Natural Home Cures Viral Infections
Any infection caused by a virus.
Symptoms of viral infection vary, but typically include fever, generalized aches, chills, fatigue, and symptoms that are specific for that virus. For example, the cold virus usually produces mucus in the nose and throat, the mononucleosis virus produces severe fatigue and, sometimes, liver enlargement, and the polio virus produces paralysis. Symptoms can be chronic or short-lived, depending on the type of virus, as well as the individual's level of immune function. In some cases, such as HIV, viral infections can be life-threatening.
Types: There are many different types (literally hundreds) of infectious viruses, such as cold and flu viruses, herpes viruses, HIV, etc. Proper treatment lies in determining which type of virus is affecting the system so that it can be effectively dealt with.
Viruses are naturally occurring microorganisms. They are most commonly spread through respiratory routes and bodily fluids, such as blood and semen. Once they gain a foothold in the body, viruses seek to replicate themselves and then spread to others. Sneezing, touching, and eating infected foods are some of the more common ways in which viruses travel from one person to another.
Note: Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics.
Herbs: Useful herbs for treating viral infections include echinacea, goldenseal, astragalus cayenne, and ginger root.
Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Calendula, Chamomilla, Belladonna, Merc sol., and Sulfur.
Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, hipbaths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
Juice Therapy: Carrot, celery, beet, and garlic is an excellent tonic for dealing with viral infections.
Nutritional Supplementation: The most important nutrient for viral infections is vitamin C taken in therapeutic doses (500-5,000 mg). Other recommended nutrients include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B complex, panothenic acid, garlic capsules, zinc, proteolytic enzymes taken between meals, acidophilus, raw thymus glandular, lysine, cysteine, olive leaf extract, and quercetin.