To continue our review of flu viruses we cannot leave out the prominence of persistent or chronic viruses few people are talking about. Chronic viruses can be a complex topic that requires a lot more research. However, I will attempt to simplify this topic with solutions the Doctor of Chiropractic can offer. Homeopathy, nutrition, chiropractic and lifestyle can effectively correct, manage, prevent and enable your patients to live the highest quality of life.
Some chronic viral infections can be eventually cleared by the body, while other latent or slow viral infections will last the life of the host. However, these lifelong viral infections can be managed and minimalized to maintain a high quality of life. Viruses are much smaller in size than bacteria containing nothing but a protein coating wrapped around DNA. Viruses cannot reproduce on their own and antibiotics are useless against viruses. The Chickenpox Virus is an acute virus that can lie dormant within the body for several years and emerge as shingles. It is considered by some that the viral immunizations can do the same.
Common chronic viral infections can be passed on through the air, insects, needles, and sex. Common types of chronic viral infections are:
· Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) also known as Herpes Virus 3, Mono or Mononucleosis or the kissing disease,
· Human Papillomaviruses (HPV’s)
· Human Cytomegalovirus (CMV) can be particularly dangerous virus effecting many systems such as the brain, sinuses, retinas, esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver and skin
· Herpes Virus 5, Varicella-Zoster Virus, Chicken Pox/Shingles
· Measles Virus
· Human Herpesviruses 6 & 7, mostly an immune system virus
· Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 fever blister or cord sore
· Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2
· Prions, Digestive Enteroviruses, Reoviruses, Adenoviruses and Paroviruses, and more.
Many patients may not be aware that they have an underlying infection. The symptoms are commonly not fatal or incapacitating, and may be very subtle and vague. Many doctors may not know how to diagnose or treat these patients. The symptoms commonly seen in the subtle can include:
· Chronic Fatigue
· Emotional distress
· Foggy minded
· Recurring fevers
· Skin rashes
· Intestinal symptoms of a broad spectrum
· Chronic sinus drainage and symptoms
· Chronic recurring lung infections and symptoms
· Chronic yeast (Candida) infections
There are a number of experimental drugs being used along with vaccinations and interferon. Whether your patients use these approaches or not, your addition of homeopathy, nutrition and certain herbs can complement their care. Do be aware certain herbs can be contraindicated. However, homeopathy has been found to have no known contraindications and no known side effects, making homeopathy the safest adjunct to be used with other medications.
There are also certain chronic viruses that can lead to cancer. Human Papillomaviruses (HPV’s), HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Human Herpes Virus 8, Merkel Cell Polyomavirus (MCV), are commonly connected to specific cancers. Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) has been connected in very few cases.
Unfortunately, science has not found a way to eliminate chronic viruses. They bind themselves into our DNA and reproduce themselves. Integrative care is essential. Thorough diagnostic tests will help distinguish the viruses. Certain anti-viral prescriptions may be helpful. Homeopathic remedies, nutritional immune support and lifestyle are essential to manage and live the optimal life.
The following homeopathic remedies have been most helpful for chronic viruses:
Adrenalinum:(Adrenalin):Adrenal gland extract, the main active principle is an essential chemical messenger in the regulation of bodily activities. Adrenal malfunctioning is thought to be involved in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. (Murphy) Helpful for great loss of strength, rapid emaciation, general marked anemia. For apathy, nervousness, despondency, aversion to mental work, and difficulty concentrating. Useful in disorders of the adrenal gland due to physical or psychological stresses.
Ambra grisea: (Clarke; Hering) (Ambergris, Secretion of the Whale)Greatly relieves restlessness and slowness of comprehension. Relieves fatigue. For melancholy. Absence of ideas. Sensation of weakness in the head. Is not able to reflect upon anything properly. Inclination to sleep during the day.
Avena sativa:(Boericke) (Common Oat) Action is on brain and nervous system, favorably influences their nutritive function. Greatly relieves nervous exhaustion especially after exhausting diseases. For inability to keep mind on any one subject. Indicated for nervous constitutions and general debility.
Boletus luridus: (Clarke) (Nigrescens) Relieves intense thirst; violent pain in epigastrium; cold sweat.
Bryonia: (Boericke) (Wild Hops) For aching in every muscle. Relieves dry mucous membranes. Relieves dry mouth and dry throat. For mucus and soreness in larynx and trachea; cough. Relieves fever. Relieves irritability.
Crotalus horridus: (Boericke) (Rattlesnake) Relieves headache. For dry, swollen, dark red throat; tight constriction in throat. Relieves cough, tickling from a dry spot in larynx. For fevers.
Echinacea purpurea: (Boericke) (Purple Cone-flower) Acts on infection. Relieves chilliness with nausea, ulcerated sore throat. Relieves aching in limbs.
Gelsemium sempervirens: (Boericke) (Yellow Jasmine) For general prostration, tired feeling, muscular weakness, mental apathy. For influenza. Every little exertion causes fatigue. Relieves dull, heavy headache. For sneezing, dryness of nasal fossae; acute coryza, difficult swallowing; swollen tonsils Relieves fever. Dullness, languor, listlessness, lethargy, apathy. Dull aching in lumbar and sacral region
Gentiana lutea: (Boericke) (Yellow Gentian) Relieves headache; dry throat; nausea.
Kali phosphoricum: (Boericke) (Phosphate of Potassium) Relieves headache; weakness of sight; fetid nasal discharge; sore throat; subnormal temperature. Relieves anxiety, irritability.
Lachesis mutus: (Boericke) (Bushmaster or Surucucu) Relieves sore throat and swollen tonsils. For diphtheria. Relieves upper part of windpipe very susceptible to touch; cough; larynx painful to touch. Relieves fever.
Mercurius vivus: (Boericke) (Quicksilver) Relieves thick, yellow discharge from ears; earache. Relieves sneezing; raw nostrils, yellow-green, fetid, pus-like discharge. Relieves swollen, putrid sore throat. Relieves cough with yellow mucopurulent expectoration. Relieves fever.
Muriaticum acidum: (Boericke) (Muriatic Acid) Relieves hemorrhage and sneezing of the nose. Relieves swollen gums and glands. For swollen uvula. Relieves fever; weak extremities. Relieves restlessness.
Mucurius solubilis:(Boericke) (Quicksilver)The lymphatic system is especially affected with all the membranes and glands, and internal organs and bones. Weary of life. Fever generally gastric or bilious, with profuse nightly perspiration; debility, slow and lingering. Heat and shuddering alternately. Creeping chilliness. Catarrhal headaches. Glands swell every time patient takes cold.
Natrum sulphuricum: (Boericke) (Sulphate of Sodium – Glauber’s salt) For headache, earache, nasal catarrh. Relieves diarrhea. Relieves coughing when must hold chest; cough with thick ropy, greenish expectoration.
Nitricum acidum: (Boericke) (Nitric Acid) For colds and diarrhea. Relieves chronic nasal catarrh. Dry throat; pain into ears from throat. Relieves hoarseness, cough. For irritable, hopeless despair.
Phosphoricum acidum: (Boericke) (Phosphoric Acid) For mental and physical debility. Relieves headache; dry, cracked lips; diarrhea; hoarseness; cough; difficult respiration. Relieves fever.
Scutellaria laterifolia:(Boericke) (Skullcap) Sharp stinging pains in upper extremities. Nightly restlessness. Weakness and aching. Nervous weakness after influenza. Twitching of muscles. Dull, frontal headache. Nervous sick headaches. Tremors. Sharp stinging pains in upper extremities.
Veratrum album: (Boericke) (White Hellebore) Acts on violent retching and vomiting. Relieves diarrhea. Relieves rattling in chest, much mucus in bronchial tubes, chronic bronchitis, and cough. Relieves fever.
Zincum metallicum: (Boericke) (Zinc)Mental fogginess. Tissues are worn out faster than they are repaired. Defective vitality. Period of depression in disease. Spinal affections. Twitchings. Pain, as if between skin and flesh. Melancholia, lethargy. Frequent febrile shiverings down back. Cold extremities. Night-sweat, headache.
Also consider homeopathic formulations for fatigue, adrenal burnout, stress, anxiety, candida, and specific symptomatic expressions such as allergies, sinusitis, digestive, herpes, and acute virus expressions such as the flu, sore throat, swollen glands, etc. that can lead to a chronic viral problem.
Consider the following articles to help complete your ability to address viruses and their many manifestations.
About the Author:
Dr. Frank King, a Doctor of Naturopathy and Chiropractic, is a nationally recognized researcher, homeopath, speaker, naturalist, and the author of The Healing Revolution. He is also the founder and president of King Bio, an FDA-registered natural pharmaceutical manufacturer.
SafeCareRx, his high-potency professional line, is exclusively used in offices and clinics nationwide by Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Naturopaths, and Medical doctors. With a background in natural health care spanning 40 years, Dr. King shares a wealth of knowledge and insights regarding how practitioners can become even more effective with unique healing techniques, and how contemporary Homeopathic remedies can enhance all other healing modalities.