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Peppermint, sage and lemon balm leaves display potent anti-HIV-1 activity

Discussion in 'Antivirals, Antibiotics and Immune Modulators' started by shannah, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. shannah

    shannah Senior Member

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    This is not new (2008) but I don't see where it's been posted before. I knew Lemon Balm aka Melissa had potent antivrial properties but wasn't aware it was retroviral.

    From Prohealth:


    http://www.prohealth.com/me-cfs/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=15451&B2=MSGBDART

    "Do Lemon Balm & Other Herbals Inhibit Herpes & HIV Replication?

    Several weeks ago I bought some lemon balm to help with sleep. I'd taken preparations before which had lemon balm as part of a combo, but this time I got straight lemon balm. Well, I think I took 2 capsules in the middle of the night and maybe another one early a.m. That day I felt like I'd been hit by a truck, totally wiped out. I know lemon balm is sedating, but this was different, not just sedated. I couldn't figure out what was going on until I realized it felt similar to herx reactions I had had before. [Herxheimer reaction is flu-like fever, chills, etc. that occur when large quantities of dead bacteria, viruses, etc. are released into the bloodstream for clearance.]

    So I Googled lemon balm and found that it has effect against the herpes virus, and also - and this is really amazing - HIV, which of course is a retrovirus. Here's one link: Aqueous extracts from peppermint, sage and lemon balm leaves display potent anti-HIV-1 activity by increasing virion density. - M"

    http://www.retrovirology.com/content/5/1/27
  2. LaurelW

    LaurelW Senior Member

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    This sounds great! So do you have any idea what dosage would be good? I can't read the whole paper because I'm too brainfogged today.

    Thanks!
  3. shannah

    shannah Senior Member

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    Not off hand. Perhaps I'll experiment in a couple of weeks with Melissa.
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    someone on another yahoo group said she cured herself of viruses with melissa. she grew it in her yard and made the tincture. don't know how to find it again. i do remember it taking a while, like a year or something.

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