Oct 04 2012
Epstein Barr virus and auto-immune disease often go hand in hand. Epstein Barr appears to be one of the triggers in the development of autoimmunity although the exact mechanism is still unclear. Fortunately there is a lot that natural therapies can offer in the treatment of both Epstein Barr virus and auto-immune disease. Here is an interesting article from www.regenerativenutrition.com on the use of herbs to help re-balance the immune system in auto-immunity:
With auto-immune reactions the immune system cannot recognise the difference between self and not self, so will attack areas of the body where there is weakness. This will determine the symptoms of the disease whether it be asthma, M.S or inflammatory bowel disorder or psoriasis.
Auto-immune diseases include, but are not confined to;
Addisons disease, ALS,(Motor Neurone disease) Antiphospholipid syndrome, Arthritis, (Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis) Plus the rarer forms of arthritis e.g. Reiter’s, Behcet’s Psoriatic Arthritis. and, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteporosis, Various types of back pain that may be related to an arthritic process. Asthma, Allerigies, Barth syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Cystitis, Diabetes, Emphysema, Encephalomyelitis, , Fibromyalgia, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto´s disease, Hemolytic anemia, Hypertension (some cases) Inflammatory bowel disorders (alltypes) Interstitial Cystitis, Lupus, M.E. (Chronic Fatigue syndrome) Microscopic Polyangiitis, Myositis, painful jaw syndrome, Nephropathy, Neuralgia, foot pain of undetermined origin, Myasthenia Gravis, Multiple Sclerosis, Pemphigus, porokeratosis plantaris, (palmaris, disseminata) prostrate inflammation, Optic Neuritis, Psoriasis, Macular Degeneration, Migraine and cluster headaches, Reynard’s disease, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Sjogrens Syndromes, Sciatica, silicone breast disease, Ulcerative Colitis.
Many other chronic health disorders are increasingly being recognized as having an auto-immune component, including diseases traditionally recognized as ‘degenerative’ such as Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s and circulatory disorders.
Kalawalla (Polypodium leucotomos)
The fundamental action of this herb is to regulate the immune system, so that where there is imbalance, this is corrected. Not only have these effects been scientifically studied, but clinical trials with various auto-immune disorders have proven repeatedly that Kalawalla (Polypodium leucotomos) works to improve or remove the disease state of the persons taking it, due to normalisation of the immune system.
Polypodium leucotomos has many clinical studies that prove that it regulates the CD4/CD8 ratios to their normal values. Most researchers will agree that this regulation alone is key to offer protection against all types of auto-immune disorders, including MS. Europeans have used Kalawalla extract for more than 10 years with very good results in all types of auto-immune disorders. Kaliwalla is also used in New Zealand and Australia.
Many auto immune disorders are caused by an imbalance in the ratio and activity of T-helper lymphocytes (Th1 and Th2). These two subsets of cells are in a constant state of balance (like a see-saw): when one is increased, the other is decreased and vice versa. The more common manifestation is a Th2 excess, potentially resulting in an increased incidence of allergies, asthma and a susceptibility to infections (through the corresponding decreased Th1 activity and loss of protection).
The opposite situation, an excess of Th1 activity ‘excess’ immune protection, may result in tissue-specific inflammatory damage examples being psoriasis, arthritis, lupus and vitiligo. Other diseases such as MS, although usually showing a Th1 dominance may alternate from one imbalance to another.
Kalawalla is a potent immune corrector that provides help if you have an immune disorder. Kalawalla works by restoring the correct balance of the immune system. Once this balance is restored to normal, your body can begin to shake of the disorder and begin to heal.
A real solution to auto immune disorders is to modulate (not suppress) the activity of T cell ratios to normal balance without any side effects. Immune modulation has the advantage that, contrary to immune suppression, very few side effects can be observed from regulating the immune system back to normal. It also offers the advantage over symptomatic drugs in that the symptoms reverse themselves on their own after the immune system has reached proper balance, and this is done treating the root of the problem, and not only the symptoms.
Kalawalla has many clinical trials with MS, Lupus, Psoriasis, Vitiligo and other auto immune disorders, showing a high degree of success and very few side effects. It even has an OTC status in the European Union, which means that medical doctors actually prescribe Kalawalla for these disorders. We also know exactly how Kalawalla works due to trials by the Harvard Medical Schoold that details how Kalawalla modulates the T cells and its usefulness in auto aggressive / inflammatory conditions.
For the treatment of Epstein Barr virus and auto-immune disease the use of herbs should be considered. In the next post we will discuss liquorice – another herb showing promise in helping the body with auto-immunity. For further information on Epstein Barr virus and auto-immune disease please refer to the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.
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