Antiviral agents act to destroy viruses in the body. They should be distinguished from viricides, which are not medication but deactivate or destroy virus particles.
Antiviral drugs are one class of antimicrobials, a larger group which also includes antibiotic, antifungal and antiparasitic drugs, and for the most part, they are relatively harmless to the host, and therefore can be used to treat infections.
Viral infections can be a huge challenge for medical doctors. And the use of antiviral herbs holds some distinct advantages over the use of drugs.
Countless numbers of antiviral drugs have been developed, each made to work only for specific types of viruses but, there are some problems with the use of drugs. For example, viruses can adapt and become immune to drugs. As this occurs, stronger drugs and higher doses must be used and that can be detrimental to the human body. We have all heard reports deadly, drug resistant virus strains. Of course another problem with using antiviral drugs is, virtually every pharmaceutical drug has numerous side effects.
Fortunately, nature has already bestowed on us a wide variety of antiviral remedies in the form of herbs, and viruses do not develop resistance to them. Antiviral herbs are full spectrum. Because natural herbs work with the body, rather than against it, you can be sure that nature's pharmacopoeia will be effective regardless of what kind of viral infection you may have.
Natural viricides include garlic, oregano, ginseng, onions, echinacea, goldenseal, chamomile, shiitake, schizandra and St. John's wort.
Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of various herbs, such as basil oil, orange oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, and sandalwood oil and their constituents. It is important to note that the aforementioned viricides, regardless of their effectiveness, are not considered legitimate antiviral therapy by mainstream allopathic physicians.
Herbs with antiviral qualities include