While our practices are closed learning as much as we can about the pathophysiology and effects the coronavirus has on the viscera will better prepare us for when we reopen our practices.
The theory is that, since essential oils are lipophilic, they are able to disrupt the viral membrane or “interfere with viral envelope proteins involved in host cell attachment.”
It has been demonstrated that coronavirus, which does all of its main activity inside the cell, requires certain membrane receptors in order to enter into the cell. These receptors require calcium ion channels, which are referred to as TRPs.
Of all the compounds tested for antiviral activity (some were drugs) glycyrrhizin out performed, by leaps and bounds, and presented with the least amount of adverse effects.
The researchers discovered that in cells pretreated with Sambucus nigra combined with treatment of the cells post-infection had a synergistic effect of reducing viral titers in the cells three orders of magnitude. This was much more effective than treating once the infection had occurred.
It is becoming clear that the majority of people who contract COVID-19 do not progress to a severe respiratory condition. However, for those who are healthy and will survive this there are almost as many people who will struggle and may even develop severe and critical complications. We must do everything we can not only to protect ourselves but more importantly to protect others who may not do as well with COVID-19.
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Echinacea prevents the flu virus from being able to bind to the surface of our cells.
Elderberry and Licorice act against the flu virus in different ways.
Ginseng has powerful antiviral effects and has been supported in numerous studies.
NAC, Glutathione and Vitamin D are research supported elements to support immune function.
Diet, nutrients, herbs and other alternative approaches to flu prevention and recovery are solidly based in research.