Last Modified on Feb 23, 2015
Many viruses are self-limiting because the body eliminates the virus naturally. Chronic or lingering viruses, as we all know, either don't get better or keep reoccurring. Some can last a lifetime, causing the person to become progressively sicker, including Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Chronic fatigue syndrome has been linked to viruses, among other possible causes. Other lingering viruses resemble colds or the flu. In all cases, the immune system is the body's best way of eradicating a virus and preventing new infection.
Natural treatments of chronic or lingering viruses are aimed at strengthening the immune response and treating symptoms.
Holistic Treatment for Chronic Virus
Earth Clinic readers have made many wonderful suggestions over the years, which you can read in depth below. Here's a summary of some of the suggested remedies that might help a lingering virus:
- Organic Apple Cider Vinegar tonic: 2 tsp. in a glass of water, honey optional.
- Colloidal Silver, one ounce orally or 1 tsp. sniffed into both sinus cavities.
- Coconut oil.
- 35% Food grade Hydrogen Peroxide: 1 drop in large glass distilled water, 3x a day, between meals, slowly increasing to 10 drops.
- Hydrogen Peroxide inhalation: check under 'Remedies' for details.
- Eucalyptus oil or hydrogen peroxide: a few drops in a small humidifier or vaporizer.
- Liposomal Vitamin C, high dose for Human T-Lymphotropic Virus (Htlv).
- One whole lemon squeezed in 8 oz. water.
- Fresh lemon juice: 1 tsp. every half hour for 2 hours - 4 doses.
- Pau D'Arco tea, 3 cups a day.
- Other possibilities: Calcium AEP, DMSO, echinacea, germanium 132, lauric acid, lavender oil, lomatium, Lysine, magnesium chloride, N Acetyl Cystine, sodium lauryl sulfate, squalamine, tea tree oil, zinc.
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Apple Cider Vinegar Virus Remedy
Folk Medicine Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Tablespoon
- Honey - 1 Tablespoon
- Glass of Warm Water
Mix a tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey into a glass of water that is warm but not hot. Drink this up to three times a day to relieve all flu or other viral symptoms, including sore throat.
[YEA] I discovered the wonders of ACV a few months ago. My husband caught a viral infection and was so sick he lost 2 days work, after two weeks he was still sick and I got a scratchy throat by the 3rd day I could barely talk or eat it hurt so bad. My Mom suggested I try ACV and honey mixed together and take 1 TBL 3 times a day. I was desperate so I tried it. 1 spoon in the morning and wow did it burn my throat I had to drink some water to stop the burn, I had 3 spoons of the ACV and honey mixture and that evening my sore throat was gone!!! My husband refused to try it and a few days later he called me from work and said he was going to the ER because he felt so sick. He was sent home with a prescription. I told him just try the ACV and honey, you have been sick all this time but I was sick only 3 days, just try it! He did and it worked, he never filled the prescription. I plan on buying some unprocessed ACV to treat other health problems I have. ACV is a wonder!
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02/24/2012Posted by Stella (Chelmsford, Essex, England UK) on 10/06/2007
[YEA] I had explosive diarrhoea for a period of 4 weeks travelling in China from Beijing to Xian. No chemicals did anything but treat the symptoms. Upon returning home and taking an anti-biotic the diarrhoe went from explosive to less explosive. Test came back a "virus". I was getting really down by this and starting trawling th intenet. I came upon this site and through I'd try the cider vinegar - what did I have to lose. After my first dose I felt a difference right away. My stomach felt "different". I continued with the cider vinegar and 3 months later, I am completely cured. It didn't happen overnight for me as I had 4 weeks in China to recover from. But I am so grateful for finding this site. I'm also thankful for all the comments that persuaded me to give it a try. Thanks to all those who posted comments as you certainly gave me the confidence to give it a go - your comments cured me!Posted by Kevin (Aveley Essex, England) on 11/10/2006
[YEA] Wow, stumbled onto this website last night in desperation,I have felt sick every day for the last four months and have been bringing up acid, I have been taking omeprazole with limited effect, and I now realise I have been prescribed 100% the wrong treatment. Bought Apple cider vinegar tablets this morning and took two, within 15 minites the feeling of sickness went, and have gone all day feeling better than I have for months, this is not in my mind as I am not easily influenced or easily led, I really do feel better and cannot believe how you can get results so quickly, it really does seem that we all have a lot to learn from our past and maybe we should not dismiss new age hippies so quickly. Thanks to everyone on this site, I will promote this as much as I can.Replied by Cherrytwo
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by LeAnn (Murfreesboro, Tennessee) on 10/01/2008
[YEA] Colloidal Silver for Stomach Virus: I agree that ingesting too much colloidal silver can be dangerous, but in small doses it is quite effective. I have used it topically to treat skin infections, ear infections, and conjunctivitis. But it is very effective at treating stomach viruses too. At the first sign of upset, I can drink about an ounce and be "cured." If I don't catch it early, I sometimes I will still feel ill 3 hours later and need to repeat the dose, but then all is better. :)Posted by Mare (Clemmons, Nc) on 12/09/2013
Thank you so much for the recent newsletter and the testimonial by Dave Thomas. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It's strange that you sent it to me when you did because I've been at my wits end lately, fighting what I perceived to be a virus. Actually, my husband passed it along to me when he came down with it a few days after Halloween. It started with a nasty head cold with lots of congestion and I was shocked when I came down with it too because I haven't had a head cold in years, but I suppose being at such close quarters with hubby, it was logical that I'd get it as well. Anyway, no sooner was my husband's cold in full swing, I too found my sinuses congested to the max, and about the same time, we both developed a hacking cough which also involved a lot of congestion. This bothered me because I have NEVER been without CS in the house since I take it for practically everything, but for some strange reason, it didn't seem to be working very well this time. I had us both on a two tablespoon dose three times a day along with some herbal cough syrup and then added some extra vitamin C, D3, etc. along with Cayenne pepper capsules and Oil of Oregano capsules. I figured bringing out the big guns would surely knock out whatever was attacking us.
We had to stay home from work a day here and there since we had intermittent fever, though certainly nothing really high, and after a day or two, we'd feel a bit better and go back to work only to find that we were relapsing into the same state of being sick and feeling completely devoid of energy. Nevertheless, I kept us on the remedies and finally a few days before Thanksgiving, we were what you might consider, well enough to celebrate with the family, though not bouncing with energy by any means. Still, since we weren't feverish, had no head congestion, and only an annoying intermittent ticklish cough, we didn't feel that we'd contaminate anyone. So far we're still feeling almost back to normal, though here it is beginning of December and the effects of the virus....whatever it was... is just now fading away.
I have no idea what kind of viral infection we've had but needless to say that I was amazed that the CS didn't knock it out right away since we've relied on it so much over the past several years. It's been quite a learning experience and I don't know what if anything we should have done differently?
Any suggestions would be appreciated, though I know you can only relate personal experiences.
Once again, thanks for the timely newsletter and I look forward to the next one with anticipation. Best regards, MareReplied by Dave