine Flu is too!
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