In far reaching continents like Asia, Africa and South America, blended botanicals are not only used in spiritual and cultural practices, these formulas are the pillar that has cured their ailments for centuries. Various floras have maintained their status around the world due to their reliable effectiveness and although refined pharmaceuticals are available in the vast majority of the modern world, many people still turn to alternative and complementary herbs and treatments in hopes to alleviate a disease or the unwanted side effects of their current medications.
With today’s technology, these herbal supplements are being refined, studied and blended for specific uses. Known as phytopharmaceuticals, plant compounds are purified, standardized and include bio active or phytochemical compounds from a variety of botanicals. They can be used internally or externally to treat, mitigate or prevent diseases and disorders.
Phytopharmaceuticals utilize the chemical compounds which develop as a result of the plant’s normal metabolic processes. They are classified as secondary metabolites and there are several categories including alkaloids, coumarins, flavonoids, gums, phenols, phytoestrogens, tannins, terpenes and terpenoids. As you can imagine, these isolates have various uses when extracted and brought forth into phytomedicines.
For example, salicylic acid was extracted and isolated from the meadowsweet plant (spiraea) and has long been the active ingredient in aspirin. While alkaloids and terpenes are known for their great medicinal uses, flavonoids, are not only powerful antioxidants, they contribute to the plant’s aetheroleum in a wide variety of complex aromas and yes, flavors.
In the 1970’s, female scientist and scholar of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Dr. Tu Youyou discovered the sesquiterpene, artemisinin. This isolated terpene was extracted from the aerial parts of the Artemisia plant and miraculously, it effectively inhibits the malaria parasite! In 2015 she won the Nobel Prize in medicine for this discovery and it is said that, “drugs based on artemisinin have led to the survival and improved health of millions of people.”
While malaria isn’t a global epidemic, some viruses are. The Coronavirus, is of course one, but the Epstein-Barr virus (EVB), according to Anthony William, is the root cause of multiple health problems and mystery ailments. Preliminary studies on extractions of terpenes and flavonoids from various strands of cannabis and other medicinally-recognized plant species are on the rise and show positive results when managing these viruses and other health concerns.
For centuries, communities around the world have turned to herbs for their medicinal properties and many of the same botanicals, such as cannabis, were prized for treating multiple ailments.
In Ayurveda, an alternative medicinal system, treatments for EBV and other viruses include many herbal remedies, but one staple in the blend is curcumin and it has recently become widely recognized in the West for its various health benefits. Derived from the turmeric plant, it is one of the many terpenes found in nature that provide unparallel healing qualities. In India, the main sources used in phytomedicines for treating viruses include turmeric, licorice, asparagus, guduchi, ashwagandha and cannabis. What a few of these plants have in common are key terpenes, eugenol andanethole.
According to the study, “In Vitro Evaluation of the Activity of Terpenes and Cannabidiol against Human Coronavirus E229,” (Life, March 29), some chemical compounds found in cannabis have the potential to prevent or treat Coronavirus. “The research studied the antiviral action of a proprietary formula of terpenes, which are natural volatile compounds found in many plants including cannabis.” A specific formulation was comprised and included a combination of 30 terpenes including beta-caryophyllene, eucalyptol and citral. A study found that CBD used with a proprietary blend of terpenes, proved promising as a treatment for cytokine in 19 COVID patients. The findings suggest that a proprietary blend of terpenes used with or without CBD could be effective to prevent coronavirus. Thus, it seems clear that the terpenes and other chemical compounds found in nature are the best resource for supporting if not fully treating many ailments including a wide variety of viruses!
It has become common knowledge that stress has a direct effect on the immune system, making the body weak and vulnerable to viruses and infections. As Anthony Williams discussed in the four stages of EBV, the last stage takes place when the body has given up the fight and at this point, he explains, that the virus moves to inflame the central nervous system! Reducing stress and finding ways to relax are vital when you’re ill. Many cannabis strains offer isolated terpenes, such as caryophyllene, myrcene and limonene, all which offer high value in their sedative, pain-reducing and anti inflammatory effects and can be combined to reduce stress without psychotic side effects.
In a recent Gallup poll, it was reported that 65% of U.S. adults are familiar with CBD and/or CBD products and another survey showed that one-third of Americans have put it to use in their health routine. It has taken some time for the West to embrace Eastern medicinal therapies, but now that they are going mainstream, custom-crafted terpene blends are being developed that will offer potent, full spectrum ingredients with vital adaptogens to fit specific needs. If you choose a natural path of healing or wish to enhance your existing treatment, ask for your doctor’s advice and recommendation.
Wishing you many blessings along the way, Mary Ann Merriman, investigating and reporting for bepainfreeglobal.com. Please visit the site, so you too can be pain free!
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