Larrea Tridentata: The Antiviral of the
by Robert A. Sinnott, Ph.D.
[Editor's note: Just in case you're new to Chinese Medicine,
many herbs - like larrea -are outside of the traditional scope
of Chinese Medicine... however, the Pulse of Oriental Medicine
wants to pass on any alternative medicine information that might
be helpful to you.]
Recently, the media spotlight has illuminated almost unbelievable
statistics about the prevalence of viral infections in modern
society. Surprisingly, the herpes virus is one of the most common.
In fact, over 90% of the population harbors one or more herpes
viruses in their body and may not even know of their "carrier"
Viruses can lay dormant in the body for years before exhibiting
any symptoms. The chickenpox virus (herpes zoster) is an example
of one that can infect us in the early years and then later in
life be stimulated to cause shingles. The viral culprits usually
live in the nerve roots and are triggered to "activate"
during times of stress, immune compromise, disease or aging.
The chronic effects of subacute infection by these viruses are
being convincingly linked with such conditions as coronary artery
disease, lymphoma, multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative
Usually not life-threatening to otherwise healthy adults, the
herpes virus can result in physical conditions ranging from cold
sores, genital herpes, shingles, and chronic fatigue syndrome
to Kaposi's sarcoma. Conversely, herpes virus infections can become
quite serious, sometimes life threatening, in immune compromised
patients, people of advanced age or newborn babies.
One of the most devastating public health concerns among industrialized
nations is sexually transmitted disease. The prevalence of Genital
herpes, caused by HSV-2 is escalating worldwide. It is estimated
that 31 million Americans are infected with the virus and 1 in
5 people over the age of 12 has genital herpes. Up to 1 million
new HSV-2 infections may be transmitted annually in this country.
The traditional regimen for herpes virus conditions involves
a course of pharmaceutical intervention. Unfortunately, for a
significant number of individuals these drugs do not prove useful,
especially in the case of shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia.
In looking at alternative approaches to anti-viral treatments
researchers in Arizona began investigating larrea tridentata,
a desert plant that is abundant in North America. Historical information
tells us that the shrub has been used by the Native American culture
for centuries as a medical panacea.
Traditionally, larrea was used to treat infections, chickenpox,
burns, rheumatism, bronchitis, and digestive disorders amongst
a myriad of other condition. Larrea was truly the "medicine
chest of the desert southwest". Physician and consumer use
reports have verified historical use and Larreacorp's company
laboratory data and clinical findings, which establish tremendous
efficacy (greater than 95%) of the plant compounds to combat a
number of conditions including; cold sores, genital herpes, shingles,
Cytomegalovirus and other viral conditions. A wide array of phytochemicals,
flavonoids and lignans show significant antioxidant effects as
well as antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory
properties and are responsible for the plant's medicinal activity.
The Company has been awarded four patents (#6,039,955;#6,004,559;#5,945,106;#5,837,252)
for the processing and utility of larrea tridentata, in treating
viral and inflammatory diseases.
It is important to know that there is a cost-effective, natural
alternative to synthetic pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment
of such prevalent diseases as cold sores, shingles and genital
herpes. Larreacorp specializes in the research and development
of over the counter, nutriceutical and cosmeceutical products
to address viral and inflammatory disease. Since 1996 the Company's
products have been recommended and used by healthcare practitioners
and consumers to manage health.
Please refer to our web site at www.larreacorp.net
to learn more about larrea and our company research. Larreacorp,
Ltd. P.O. Box 6598, Chandler, AZ 85246, toll-free phone: 1-800-963-7310,
phone: 480-963-7310, fax: 480-659-0125.
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