AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the final stage of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) disease, which causes severe damage to the immune system. This limits the body’s ability to protect itself against other bacteria, fungus, parasites, and viruses that otherwise would not be a concern. If the HIV infection occurs there may be no symptoms for even years but the infection can still be transmitted during this period. Most that acquire the virus will eventually show symptoms, have acute HIV, and finally develop AIDS if they are not treated. A small percentage that acquire HIV will not progress to AIDS and this seems to be based on genetics.
The HIV is transmitted primarily by bodily fluids during any type of sexual contact. It may also be transmitted by contact with the blood of an infected person (including shared needles) or from mother to child during pregnancy and breast feeding. The common symptoms of AIDS include:
- Sweats (particularly at night)
- Swollen lymph glands
- Weight loss
AIDS is a pandemic in the world today and it is estimated that over 30 million people in the world are infected. In the United States it was the number one killer of young adults and by 2009 this has been reduced to number six.
A protocol (HAART) is used with some success to limit the virus. This uses a combination of several antiretroviral drugs and is quite complex and expensive. Wikipedia gives this explanation of this type of antiviral drugs.
Antiviral drugs are often nucleoside analogues, which are molecules very similar, but not identical to DNA building blocks. When the replication of virus DNA begins, some of these fake building blocks are incorporated. As soon as that happens, replication stops prematurely—the fake building blocks lack the essential features that allow the addition of further building blocks.
Thus, DNA production is halted, and the virus can no longer reproduce … Other antiviral drugs target different stages of the viral life cycle. HIV is dependent on an enzyme called the HIV-1 protease for the virus to become infectious. There is a class of drugs called protease inhibitors, which bind to this enzyme and stop it from functioning. ,,, HIV infections are usually treated with a combination of antiviral drugs, each targeting a different stage in the virus’s life-cycle. There are drugs that prevent the virus from attaching to cells, others that are
nucleoside analogues and some poison the virus’s enzymes that it needs to reproduce. Wikipedia also gives this information on alternative therapy:
Naturally occurring antiretrovirals
A variety of natural compounds have been proposed as treatments for HIV-infection. Among these compounds are the spice cumin, the fat AL 721, Chinese cucumber, the herb St John’s wort, the minerals selenium and zinc, beta-carotene (found in carrots), vitamin E, and mushrooms. No natural compounds have ever been shown to inhibit HIV replication in human test subjects.
Although the literature indicates that, to date, no antiviral agents have been found that will defeat the HIV there are a number of ways to consider that essential oils may help. A suggested protocol is a drop of Melissa and Protective Blend daily on the roof of the mouth combined with a healthy diet, exercise, and the LLV supplements for strength. Also see other pages devoted to individual health concerns that develop with AIDS.
Associated health concerns:
The following health concerns may occur with someone with AIDS and essential oils can help the weakened immune system deal with these pathogens.
Candida infections (depending on the strength and tolerance of the individual the following oils are effective against candida. Lemon (mild and easily tolerable), Protective Blend (strong and tolerable), Melaleuca (strong and reasonably tolerable), Oregano (very strong and hot, usually requires diluting)
• vaginal – oral capsules or internal suppositories
• rectal – oral capsules or internal suppositories
Bacterial infections – a number of oils are very effective against bacterial infections including Frankincense, Lavender, and Melaleuca.
• respiratory – consider
diffusing or capsules
• skin – topical applications to the affected area
Herpes simplex – Melaleuca should be applied neat or with a 50% carrier dilution. Apply topically to the outbreak area. Lavender, Myrrh, or a blend of Frankincense and Sandalwood can also be used.
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