Everyone knows a Covid-19 vaccine is at least a
year away and that otherwise there's no cure, right?
Actually, that's wrong. There is a cure, it's
very effective, but no one gives it any thought, because it's alternative rather
than conventional medicine.
Stephen Buhner is a distinguished herbalist and
author of 23 books, among them Herbal Antibiotics and Herbal
Antivirals (both Amazon bestsellers), along with several books on using
herbs to treat Lyme and its coinfections, hepatitis C, and other illnesses,
including coronavirus. His books typically include a reference list of 30-50
pages of studies cited.
The lead Amazon review for Herbal Antivirals
is by Jeffrey Dach, MD, titled "Herbal
Antivirals Are More Effective Than Drugs - This is the Definitive Book."
He says, "Although modern medicine has made considerable progress in
antiviral drug discovery such as Acyclovir for Herpes virus, most cultures and
ethnic groups on the planet have successfully used anti-viral medicinal plants
for thousands of years for prevention and treatment of a viral disease. The
mechanism is fusion inhibition, which prevents attachment of the viral capsule
to the host cell membrane, thus preventing entrance of virus into the cell where
replication takes place."
He also says, "I must say the book is
impressive for a number of reasons. One is the extensive reference to the
medical literature as well as the ethnic herbal literature, pulling usually
separated sources together."
In his books, Buhner discusses the three parts of
herbal treatment for serious illnesses: attack the pathogens, strengthen the
body's immunity, and support organs affected by the cytokine cascade
(inflammatory response). Each uses a different combination of herbs.
Advantages of herbs are that they have fewer or
no side effects compared to drugs and are generally less expensive. Also, in the
case of Covid, they're here now — we
don't have to wait a year for a vaccine. And as Buhner points out, "because
viral organisms (such as influenza) tend to continually rearrange their genome,
new vaccines for things like the flu have to be made every year." So even
when a vaccine becomes available, it may be of limited use, because the virus
may have mutated. But the herbs will still be effective. Also, they keep
indefinitely, and if you don't use them for Covid, they'll work for other
viruses (and some bacterial infections).
contains a section on "SARS and Coronaviruses" (pp. 54–58), which
Buhner has updated with an 80-page downloadable pdf monograph on his website,
dated May 17, 2020: "Plant-Based
Interventions for Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2)." It's a bit dense but well
worth reading. His suggested protocol is on pp. 44-5 (formulas 1, 2, and 3) and
is shown below.
Buhner recommends a dosage of 1 tsp 3x daily of
each of the three formulas (1 tbsp total if the three are combined) as a
preventative (only if you have "good reason to believe that the virus is
entering your area"), or, for an active infection, 1 tsp of each 6x daily
(1 tbsp total if the three are combined). However,
herbal dosages can vary, depending on body weight and how you respond to them,
so feel free to take more (especially at first) or less. And, of course, children
take smaller dosages.
If you're "social distancing" at home
and are asymptomatic, 3x daily is probably unnecessary. Personally, I take a
dose if I'm going out and possibly when I get back, if I was around more than a
few people. If you're around people all day, 3x might make sense but could get
expensive. Carrying some in a small bottle in case you feel symptoms may be
Tinctures are typically one-third or more
alcohol, so if you're sensitive to alcohol, either add boiling water to the
tinctures in a cup, to evaporate the alcohol, or let the tinctures sit in the
cup for several hours until the alcohol evaporates, then add water.
Buhner's latest recommendations consist of three
formulas to achieve the purposes mentioned above. They're available from some
online herb pharmacies (search "coronavirus buhner protocol"), or you
can buy the individual tinctures and make your own. Watch out for price gouging —
you shouldn't need to pay more than about $25-$35 per 4-ounce bottle. Not
all pharmacies carry all the herbs needed.
Preferably use tinctures made from organic or
wildcrafted herbs. The product page should specify this and where the herbs are
from. If it doesn't, look elsewhere.
- Antivirus formula: Baikal (Chinese)
skullcap (3 parts), Isatis (2 parts), Kudzu (2 parts), Licorice (1 part).
- Immune formula: Cordyceps (3 parts),
Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) (2 parts), Rhodiola (1 part), Astragalus (1
- Cellular protection/cytokine modulation/
spleen-lymph support: Red sage (3 parts), Red root or Cleavers (2
parts), Bidens pilosa (1 part).