||I was wondering if you could send me some information on
the Chinese herb Revivo that is suppose to treat HIV. This
is for a school paper. It would be greatly appreciated.
I'd love to help.
First, Chinese herbs don't have names like, "Revivo."
It is probably a formula (a mixture of herbs), and it sounds
commercial... so the question is:
- Is it just a standard chinese herbal formula someone's trying
to make money off of, or
- A new and unproven combination?
Take Advantage of Expert Guidance
In general, consumers should avoid any herbal supplement that
is sold directly to them- always go through a trained and licensed
herbal practitioner. Witness the rash of ephedra deaths; taking
herbs without expert guidance is foolhardy- especially with a
serious condition like AIDS.
Herbs for AIDS
Have you read our articles on AIDS? We provide a lot more concrete
and specific info about the usage of herbs
for AIDS than you are likely to find in one product. We are
a consumer adovacy/ information site... we have consciously chosen
not to sell herbs to consumers directly. That way, you can trust
Ok, I read about Revivo at Natureproducts.net/Medicine/Revivo.html
- Never buy any product that doesn't say what's in it.
There have been many product recalls. Supplement companies are
notorious for this, especially from China. They don't think
anything of combining drugs with their herbs. That's their perspective-
but it's not shared by the FDA and other medical experts.
- Immune stimulation is only one treatment strategy in
AIDS treatment. This is not specific enough treatment for such
a serious condition. Treatment varies with the individual. Our
herbs for AIDS article provides more
on this topic.
- It is unethical to sell treatments like this to consumers,
even with lots of information attached. There is an inherent
potential for misunderstanding and misuse, and thus it is a
danger to the patient's health, and possibly more bad press
for herbs. My advice would be to see a trained
acupuncturist/herbalist who can prescribe this kind of thing
based on the patient's specific situation, and supervise and
guide the treatment.
- Their claim of no side effects is ludicrous. The reason
we experience side effects from any drug or herb is because
the medicinal is either powerfully unbalanced, or does not fit
our patterns of disease specifically. With a general, non-personalized
formula, it is impossible to avoid side effects in all patients.
You must get a diagnosis from a practitioner
one-on-one, and personalized herbal treatment to avoid side
Hope that helps, and feel free to ask more.
All the best,