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Prevent or Cure Covid-19 with Herbs

Everyone knows a Covid-19 vaccine is at least a year away and that otherwise there's no cure, right?

Actually, that's wrong. There is a cure, it's very effective, but no one gives it any thought, because it's alternative rather than conventional medicine.

Stephen Buhner is a distinguished herbalist and author of 23 books, among them Herbal Antibiotics and Herbal Antivirals (both Amazon bestsellers), along with several books on using herbs to treat Lyme and its coinfections, hepatitis C, and other illnesses, including coronavirus. His books typically include a reference list of 30-50 pages of studies cited.

The lead Amazon review for Herbal Antivirals is by Jeffrey Dach, MD, titled "Herbal Antivirals Are More Effective Than Drugs - This is the Definitive Book." He says, "Although modern medicine has made considerable progress in antiviral drug discovery such as Acyclovir for Herpes virus, most cultures and ethnic groups on the planet have successfully used anti-viral medicinal plants for thousands of years for prevention and treatment of a viral disease. The mechanism is fusion inhibition, which prevents attachment of the viral capsule to the host cell membrane, thus preventing entrance of virus into the cell where replication takes place."

He also says, "I must say the book is impressive for a number of reasons. One is the extensive reference to the medical literature as well as the ethnic herbal literature, pulling usually separated sources together."

In his books, Buhner discusses the three parts of herbal treatment for serious illnesses: attack the pathogens, strengthen the body's immunity, and support organs affected by the cytokine cascade (inflammatory response). Each uses a different combination of herbs.

Advantages of herbs are that they have fewer or no side effects compared to drugs and are generally less expensive. Also, in the case of Covid, they're here now we don't have to wait a year for a vaccine. And as Buhner points out, "because viral organisms (such as influenza) tend to continually rearrange their genome, new vaccines for things like the flu have to be made every year." So even when a vaccine becomes available, it may be of limited use, because the virus may have mutated. But the herbs will still be effective. Also, they keep indefinitely, and if you don't use them for Covid, they'll work for other viruses (and some bacterial infections).

Herbal Antivirals contains a section on "SARS and Coronaviruses" (pp. 5458), which Buhner has updated with an 80-page downloadable pdf monograph on his website, dated May 17, 2020: "Plant-Based Interventions for Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2)." It's a bit dense but well worth reading. His suggested protocol is on pp. 44-5 (formulas 1, 2, and 3) and is shown below.

Buhner recommends a dosage of 1 tsp 3x daily of each of the three formulas (1 tbsp total if the three are combined) as a preventative (only if you have "good reason to believe that the virus is entering your area"), or, for an active infection, 1 tsp of each 6x daily (1 tbsp total if the three are combined). However, herbal dosages can vary, depending on body weight and how you respond to them, so feel free to take more (especially at first) or less. And, of course, children take smaller dosages.

If you're "social distancing" at home and are asymptomatic, 3x daily is probably unnecessary. Personally, I take a dose if I'm going out and possibly when I get back, if I was around more than a few people. If you're around people all day, 3x might make sense but could get expensive. Carrying some in a small bottle in case you feel symptoms may be sufficient.

Tinctures are typically one-third or more alcohol, so if you're sensitive to alcohol, either add boiling water to the tinctures in a cup, to evaporate the alcohol, or let the tinctures sit in the cup for several hours until the alcohol evaporates, then add water.

Buhner's latest recommendations consist of three formulas to achieve the purposes mentioned above. They're available from some online herb pharmacies (search "coronavirus buhner protocol"), or you can buy the individual tinctures and make your own. Watch out for price gouging you shouldn't need to pay more than about $25-$35 per 4-ounce bottle. Not all pharmacies carry all the herbs needed.

Preferably use tinctures made from organic or wildcrafted herbs. The product page should specify this and where the herbs are from. If it doesn't, look elsewhere.

  • Antivirus formula: Baikal (Chinese) skullcap (3 parts), Isatis (2 parts), Kudzu (2 parts), Licorice (1 part).
  • Immune formula: Cordyceps (3 parts), Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) (2 parts), Rhodiola (1 part), Astragalus (1 part).
  • Cellular protection/cytokine modulation/ spleen-lymph support: Red sage (3 parts), Red root or Cleavers (2 parts), Bidens pilosa (1 part).