posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 05:38 PM
I remember well as a child, we were often given Licorice Root to chew on - I loved it and it was as cheap as chips. Lots of kids chewed on it.
Now the Lancet is reporting on how effective it is as an antiviral treatment:
TextIn the groundbreaking Lancet study, titled “Glycyrrhizin, an active component of liquorice roots, and replication of SARS-associated
coronavirus,” German researchers summarized their intention in the following manner: The [recent] outbreak of SARS warrants the search for antiviral
compounds to treat the disease.
At present time, no specific treatment has been identified for SARS-associated coronavirus infection. And here is what they found:
We assessed the antiviral potential of ribavirin, 6-azauridine, pyrazofurin, mycophenolic acid, and glycyrrhizin against two clinical isolates of
coronavirus (FFM-1 and FFM-2) from patients with SARS admitted to the clinical centre of Frankfurt University, Germany.
Of all the compounds, glycyrrhizin was the most active in inhibiting replication of the SARS-associated virus. Our findings suggest that glycyrrhizin
should be assessed for treatment of SARS. [emphasis added]
View Study Abstract Licorice’s potent antiviral properties are not limited to SARS-associated coronaviruses, but have also been studied in
connection with another epidemic/pandemic capable and potentially lethal virus: influenza.
TextEven more remarkable, when the splenic T cells from the glycyrrhizin-treated mice were transferred to mice exposed to the same lethal doses of
influenza virus, 100% survived, compared to 0% for the control mice inoculated with naive T cells or splenic B cells and macrophages from
The researchers discovered that glycyrrhizin’s powerful, life-sparing effects against lethal doses of influenza were a result of the compound
increasing interferon gamma production by T cells. In order to fully understand these findings, we must look at the question of safety first. Licorice
is still commonly perceived as a “dangerous herb,” due to its ability to stimulate blood pressure elevations in susceptible individuals when
consumed excessively; but considering the relatively higher toxicity of most drugs, this perception must be taken with a grain of sea salt.
On the other hand, it is important to exercise caution when using licorice, or any herb, for medicinal purposes, and ideally obtaining the assistance
of a medical herbalist who can work with conventional health practitioners, whenever possible.
How nature provides all we need! The article has lots of info for those wanting to follow it up.
I also thought perhaps this would be useful information for the Survival Forum too - anyway, just thought you guys would find this both interesting
and encouraging, given all the well warranted fear of vaccines as of late.