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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 glycyrrhizin-treated mice.
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.
Originally posted by Nucleardiver
Another great natural anti-viral that is often overlooked is Garlic. I may be wrong but I think garlics anti-viral properties are even better than that of licorice. Everytime I feel a cold or the flue coming on I get out the garlic cloves and press and press about 4 cloves and start eating them. Usually by the next day I feel great and have never been down for any amount of time with illness since I started taking it.
You have to allow the garlic to be expossed to the air in slices or pressed for about 10 minutes before eating. Apparently oxygen reacts with the Allicin in garlic and it is not as effective if you do not allow it to sit for a few minutes before ingesting. Garlic is also a great antibiotic and antifungal, medical research has even shown that it is capable of killing MRSA.
There are literally thousands of natural cures and remidies in the natural world, we have to remember that the drugs that big pharma peerless are nothing more than synthetic copies of natures cures with a lot worse side effects. Thankfully I have an aunt that is a Osteopathic/Naturopathic Dr and I get a lot of info from her.