HIV (Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus) is a chronic infection which can advance and become a condition known as AIDS (Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome). This condition is spread via bodily fluids and is commonly acquired through unprotected sex and sharing of needles. The virus can be found in blood, seminal fluid, pre-seminal fluid, breast milk, vaginal fluids, and rectal fluids so it can be spread via vaginal, anal and potentially oral sex (however, oral sex is generally considered low risk unless you have cuts, open sores, gum disease or recent dental work).
A few weeks after acquiring the infection, one may develop flu-like symptoms such as
– Sore Throat
– Swollen Lymph Nodes, etc
For years after this, the patient may remain symptom-free. However, once the condition progresses and the immune system becomes too weak, the patient may develop what is known as AIDS. This is where the CD4 cell (immune fighter cell) count becomes too low to fight off infections. When this happens, the patient may present with symptoms such as:
– Rapid Weight Loss
– Extreme Tiredness
– Diarrhea (That continues for over a week)
– Ulcers on Genitals, Anus and/or Mouth
– Swollen Lymph Glands (Prolonged)
– Discoloration of Skin
– Severe Night Sweats
– Extreme Fatigue
– Nausea & Vomiting
– Vaginal Infections
Additional symptoms related to opportunistic infections may develop as well due to the fact that the immune system is unable to fight off these conditions.
One of the indicators of HIV progression is CD4 cell count. At the moment, patients with this illness are dependent on anti-retroviral therapy to slow down its progression. However, these drugs are hepatotoxic, nephrotoxic and neurotoxic. As a doctor, I don’t see the point of fixing one problem while creating multiple others. I’m not discrediting the efficacy of these drugs, but simply pointing out that a lot more needs to be done for managing such a condition.
HIV is a chronic viral infection that has to be managed with the use of immune building/boosting medicines that will not only fight the infection but restore the proper functioning of the immune system and its’ various components as well.
Neem is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for treating several chronic and acute disease for over 5000 years. Various clinical trials have been conducted on this herb proving its efficacy in treating conditions such as HIV, Diabetic Wounds, Psoriasis, and Fungal Infections. Pharmacological studies have demonstrated its anti-cancer, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, and anti-microbial properties. In a clinical trial, HIV positive patients given Neem experienced a significant increase in CD4 cell count (see study). Keep in mind that Neem can have adverse effects if used incorrectly. Neem does have herb-drug interactions and some patients can be allergic to it. Neem can also interfere with fertility. Only an Ayurvedic doctor is clinically trained to use this herb. Click here to speak to an Ayurvedic doctor.
Also known as the Lingzi Mushroom, this red fungus has demonstrated potent anti-viral effects. It is also gathering attention for its anti-cancer, anti-cholesterol, and stress-reducing properties. Ganoderma Lucidum is predominantly used in Chinese Medicine, as well as other Asian Medicine Systems such as Ayurveda and has a long list of uses. In recent clinical trials, Ganoderma Lucidum has demonstrated its ability to treat viral infections such as HPV as well as enhance immune function via increased Natural-Killer cell activity and increased CD4 and CD3 cell counts. (see study). Always use this under the supervision of an Ayurvedic doctor.
Colostrum is a potent medicinal substance that is produced in the mammary glands of mammals shortly after (sometimes before) the delivery of a newborn. It contains antibodies that assist in helping the newborn fight off infections, growth factors to support growth, and enzymes to support digestion. While many of the clinical-proven benefits of colostrum appear to be similar to whey protein, it also has a wide range of other immune-system-related health benefits. In clinical trials, Colostrum has demonstrated its ability to treat severe diarrhea in HIV+ patients as well as increase CD4 cell count (see study).
Please keep in mind that HIV/AIDS management requires more than just a boost in CD4 cell count. There are Ayurvedic medicines that have been used in clinical trials to enhance anti-retroviral treatment and some have even out-performed anti-retroviral treatment. However, these medicines require a pre-treatment and post-treatment protocol – this must be done by an Ayurvedic doctor.
(Always use medicinal herb under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal Ramnunan B.A.M.S.
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