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Natural Herbal Remedies for Anthrax

Chinese Ginseng (Panax ginseng)

Ginseng acts as a tonic restoring normality and increasing the nonspecific resistance of organisms to disease or any other change or deviation away from that of normal health.

Ginseng increases a person's ability to 'adapt' to changes in the environment. It is called an adaptogen.

Herbalists say that ginseng affects the immune control centers of the central nervous system, directly and indirectly through adrenocortical hormones, toning, increasing output, or simply restoring equilibrium. Blood parameters, including pressure, glucose levels, insulin levels and white blood cell count, are stabilized, i.e., reduced or raised as needed in order to restore homeostasis. Analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory action will occur when needed. Ginseng either thins the blood or increases its clotting ability depending on circumstances. DNA, protein and lipid synthesis are all stimulated when cellular feedback mechanisms signal a state of deficiency. Studies show that ginseng strengthens the heart, stimulates recovery from surgery and debilitating infectious disease, and helps people to overcome the effects of stress.

Properties of Panax Ginseng

The following are some of the properties of ginseng that has been observed in various clinical trials that may be of interest in bioterrorism management.

1. Immune-enhancing action, including the stimulation of phagocytosis, modification of interleukin responses, strengthening of the reticuloendothelial system.

2. Ability to neutralize free radicals through antioxidative action.

3. Ability to lower or raise white blood cell count depending on need.

4. Antipyretic or fever-reducing action.

5. Stimulates adrenal glands and the entire adreno- hypothalamic- pituitary axis.

6. Has distinct antitoxic action against a wide range of toxins, including radiation, heavy metals and airborne pollutants.

7. Stimulation of RNA, DNA and protein synthesis in the liver.

8. Anticancer properties.

9. Ability to influence almost all liver functions.

10. Central nervous system depressant or stimulant, anticonvulsant, analgesic, tranquilizing.

11. Antifatigue action in animals and humans.

12. Ability to lower or raise red blood cell count depending on need.

Safety

Ginseng has a very low toxicity. Use the herb in moderation. Use of standardized ginseng extracts may create imbalances in hypertensive and stressed-out individuals. Use whole root instead, as it is actually good for them.

Reference:

1. Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph. D., Herbal Tonic Therapies, Wings Books, New York, 1996

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