Viruses are smart, mutating and becoming resistant to antiviral pharmaceuticals. Global crises such as SARS and dengue fever spread more quickly than we can develop medicines to fight them, and every season there are new flu strains that challenge the effectiveness of vaccines.
Build your immunity and protect yourself with broad-spectrum herbal treatments. Stephen Harrod Buhner profiles the plants that have proven most effective in fighting viral infections and provides in-depth instructions for preparing and using formulations to address the most common infections and strengthen your immunity, safely and naturally.
This book takes a look at viruses through a lens that a Permie can really get behind! The book begins by explaining why viruses are not an evil entity, but an elegant and integral part of natural systems. He briefly covers the history of pandemics and what modern cultures are facing, why these viruses emerge, and what we can learn from past pandemics. He briefly reviews how virus interact with the immune system and at what stages of viral infections that herbal medicines (and pharmaceutical) can intervene. He also gives his recommendations for herbal treatment regimes for viral infections specific to the different stages of the infection and the severity of the illness.
But that's only the start! The book then dives into each medicinal herb to give:
- Name and Family/Species Used
- Part(s) Used
- Preparation and Dosage
- Side Effects and Contraindication
- Herb/Drug Interactions
- Habitat & Appearance
- Cultivation & Collection
- Plant Chemistry
- Traditional Uses
- Scientific Research
One of the most impressive part of this book is its bibliography! The bibliography is over 50 pages in tiny font! It references the scientific articles by herb!
The reason this book is not 10 out of 10 is that it may be very dense reading for someone who does not have a background in biology, chemistry, or plant physiology. However, the references are there to guide you in your self-education.
This book and its partner "Herbal Anitbiotics" I recommend as your next home staple!