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Viruses and immune health are at the heart of world concern these days. Viruses work by entering cells, hijack their molecular machinery, make copies of itself and move on out to infect again. They are prone to mutate, so antivirals are not that effective unless using two or more.

Here is some wisdom from reputable Herbalists:

David Christopher from the School of Natural Healing:
“The first line of defense for your immune system is the thin layer of mucus that covers and protects all tissues that line the entrance orifices of your body. Macrophages and other white blood cells can enter this thin layer of mucus and devour invading viruses and present the invader’s genetic code to T-helper cells that activate T-Killer cells. This signaling is accomplished through the chemical messenger Interleukin-1. This immune activating signal also elevates the body temperature set-point, triggering a fever. This life-saving mechanism amplifies the immune response and impairs the invading viruses….As the immune system kicks into high gear the mucus thickens with the debris of destroyed viruses and damaged white blood cells. At this point, we encourage expectoration. We boil a pan of water, remove it from the heat, spray into the boiled water certain essential oils, which are contained in Dr. Christopher’s M.P.R formula and inhale the steam and MPR deep into our sinuses and lungs, which stimulates coughing and blowing the waste out of our bodies.”[1]

James Duke, PhD. in his book, Green Pharmacy states:
“ Antibiotics are generally useless against viruses; …several herbs used in traditional herbal medicine have scientifically documented antiviral effects. They are what I use when I have colds, flu, and other viral infections.” 

Echinacea “Echinacea fights viruses in two ways. It contains three compounds with specific antiviral activity- caffeic acid, chicoric acid and echinancin. Root extracts of echinacea have also been shown to act like interferon, the body’s own antiviral compound. In addition, echinacea is an immune stimulant that helps the body defend itself against viral infection more effectively.”

Astragalus- “In one small Chinese study, ten people whose heart muscles were infected by Coxsackie B virus, which causes the heart inflammation known as myocarditis, received injections of astragalus extract for three to four months. The activity of their natural killer cells, a component of the immune system, rose 11 to 45 percent. They also showed increased levels of alpha and gamma interferon, the body’s own antiviral compounds.” 

Garlic- “Several of the sulfur compounds in garlic are active against the flu virus”, according to Heinrich Koch, PhD., professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and biopharmaceutics and Larry Lawson, Ph.D., a research scientist. Jane Guiltinan, N.D., suggests up to 12 fresh cloves a day. 

Duke’s other antiviral herbs:

  • goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) 
  • dragons blood (Croton lechleri)
  • juniper (Juniperus species)
  • lemon balm (Melissa officinalis
  • licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • shitakemushroom (Lentinus edodes) 
  • eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • forsythia (Forsythia suspensa) 
  • ginger (Zingiber officinale). [2]

Dr. John R. Christopher, states:
“The best insurance in the world against any flu epidemics, plagues, or killing diseases is to have your body in a good healthy condition. Disease germs are merely scavengers and can live only on toxins, mucous and residue from junk foods. They cannot and will not damage healthy cell structure. This is key to health-keep your body clean by avoiding mucus forming foods, and bacteria and viruses will pass you by. They will want nothing to do with your body because it will be so clean and have no filth for them to live on. If a plague or some other epidemic hits before you are in a healthy condition, it is good to use the Anti-Plague formula as an aid for fast cleaning.”[3]

By understanding and wisdom, we do not have to Fear. We can move forward and get through this epidemic and become wiser and healthier.  At Herbs4You, we have several formulas that can help strengthen the body from viruses. 

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Amy Willis

[1] Christopher, David. “03-04-2020 – Doomsday For Coronavirus”. Archive.Aweber.Com, 2020, Accessed Mar 2020.
[2] Duke, James A. The Green Pharmacy. Rodale, 200

 [3] Christopher, John R. School Of Natural Healing. Christopher Publications, 2014.

About the Author

Amy Willis M.H.

Master Herbalist
Amy is the Owner and Founder of Herbs4You. She is a Master Herbalist from the School of Natural Healing. Amy has 30 years experience with herbs and 15 years experience muscle testing.