Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Elderberry wine used to fight avian influenza

Israeli virologist Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu is one of the people at the forefront for avian influenza cures. Her treatment, Sambucol, which is already a clinically proven treatment for regular flu and in new in-vitro(def: In an artificial environment outside the living organism) tests, proved effective against avian influenza, is based on elderberries, an old folk remedy for influenza passed on from generation to generation.

Retroscreen Virology, a leading British medical research institute, announced that Sambucol at least 99% effective against the avian influenza virus, H5N1, and in cell cultures significantly neutralized the infectivity of the virus, taken from a strain isolated in Turkey. Another trial is now underway at Hadassah Medical Organization Ein Kerem, which is expected to confirm these findings.

While it is too soon to know if Sambucol can cure avian flu in humans, tests conducted so far are very encouraging.

Posted by john T. on 01/25 at 04:32 AM
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