Herpes Warriors: Anti-Viral ComparisonsPosted: April 17, 2011 | |
(c) 2011, Written by Will Blesch
Well, I didn’t get to the issue of outdated U.S. patent law in this posting. But, I would like to cover, as mentioned in my previous post, issues concerning comparative side effects of pharmaceutical drugs versus alternative medicines.
I was thinking about it, and I thought it would be a good idea to narrow things down and scrutinize some major differences between anti-viral drugs and anti-viral, herbal supplements used to fight the Herpes Simplex family of viruses.
Without a doubt, conventional medicine has a place in the world. Its strengths are many, but so are its weaknesses.
One doesn’t need to be a medical researcher to take note of the many drugs on the market whose slick commercials tell you all about the drug’s benefits, and then in a rush briefly mention the myriad, potential side effects.
If we begin to explore just one area of research that both conventional as well as alternative medicines continue to investigate and then focus in on methods of reducing or eliminating viral loads within the human body, we can note several things at once.
It’s obvious that there are three methods used to combat most viral infections. Those methods include vaccinations, anti-viral medications and anti-viral supplements.
In beginning our comparison, let’s take a look at just one antiviral medication called Aciclovir or Acyclovir. Just for example. This drug is one of the most commonly-used antiviral drugs and is marketed under trade names such as Cyclovir, Herpex, Acivir, Acivirax, Zovirax, Aciclovir, and Zovir. It is used to treat most known species of the Herpes family of viruses.
Resistance to this drug can be seen in those whose immune systems are already under attack by HIV.
Although this is a commonly used drug known for its treatment of genital herpes, how many people also know that it is a chromosome mutagen?
Why in the world can’t the drug companies find something, or market something, a bit more natural? Why are they pushing things that mutate our chromosomes for goodness sake? Isn’t that a bit irresponsible?
“Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and/or headache are some of the common side effects for Acyclovir. In high doses, hallucinations have been reported. Infrequent adverse effects (0.1–1% of patients) include: agitation, vertigo, confusion, dizziness, oedema, arthralgia, sore throat, constipation, abdominal pain, hair loss, rash and/or weakness. Rare adverse effects ( <0.1% of patients) include: coma, seizures, neutropenia, leukopenia, crystalluria, anorexia, fatigue, hepatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis and/or anaphylaxis.” (Australian Medicines Handbook, 2006)
Maybe we could all take really high doses of Acyclovir, trip out, have our chromosomes mutated AND we’d reduce our genital herpes virus load! Boy that excites me. How about you?
No? Me either.
Compare this with antiviral supplements that contain Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis.) They have almost no side effects in comparison to pharmaceutically made drugs! Side effects, if any, have been linked to natural caffeine in the tea leaf.
The catechins (which belong to the flavanoid family) in green tea, “have various pharmacological properties including antioxidant, anticancer, bactericidal, and anti-inflammatory,” effects. They also, specifically, have been shown to fight Herpes Simplex Viruses 1 and 2.
“When flavonoids were applied at various concentrations to Vero cells infected by HSV-1 and 2, most of the flavonoids showed inhibitory effects on virus-induced CPE. Among the flavonoids, EC, ECG (flavanols), genistein (isoflavone), naringenin (flavanone), and quercetin (flavonol) showed a high level of CPE inhibitory activity.” – (Lyu SY, Rhim JY, Park WB. “Antiherpetic activities of flavonoids against herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) in vitro.” Archives of Pharmacal Research. 28, Nov. 2005)
Chemistry can be great…but, I think some significantly good things would come if there was money poured into paying for double blind clinical trials when it comes to more natural, authentic sources of healing!
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