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The body has no defence against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is usually passed on through casual sexual intercourse, or by injecting drugs with a needle already used by someone who carries the virus.
There is no known cure. The disease is not confined to homosexual men; it can be spread by unprotected sexual contact with any infected person.
Also at risk are babies whose mothers carry the HIV.
Symptoms of AIDS infection include weight loss, exhaustion, diarrhoea, and Fever, coughing, breathlessness and swollen glands in the groin, armpits and neck.
Alternative therapists have been unable to lay down hard-and-fast overall methods of treatment. Practitioners tend to concentrate on a holistic approach.
A conventional drug, which has been shown to be effective on a limited scale, is Retrovir (AZT). But one of its side effects can be to inhibit bone-marrow production, which in turn necessitates continual blood transfusions.
A doctor will recommend exercise, dependent on the victims ability to take it. Nutritious diet, with plenty of fibre, fresh fruit and vegetables may be advised. Supplements such as amino acids, vitamins and trace elements including selenium and zinc may be recommended.
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info