Originally published May 29 2008
Chinese Medicine: The Powerful Heat Clearing Anti-Viral Herbs
by Christopher Gussa, citizen journalist
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(NaturalNews) The Heat Clearing Class of herbs is definitely not at all a Tonic Class but a true medicinal energy and direct healing classification of herbs. This Classification of herbs (as taught in the Shanghai College Of Traditional Chinese Medicine) has 5 sub classes -- see Chinese herb classification chart here: (http://plantcur.startlogic.com//Chi...) . Most of these powerful Anti Viral herbs mentioned in this article are from the "Heat Clearing – Detoxifying" and "Heat Clearing – Blood Cooling" sub classes.
In ancient times there was certainly no microscopic knowledge of germs and not even a scientific understanding of infections. There was, however an understanding of heat (Fever) and "toxins" (What ever they were) in the blood. What is so very interesting is the discovery of actual powerful germ killing, viral destroying actions that these herbs were later proven by science to have possessed.
There is a formula of six Chinese herbs and one western herb for Anti-viral use that I, as a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Clinical Herbalist, have had extremely good success with. This is the most powerful "across the board" anti viral formula I have ever seen or used. It is also effective against a broad range of germs and bacterial infections.
The Chinese herbs in this formula are:
* Ban Zhi Lian (Chinese Barbed Skullcap - whole plant)
* Xia Ku Cao (Chinese Prunella Vulgaris - Flower Spikes)
* Da Qing Ye (Isatas or Chinese "Woad" leaves)
* Mu Dan Pi. (Root bark of the Mountain Tree Peony)
* Jin Qian Cao (Chinese Coin Grass),
There is also a small amount of Gan Cao (Chinese Licorice Root) added to make the herbs work together better as a unit and to extend the length of their action.
The final herb used is not Chinese at all but the root of a Western Rocky Mountain plant called "Osha" (Ligusticum porteri).
Anyone with knowledge of Chinese herbs and of tincturing them can make this formula. The herbs are all used in equal parts except for Gan Cao (Chinese Licorice) which is about ¼ of a part (adding each together from separately tinctured herbal liquids). I must warn you; this tastes quite bad and is very bitter so I always recommend a glass of water or juice as a chaser! The dose can be a teaspoon to up to a tablespoon 2-3 times a day when working on first signs of an acute infection.
Let's take a look at these herbs one by one.
Ban Zhi Lian:
A True Heat Clearing herb, this Barbed Skullcap is now used in many modern Chinese formulas against cancer. The western use of Skullcaps are thought of mostly as a Nerve Relaxing herb (Which it does do a very good job at) but many people have failed to note it's knick-name often found next to it in many American herbals, "Mad Dog Weed". This is because of an early American success (Early 1800s - Dr. Van Derver) with it being used against the Rabies Virus in both animals and man, (http://www.henriettesherbal.com/ecl...) .
It turns out that most any of the many varieties of Skullcap around the world have a strong Anti-viral action. It also lowers fever quite effectively and can bring down seriously high blood pressure very quickly (in high doses).
Xia Ku Cao:
This Chinese Prunella Vulgaris is much more potent than it's American cousin (the flower spikes are 5-6 times longer for one thing). This is a strong heat clearing herb used to relieve fevers, headache, and high blood pressure. It is known for being highly effective in liver problems associated with jaundice and has been shown to work well against many forms of herpes.
Da Qing Ye:
This extremely powerful Heat Clearing herb is perhaps the most directly anti-viral (in the western way of thought) of the Chinese herbs. It was one of the first herbs to be used for removing "toxins of the blood" which was very close to an understanding of "germ theory" only 2,000 years earlier! Even the Traditional Chinese Teachings say its main indications are: "Epidemic febrile diseases with heat invading the blood". This herb has an extremely cold energy and a very bitter taste. Da Qing Ye is extremely fast acting and seems to help activate other herbs in formulas that contain it.
Mu Dan Pi:
This Heat Clearing root bark is also associated with epidemic febrile diseases of the blood and is now shown to be effective against a broad range of germs by modern science (as if we ever needed modern science). The part that science may never grasp is that the Yin and Yang energies of the body are often affected in diseases and this must be addressed. It is within these energies that herbal TCM works -- I just don't think they well ever get it.
In the case of Mu Dan Pi, this herb is most effective when the yin is damaged (noted by heavy night-time fever). This herb is also often used in normalizing Menstruation as its over all effect on the blood is very profound.
Jin Can Cao
This herb is not classified as a Heat Clearing herb but as a diuretic or "Herbs for Excreting Dampness". It is almost miraculous in its ability to remove and break up both urinary stones and gall stones. Its ability to remove large solids is a reflection of what it can remove on a microscopic scale as well. Although not fully understood how it works at this, it has been shown to relieve jaundice and normalize many liver conditions, especially those that are associated with viruses, including hepatitis C.
The last major anti-viral herb in this formula is the American Osha Root. This is heat clearing but accomplished with heat itself through sweating. I, myself, was cured of a terrible reoccurring viral pneumonia with this herb and it was in fact the healing from this herb that caused me to make the decision to become an herbalist.
It is noted in a few old medical books (The ones that weren't burned) that many of the Arapaho Indians kept alive and well during the 1918 Flu Epidemic with the use of this herb and that they had cured quit a few white folks with it as well. You can bet the AMA did not want to hear that!
This "Viral Defense" formula
(http://plantcures.com/herbsforherpe...) is a real life saving treasure for anyone's medicine cabinet especially during a Flu epidemic. It is also one example of a great alternative to any of the new "Designer Viruses" with their "accompanying vaccinations". I would never fear any "Avian Flu" or anything else they would try to throw at us as long as I had this formula on hand.
Remember, this is not a "tonic" formula to boost the Immune system and protect you from what ever may come your way. There are other great things for that such as Reishi Mushroom and Huang Qi extract.
"Viral Defense" is not to be taken daily on a tonic basis but only during the first signs of infection, when visiting someone with a very contagious disease, or to use semi-long term (2-3 months at a time) on a chronic infection. This is something to keep on hand to take at the first sign of a viral flu or illness coming on. It will almost always "knock it out" over-night if caught early. Also many people have had great success with it against Shingles, Hepatitis C, and such things as Genital Herpes and even a few extreme life threatening viruses. I have watched this formula completely cure the "Croup" in children and adults in 24 hours or less! This is indeed the perfect example of a very powerful extremely effective Chinese/Western herbal medicine.
About the author Christopher Gussa founded Plant Cures Inc. which handcrafts over 150 Serious Herbal Medicine Products for Specific Disorders all created through clinical application. Their products are for Serious Disease and also Powerful Tonic Health. Please visit Plant Cures at WWW.PLANTCURES.COM or call them at 1-800 979 2027
Christopher Gussa is a formulator of Natural Medicine. He is also a TCM practitioner and Certified Master / Clinical Herbalist for 30 years. He is certified in both Western Herbal Therapy and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Chris Gussa: "Plant Cures is currently working with over 9,000 medicinal plants to bring about healing through the true science of combining the whole energies of whole plants. A plants energy is from its whole part. (flowers, fruit, leaves, stems, roots etc) While the "science" of seeing some of the isolated molecular constituents in food and herbs can be interesting at times, there is no "one magic ingredient" in any plant. (You would think it would be science trying to tell you this type of logic, instead of me) But no! They would rather play this childish game of trying to find the "Pot of gold" in a plant so they can synthesize it and dazzle the FDA with a "New Drug" that will most likely cause the usual death and destruction!
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