The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has left people scrambling for a treatment that can brace our immune system to the virus and ward off the infection effectively. As the pandemic keeps on claiming more victims around the world it forces numerous cities into a lockdown.
There's currently no official vaccine for the COVID-19. However, it's important to note that herbs have been used to treat viruses and infections for centuries, and Science has come around the corner only recently. In fact, herb Treatment was also used as a prevention against SARS - another Coronavirus that surfaced in the early 2000s (*).
If you're looking for alternative remedies to fortify your immune system against infections, we're here to help you out. In this article, we break down 6 Beneficial Herbs For The Coronavirus.
Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata), also known as ‘Indian echinacea’ or green chireta, is a herb found in south Asian countries like Sri Lanka and India. It has been used in ayurvedic medicine as well as traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. This herb can be effective in warding off infections because of its antiviral properties (*) - meaning it can kill a virus or at least suppress its ability to replicate, and therefore inhibit it from multiplying and reproducing in your body. This bitter-tasting herb is also abundant in compounds known as andrographolides, which are thought to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Although mostly used as a sweetener in beverages and candies - Licorice (also known as sweet root) is revered for its many medicinal benefits. The medical community has begun to be more accepting of the overall holistic benefits of this herb. Licorice is potentially useful in the fight against Coronavirus because of its antiviral properties. It has also been used to treat the SARS-group of the Coronavirus (*). Licorice is available in numerous forms, either containing deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) or glycyrrhizin.
Baikal skullcap is a species of flowering plants found in Korea, Mongolia, and parts of China. The root of the plant is used to make medicine. It is believed that there are active chemicals present in Baikal skullcap that have the ability to decrease inflammation, stop virus growth, and prevent virus reproduction - all of which comes in handy when it comes to fighting off infections. Moreover, this herb can be used to treat inflammation, liver problems, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, and numerous other conditions.
Japanese knotweed is a perennial plant from the knotweed family. This herb can be used as a remedy against viruses because it can block viral attachment to ACE-2 linkages: ACE-2 serves as the entry point into cells for many coronaviruses (*). In addition to this, Knotweed is also used to treat gingivitis, bronchitis and inflammation.
Danshen is a scarlet-red perennial herb that grows on sunny hillsides in China. Danshen's root is used to make medicine. The herb is effective in the fight against infections (*) because it promotes the production of antibodies and reduces the severity of the infection. In addition, Danshen is used to treat heart disease, chest pain (angina), high blood pressure, vision problems in people with diabetes (diabetic retinopathy), and numerous other conditions.
Perilla has always been used to treat seasonal allergies, and can be effective as a remedy against viruses (*) . This herb contains andrographis - compounds that rally the immune system to fight effectively against invaders. The herb can also be used to treat asthma, allergy symptoms and inflammation.