Natural Home Remedies for HIV/AIDS
Human immunodeficiency virus destroys cells that fight disease and infection.
It is most common to get or transmit HIV through sexual activity and needle or syringe use. A particular body fluid must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue in order to enter the bloodstream. Those fluids are blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids and breast milk. Anal sex is a leading cause for the spread of the virus, followed by vaginal sex. You can have HIV in your body without having AIDS , but the virus often destroys the immune system and leads to AIDS.
HIV is the virus and that virus may cause an infection, but AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and a syndrome is a collection of symptoms that tend to appear when HIV has done its dirty work on your immune system.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms vary between the sexes but here are some general early symptoms which resemble flu symptoms:
Later symptoms, as the virus continues to attack your immune system:
- Extreme fatigue
- Long-lasting diarrhea
- Memory loss
- Night sweats
- Prolonged swelling of the lymph glands
- Rapid weight loss
- Sores on the mouth, anus, genitals
There are many statistics for HIV and for AIDS broken down into multiple categories. Check out the cdc.gov website.
IS IT CONTAGIOUS?
Fortunately, HIV does not survive long outside the body and reproduces only inside a human body. You do not get the virus by touching or hugging someone with HIV, or using their toilet or wiping their tears away. It can be transmitted by unprotected sex, contaminated blood transfusions, shared needles, and from a mother to her child during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding.
There are post-exposure meds which you can take within 72 hours of possible exposure that may help. If you get the virus, your doctor may prescribe antiretroviral treatment with “viral load monitoring” appointments to check on your progress. There may be unwanted side effects, as with all chemical medications (and even some natural ones).
Many people who are HIV positive have chosen to use alternative medicine or to use a combination of allopathic medicine and natural treatments. Alternative therapies may provide relief from drug side effects, as well as to strengthen the immune system. In general, the medical community is very clear on their stance that natural remedies do not work and that one should be treated medically in order to live a normal life with HIV/AIDS. The suggestions below are offered with the caution that any time you are on medications, you should consult your doctor about using herbs, oils, spices, supplements, etc. If these substances were not powerful in their own ways, there would be no reason to use them. Being powerful, they can interfere and react with prescription medications. There are many natural remedies that have contra-indications for certain classes of people and certain diseases and medications. Some of these are said to inhibit the infection, the virus activity or entry. The goal here is to offer to the reader ideas that others claim have benefitted them and to give you these signposts for further research, but do be careful..
A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against viruses and inflammation and since this virus specifically attacks the immune system, it is crucial that you do all possible to build up your immunity. To promote a healthy immune system, we must have a nutrient-rich diet, eating the proper amount of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, fat) in the proper quantities in relationship to each other. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Anti-inflammatory foods
- Antioxidant-rich foods
- Bitter melon
- Bone broth
- Nutrient-dense foods
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID
- Dairy (causes acidity and HIV loves an acid environment)
- Excess anything
- Processed foods
- Recreational drugs
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Beetroot juice
- Black tea
- Carrot juice
- Cat’s claw
- Echinacea root tea
- Green tea
- Jergon sacha
- Pau d’Arco tea or tincture
HERBS AND SPICES
- Black cohosh
- Black seed (Nigella Sativa) extract (see the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) is claimed to have cured a patient of the HIV infection. One patient—nevertheless, hopeful.
- Chrysanthemum morifolium
- Echinacea tincture
- Geranium extracts
- Hyssom and dittrichia viscosa
- Maqui berry
- Phyllanthus niruri
- Prunella vulgaris
- Rooibois leaves (for polysaccharides)
- Rosa damascena
- Rose flowers
- Schisandra lignans
- John’s Wort (can interfere with meds)
- Sweet basil
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut on the skin (i.e. the soles of your feet), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Some people put oils in capsules and take them internally. Many blends used to treat HIV/AIDS are combinations of the following oils. Do a search for “Essential oils for HIV/AIDS” and you’ll find many entries and recipes, or create your own.
- Aroma Siez
- Cinnamon Bark
- Tea tree
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
- Blue-green algae
- Bovine colostrum
- Calophyllup brasiliense and clusia quadrangular
- Carnosic acid
- Croton tiglium, cynomorium songaricum, xanthoceras sorbifolia
- Fish oils
- Geranium extract
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Lentin from shitake mushrooms
- Olive leaf extract
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B-12
- Vitamin D
- Whey or soy protein
If you are ill and vomiting, sweating or having diarrhea-you must replace lost fluids by consuming more water. Some medications used to treat HIV/AIDS also affect water retention and absorption. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
Exercise causes changes in our blood cells and antibodies that may give our immune system the upper hand in detecting foreign invaders. That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Stress affects our immune system. Stay calm. Anxiety always undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Consider yoga, tai chi, meditation.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Detox bath with essential oils and epsom salt and bentonite clay
- Diatomaceous earth for detox, internally
- Medical marijuana
- Natural substances inhibit replication of the HIV virus
- Use of marijuana to reduce pain, increase appetite, control nausea (addressing the Wasting Syndrome and HIV-related neuropathy)
- Chinese Medicine
- Energy therapies
- Herbal therapy
- Massage to reduce pain
The incubation period for AIDS is years long and the virus is difficult to detect, so diagnosis is often too late for successful treatment. If you live a lifestyle that is conducive to contracting the virus, start building up your immune system now and don’t wait until it is too late. It may mean giving up a few pleasures, but glowing good health has its own rewards.
- A wholesome, balanced diet
- Regular exercise
- Low stress levels
- Quality sleep
- Adequate hydration
- Use condoms when having sex.
- Don’t share needles or condoms.
- Limit the number of your sexual partners.
- Ban lec (concentrated lectin agent from bananas) for prevention
There are many drugs and treatments currently being studied as possible treatments or cures for AIDS. Google AIDS CURES or CRAZY AIDS CURES.