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natural remedies?
Sep 30, 2008

Does anyone know of some natural remedies/herbs etc... which helps in HIV treatment?

Response from Dr. McGowan

This has been a question from the beginning of the epidemic. We have tried many nutritional and herbal therapies without clear benefit. What we do know is that maintaining good nutrition and lean body mass is a definite benefit to help maintain health. But, in the years before antiretroviral therapy became available (and for that matter before combination HAART became available) we could do very little to stop the unremitting growth of the virus. We need natural remedies as complementary treatments with HAART, to help lessen side effects and maintain health. But the first step is to shut down the virus' ability to make copies and, so far, HAART (in its various forms) is the only thing that seems to do that.


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