11 Sep

Could Olive Leaf Extract treat Extremely Drug Resistant TB

Olive leaf extract, which has been shown in clinical research to be effective against HIV, should be investigated for the treatment of Extremely Drug Resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB).

Olive leaf extract (OLE) is a powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory agent which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many conditions where antibiotics and other conventional medications have been found to be ineffective.

Like artemisinin, which is used for the treatment of malaria, olive leaf extract traditionally received little attention in medical circles, despite a wealth of anecdotal evidence indicating its efficacy for the treatment of anything from a multitude of conditions.

Olive leaf extract (OLE) is a powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory agent which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many conditions where antibiotics and other conventional medications have been found to be ineffective.

Like artemisinin, which is used for the treatment of malaria, olive leaf extract traditionally received little attention in medical circles, despite a wealth of anecdotal evidence indicating its efficacy for the treatment of anything from a multitude of conditions.Artemisinin, a powerful Chinese herbal remedy which has been used for centuries, was largely ignored by the medical establishment until drug resistant malaria highlighted it as the most effective treatment available.

Nowadays the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends artemisinin as the primary treatment for drug resistant malaria. To date, no resistance to artemisinin has been reported, although the WHO is keeping a careful eye on the situation. Artemisinin is also showing promise in the treatment of cancer.

Olive leaf extract has been receiving more attention recently, after clinical research done at the New York University School of Medicine found the natural extract to be effective against HIV without being toxic to uninfected cells. It was also shown to have a synergistic effect with existing antiretrovirals, and is reportedly being used to reduce the side effects of HAART (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy).

Olive leaf extract has a similar antiviral action to many antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), as both a potent protease and reverse transcriptase inhibitor. The New York University School of Medicine research found that olive leaf extract inhibits both HIV acute infection and replication.

Olive leaf extract also appears to be effective in the treatment of many of the opportunistic infections associated with HIV, like Kaposi’s sarcoma and HSV (herpes simplex).

To date there are no reports of serious side effects from olive leaf extract. Some people do however experience what is known as Herxheimers Reaction, which is caused by the die-off of a large amount of pathogens on the detoxification systems of body. Although symptoms tend to disappear after a few days anyway, a reduction in the dosage will usually offer relief.

Considering the fact that options for treatment of XDR-TB have virtually run out, it seems logical to investigate the potency of olive leaf extract in the treatment of this potentially deadly condition.

Since olive leaf extract appears to be helpful in the treatment of HIV, opportunistic infections and as a way to reduce side effects of ARVs, and TB is so often found in conjunction with HIV, it is certainly possible that it may prove beneficial as a low cost addition to treatment regimes. There is certainly no published evidence that has any negative interactions with existing medications.

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One Response to “Could Olive Leaf Extract treat Extremely Drug Resistant TB”

  1. andrew Says:

    please tell me more about the olives leaf and how can i get it?

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