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.
Echinacea prevents the flu virus from being able to bind to the surface of our cells.
As 2015 comes to a close and you all get ready to spend some quality time with your families over the holiday period, I thought I would take a moment to thank you for being part of the VM Study Group community over the past year, reminisce about what we have accomplished together and drop a few hints about what we can all look forward to in the year to come…