Plants have been credited with having antiviral and immune-stimulating properties dating back centuries to Ancient Egypt and China where they were used regularly as natural remedies for all sorts of ailments.
Today, studies show that many plants not only have antiviral properties but can also increase the body’s endurance and resistance to a range of biological, chemical and physical stressors.
Unlike prescription medicines, whose list of potential side effects can be long – antiviral herbal plants and adaptogens often have little to no side effects.
Adaptogens represent one category of herbs that help the body adapt to a variety of physical, biological, emotional and environmental stressors. Adaptogens help strengthen the body’s resilience to stressors on a cellular level.
What makes adaptogens unique is that they:
- Cause no harm or additional stress on the body
- Help the body adapt to many and varied environmental and psychological stresses
- Do not have a specific action on the body; supporting all major systems like the nervous system, hormonal system, and immune system.
Adaptogens benefit the immune system by stimulating a specific white blood cell called a macrophage.
Macrophages are a first line of defense in eating up or destroying pathogens in the blood and clearing invaders from our system.
Supplementing adaptogens have been found to inhibit viral replication by interfering with the early events of viral adsorption and entry into target cells.
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Camelia Sinensis – Green Tea Extract
Green tea (Camelia sinensis) has long been known to be a powerful antiviral and anti-infective plant that benefits the immune system.
Green tea is often used topically for genital warts, and can also be used topically in treatments of cervical dysplasia.
Orally, green tea intake has been associated with a decreased risk of cancer through its powerful antioxidant effects. It contains polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids, which are protective anti-cancer compounds.
Green tea extract provides antiviral activities through active compounds called epigallocatechingallate (EGCG), which have been found to play a critical role in cancer chemoprevention, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, and other biochemical disorders.
Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus) could be your best friend when you’re looking to stop a virus from multiplying.
This powerful immune modulator has been used for centuries to promote resilience in the body. Recent studies have shown this herb’s impact on halting the growth of abnormal cells.
Astragalus does this by stimulating the immune system through enhancing the activity of our natural killer cells and killer t-cells. These immune molecules attack and neutralize invading pathogens in the body.
Astragalus also plays a role in the adaptive immune response, stimulating production of white blood cells, antibodies, and production of interferons, which respond to viral invaders.
Ganoderma Lucidum – Reishi Mushrooms
Ganoderma lucidum, more commonly known as Reishi mushroom, has been celebrated for its antiviral properties for more than 2000 years.
Reishi mushroom is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is tied to longevity, improved immune function and mental clarity — perhaps that’s why they’ve adopted the nickname “King of mushrooms.” Clinical studies have shown that the use of these medicinal mushrooms has dramatically impacted the clearance rate of HPV, both genital and oral.
Reishi is considered an adaptogenic herb. It contains two protein-bound polysaccharides effective against viruses like herpes simplex and HPV by inhibiting viral replication and adsorption into target cells.
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- Lyu, Ling, et al. “Effects of Astragalus injection on cervical immortalized epithelial cell growth and its cell cycle regulation mechanism.” Journal of Hainan Medical University 22.4 (2016): 17-20.
- Donatini, Bruno. “Control of Oral Human Papillomavirus (HPV) by Medicinal Mushrooms, Trametes versicolor and Ganoderma lucidum: A Preliminary Clinical Trial.” International journal of medicinal mushrooms 16.5 (2014).
- Hernandez-Marquez, Eva, et al. “Inhibitory activity of Lingzhi or Reishi medicinal mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum (Higher Basidiomycetes) on transformed cells by Human Papillomavirus.” International journal of medicinal mushrooms 16.2 (2014).