“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

One of my first lessons as a drug chemist was that bacterial and viral infections could be conquered without a prescription drug.

Mother Nature has a secret and extremely powerful antibiotic and immune booster. This substance is so powerful, Big Pharma has been trying to make a synthetic version of it in their top-secret labs for almost 15 years.

Most prescription antibiotics and antivirals are nothing more than counterfeits of what Mother Nature has to offer. Consider the following expert testimony from Dr. Edwin L. Cooper, professor at the University of California: “Several valuable drugs have been isolated from plant and animal sources; these include aspirin, morphine, reserpine (the first antipsychotic), almost all antibiotics, digitalis, and anti-cancer agents such as vincristine, vinblastine, and Taxol.”

Big Pharma doesn’t like promoting this fact, because they know that drug sales would be curbed by people turning to natural medicine. Instead, they promote fear in order to sell their counterfeits.

Do you remember how many people swallowed Tamiflu in fear of a global pandemic of the notorious bird flu? Enough to earn its maker Roche a record $2 billion, at least! I don’t know if Tamiflu users feared that the bird flu would turn into the human flu or feared that they would turn into birds. One is about as likely to happen as the other.

And consider how vaccines are sold. Government-backed vaccination programs and the resulting fear that a lack of vaccine will put the population at risk have created further unease – sometimes mass hysteria.

In reality, the threat of a naturally occurring, global pandemic of any type is minuscule. But whether you’re facing a potential worldwide illness or a common cold, you don’t need to turn to the drugstore to find relief. The wonder-herb known as “andrographis” is available at your local health food store.

Andrographis comes from India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. This herb supercharges your immune system and helps flush out viral and bacterial infections. Here is just a sampling of what andrographis can do…

Reduces Severity and Duration of Cold and Flu

Historically, this herb has been used primarily as a treatment for cold and flu symptoms. Recent double-blind human trials have proven that the use of andrographis reduces not only the severity but also the duration of those symptoms. Most people find that it relieves throat soreness, but researchers also noted that it improved other symptoms, including temperature, headache, muscle aches, cough, nasal symptoms, general malaise, and eye symptoms.

Helps Overcome Gum Disease

A new application for andrographis is as a medication for periodontal disease and gingivitis, a condition that’s common in individuals over 60 years old. Research has proven that andrographis is effective in inhibiting and killing the bacteria primarily responsible for periodontal disease, which prevents the subsequent loss of teeth.

Beats Many Infections

Andrographis has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat snakebites, malaria, and dysentery. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is considered to be especially effective in clearing heat from the body and blood, and is commonly used to treat heart conditions, along with infection in the lungs, urinary tract, and throat. Within the halls of Big Pharma, modern research has proven andrographis to be beneficial at removing blood clots, stopping the spread of multiple types of cancer, and increasing the amount of immune-enhancing white blood cells that the immune system produces.

Wow! Imagine if a prescription drug could do all that!

Making Andrographis Work for You

Big Pharma has failed miserably at designing a synthetic counterfeit of andrographis. A good thing – because in their natural state, medicinal wonder-herbs are always superior. Use them and say no to prescription drugs.

To make andrograhis work for you, you need to take the right dose as soon as you start to see cold symptoms: one gram for every 25 pounds of body weight, split into three daily doses. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, you would take six grams daily – two grams three times each day.

You’ll find that most health food stores sell andrographis as a whole herb or as a four- to six-percent standardized extract of andrographolide, one of its active ingredients,. All of these product variations are suitable. However, stay away from anything greater than a six-percent extract, which may be missing other naturally occurring ingredients that are vital for the herb’s efficacy.

[Ed. Note: Shane “The People’s Chemist” Ellison has an MS in organic chemistry and firsthand experience in drug design and synthesis. He is an internationally recognized authority on therapeutic nutrition. Get his “Foundational Health Education” to beat obesity, heart disease, and even Type II diabetes by clicking here.]