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Virus Infections
What is it?
Viruses are on the borderline between living and non-living things. They can multiply only inside living cells, and in the process cause a wide variety of infections. When vast numbers of a virus invade, the human body reacts, producing symptoms and signs of disease until its immune system can produce enough antibodies to destroy the viruses. The antibodies then remain in the bloodstream as protection against another invasion by the same virus. However, some viruses, such as those that cause the common cold, have the ability to mutate so that the antibodies produced during one illness fail to give protection against future infections. The human papilloma viruses (HPV) cause genital herpes, and may cause cancer of the cervix. Another virus is thought to cause glandular fever.
Common cold, genital herpes, cancer of the cervix, glandular fever, cold sores, chickenpox.
Conventional Practice:
Antibiotics are ineffective against virus infections, but they can alleviate accompanying bacterial infections, such as bronchitis or sinusitis. Doctors now prescribe antiviral drugs for certain viral infections. For example, acyclovir (zovirax) is effective against genital herpes, cold sores and chickenpox.
Alternative Treatments:
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. 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
  Herbal Medicine
  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

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