Herbs and Infections


InfectionLess Tonic

There are specific herbs that are used to fight infections and to help the body's defences to stifle infection and allow the body to go through normal healing. When our immune system gets low due to stress, a poor diet, not enough exercise and fresh air, taking prescription drugs over a long or short period of time, parasites, or chronic viral disease, we can quickly become subject to infections. Often such infections originate in the intestines. But the lungs, kidneys and the skin are also prime sites when infections can take hold. But bacterial infect in the mouth eg gum disease can spread into the lungs and other parts of the body, even into the nasal cavities and eyes.


I asked God for help and He said put Dr. Alan’s potions in a glass with lots of dmso and drink and keep drinking.  By Wednesday, that cutting pain from coughing was easing up. I knew it was going to turn around. Today I’m back at work and the coughing feels like it’s from the neck up, not the core of my ribcage. This could have gotten much worse. I was stunned at how quickly the bacteria/virus (who knows) put me on my back and created such excruciating pain. I’m not hurting, my chest isn’t hurting and I’m barely coughing. I still feel a little wonky but absolutely nothing like five days ago. But for you, I’m not sure what the outcome would have been, I know it would have resulted in ER visit, prescriptions, tests and bills in the mail for co-pays—AND, I’d be sicker today!!!  You probably think you’re just a regular guy doing a regular thing every day, but you’ve impacted my world in an extremely positive and hopeful way.  DS. USA


The problem with infectious diseases involving both viruses and bacteria these micro-organisms can quickly spread and mutate in the face of antibiotics making long-term use of antibiotics worse than useless. This is because antibiotics at first begin to kill the alien invader but they lower the host's defences so that the end can often be worse than the beginning. And the longer such drugs are used the more ineffective the immune system becomes. This enables the infectious organism to spread and deepen their toxic grip on the organ or organs of the body. The person feels very sick. But the body has amazing resources and if given the right support the millions of invading pathogens are soon put to the sword. The body has amazing armaments and can restore the castle's security! It has evolved over millions of years to resist infection by all kinds of micro-organisms. It just needs to be introduced to a new virus or bacterium and it adapts to produce factors in its armaments to retalliate with astonishing speed to defeat the invading army of viruses. And once it has the virus's number it will always recognise it and be ready to rout it before it can take hold and multiply again: health is maintained. But if there are environmental attributes that torture the host (us) like I've said, stress at work, unfulfilled relationship, financial difficulties, family adversity, dietary deficiency (fast food snatches rather than the ambience of having salads and home-cooked meals), other health issues, and so on, then the body wont have the resources (the amunition) to protect the body. The result is the person falls ill; infections begin to take hold. A change to your life-style is demanded, helped and strengthened by nature's forces: medicinal plants.

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Dear Alan, You recently prescribed your Herbal Infection Formula for my problem. I had an acute infection with aggressive, redness and boil type lumps. I have had the Herpes Simplex virus on and off over the years due to stress, plus Candida. I was not sure what it was and explained the symptoms to you over the phone. You recommended your Infection Formula. It arrived the following day, and I took it for three days twice a day, and the problem almost completely cleared. I continued to take the Infection formula once a day for the following 3 days as you instructed. After that period the problem has completely gone with no trace of marks or redness. Thank you once again for your 'almost miraculous' formulas. I feel confident that you can treat every health problem that arises. Thank you for your wonderful work and service.
Karen. London.


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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( Department of Health, UK

• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.


Pregnant/Breast-feeding mothers

Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Volatile Oils

Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.


A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.

Breast-feeding mothers

A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.

Paediatric Use

Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.

Perioperative use

The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( Department of Health, UK


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