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How Often We Forget History In 1889, one physician commented that boneset was very valuable for allaying cough with high fever, free perspiration, and lack of power to expectorate. In a review of influenza in 1915, another physician commented that boneset was “absolutely safe under all conditions. If too much is used, emesis is the only unpleasant result.” And, in 1918, it was reported that “recent experiences point to [boneset] as being one of the best agents to give quick results in epidemic influenza.” In the 1918 pandemic, one physician used boneset “from start to finish,” and sometimes gave it as a tonic after the acute stage of the disease was over. In the very early stages, when a patient only complained of aches and pains, this physician immediately gave large doses of boneset often. He was convinced that many influenza cases were aborted by the early use of boneset. Abascal & Yarnall in a review noted that a group of individuals exposed to the 1918 influenza pandemic were treated with herbal medicines including boneset. This alternative medication was extremely successful in treating influenza and alleviated the painful symptoms of the influenza and prevented pulmonary complications and death. Research reported a 0.6% fatality rate with the usage of the herbal treatment compared to a 3% rate that the influenza claimed without the treatment. The research even showed the properties of counteracting cytokine dysregulation caused by severe cases of the disease (Abascal & Yarnall 2006). Science on Boneset ~ European studies show that Boneset helps treat viral and bacterial infections by stimulating white blood cells to destroy disease-causing micro-organisms more effectively. (Habtemariam, S. and Macpherson, A. M. Cytotoxicity and antibacterial activity of ethanol extract from leaves of a herbal drug, boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum). Phytother Res 2000;14(7):575-577) ~ Another study showed that Boneset has anti-inflammatory properties lending support to its traditional uses. In the Journal of Ethnopharmacology 1st September 2011, Pages 371–381 after testing Boneset via LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 cells by NO/iNOS quantification, gene array, real-time PCR and ELISA the authors concluded its anti-inflammatory effects can be seen as a verification of the traditional use against inflammatory diseases. I use this herbal tea from the dried herbs: No. 117 Clear Lungs and Smooth Breathing For Lung Virus Into a pan put 2 cups of distilled water and heat at medium Add 20 grams of each (I used to say ¼ tsp. but, that is not accurate enough): Nettle Herb (dried leaf of Urtica dioica) Thyme Herb (dried leaf of Thymus vulgaris) Boneset Herb (dried leaf of Eupatorium perfoliatum) Bring to a boil. Then add 20 grams of each: Boneset Herb (again) Skullcap Herb (dried leaf of Scutellaria lateriflora) Turn off heat after 15 seconds and let seep 15 minutes. Strain and drink liquid; ¼ to ½ cup every hour. Can add 10 drops of Lobelia tincture for less tightness in lungs.

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