Herbal Medicines Found to Inhibit Influenza

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“New research from Japan and China have confirmed that certain medicinal herbs and their constituents have the ability to directly inhibit influenza as well as stimulate the body’s own immune system in order to counteract the flu virus.”

The most recent finding is from China’s Northwest A&F University. The researchers tested two different herbs that are known in Chinese Medicine to inhibit viruses: Fructus forsythiae (also called Forsythia or Lian Qiao) and Lonicera japonica (also called Suikazura, Jinyinhua and Japanese Honeysuckle).  They found that these two herbs, and fifty of their constituents – phytochemicals that were isolated from them – significantly inhibited the replication of the viruses.

Another recent study, from Shandong University’s School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has determined similar results with another plant, Polygonum nepalense (also called Napal smartweed). Polygonum nepalense is also known for effectively treating influenza. The researchers found that six polyphenols within the herbs – kaempferol, glucopyranoside,quercetin, pyrogallol, [garlic] acid and epipinoresinol – all effectively reduced infective inflammation.

The ability of these herbs and their phytochemicals stimulates the body’s own immunity, allowing the body to be able to more effectively fight off the infection.  The study of herbal medicine at present is only hitting the tip of the iceberg where the majority of the population around the world use various traditional medicines.

The U.S. influenza epidemic of 2013 has taken the lives of many, and hospitalized thousands. Most of those have been characterized as being immunosuppressed – their immune systems were weakened, either another infection or by a general lack of immunity.

The role of herbs in this and any other epidemic is to stimulate the immune system to respond to these infective viruses.

According to a Native American Legend of Lomatium dissectum, Ernst Krebs, M.D. of Carson City, Nevada, observed that the Washoe Indians seemed to recover quickly and avoid the plague of the 1918 Influenza epidemic by taking an herbal medicine called “Toh-sa.”  It was later named Leptotaenia dissecta and then Lomatium dissectum by botanists.

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Reference:

The above information is from an article entitled, “Research Confirms Herbal Medicines Inhibit Influenza” , excerpts from Case Adams, PhD, a California Naturopathic Doctor, who focuses on science-based natural health solutions.  He has published 20 books on natural health.  His work can be located at:  http://www.caseadams.com; also located on GreenMedInfo.com

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