VIR

VIR an exclusive anti-viral and immune-boosting herbal formulation, consisting of all-natural ingredients that work together to wipe out viruses and improve overall immune system function.*

Study after study implicates viruses as one of the killers of people’s health. Some viruses are symptom-less, and in the long-term, even fatal. They have a propensity to stay in your system and cause long-term chronic diseases if not properly addressed.*

VIR is a key ingredient to support good health, and it’s a whole food supplement.*

West Coast Professional Strength VIR Ingredients include:

Lomatium Root
Lomatium dissectum is an anti-viral and anti-bacterial herbal medicine. The root of the
Lomatium dissectum plant is a natural medicine with extensive traditional use by the Native
Americans. It was used primarily for upper respiratory infections, although a great many other
uses have been noted. The anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties of Lomatium dissectum have
attracted the interest of herbalists and Naturopathic physicians who are utilizing it in the
treatment of today’s most difficult viral diseases. It may be part of a protocol in the treatment of
Hepatitis-C, Influenza, HIV, AIDS, Chronic fatigue, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Herpes simplex,
Sinusitis, and common Colds.*

Echinacea Root
Echinacea has a complex mix of active substances, some of which are said to be antimicrobial,
while others are believed to possibly have an effect on the human immune system. All species
of this herbal remedy have compounds called phenols. Many plants contain phenols, active
substances which control the activity of a range of enzymes and cell receptors, and protect the
plant from infections and UV radiation damage. Phenols have high antioxidant properties,
which are good for human health. Echinacea also contains alkyl amides or alkamides, which
have an effect on the immune system. It also contains polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and
caffein acid derivatives.*

Scientists from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy reviewed over a dozen
studies on the effects of Echinacea on people’s risk of catching a cold. They concluded that
Echinacea can reduce a person’s chances of catching a cold by approximately 58%.
Echinacea is used by people today for: acid indigestion, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD), chronic fatigue syndrome, diphtheria, dizziness, genital herpes, gum disease, malaria,
migraines, pain, rattlesnake bites, rheumatism, septicemia-bloodstream infections,
streptococcus infections, syphilis, the flu, tonsillitis, typhoid, urinary tract infections, and vaginal
yeast infections.*

Astragalus Root
Astragalus membranaceus has been researched for its cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory, and
longevity effects. Though Astragalus membranaceous supplementation has been shown to
reduce the metabolic and physical complications of aging, there are currently no studies that
show an actual increase in lifespan. The flavonoid content of Astragalus membranaceus may
also contribute to its cardioprotective effects. Its polysaccharide content also protects the heart
because it is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, and it is able to reduce cholesterol levels, similar
to psyllium husk, which is a fiber supplement.*

Eleuthero Root
Eleuthero is classified as an adaptogenic herb, a truly sophisticated and powerful group of
plants. Unlike so many herbs, these adaptogens seem to work subtly with the body in a
systematic way to increase your overall health. They are known for helping your body adapt to
changes in the environment. And they can be used safely over a long period of time. With
3,000 studies and counting, eleuthero has been studied more than any other herb on the planet.
Eleuthero seems to help your body adapt to stress and makes your stress response more
efficient. It seems to strengthen your memory and help you stay clear-headed even when
you’re under pressure. It helps you enjoy sustained energy over the long-term without the jitters
or energy roller coasters of stimulants like caffeine.*

Rhodiola Rosea
The Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) documented use of R. rosea as an astringent
to treat hernia, leucorrhea, hysteria, and headache. For centuries, the plant has been used in
Russia and Scandinavia, where the majority of the research has been published. The plant has
also been used as a hemostatic. Extract of R. rosea is registered in Russia as a medicinal
product for human use. Plant adaptogens, such as those from R. rosea, have been suggested
for improving mental and physical performance through stimulatory effects on various
physiological systems. Central nervous system (CNS) activity of R. rosea has been reported.
Earlier studies found that low to medium doses of the plant had stimulatory effects while larger
doses had sedative effects. In lower doses, R. rosea stimulated norepinephrine, dopamine,
serotonin, and nicotinic cholinergic systems in the CNS. R. rosea also appears to increase the
permeability of the blood-brain barrier to precursors of dopamine and serotonin and also
appears to improve cerebral circulation.*

Elderberry
The elder flowers have been used for their diuretic and laxative properties and as an astringent.
Various parts of the elder have been used to treat cancer and many other unrelated disorders.
European elder flowers contain approximately 0.3% of an essential oil composed of free fatty
acids and alkanes. The triterpenes alpha- and beta-amyrin, ursolic acid, oceanic acid, betulin,
betulic acid, and a variety of other minor components have been identified. The elder leaf
contains sambunigrin, a cyanogenic glucoside. The fruit of the elderberry contains phenolics,
including quercetin, kaempferol, rutin, and phenolic acids and anthocyanins. The Sambucus
species has been studied for its lectin composition, which has hemagglutinin characteristics
useful in blood typing. In vitro studies have shown that elderberry extracts exert activity against
the influenza virus A (including H1N1) and B and the herpes simplex virus. Induction of quinine
reductase and cyclo-oxygenase-2 has been suggested to be responsible for anticancer effects
in vitro.*

Red Root
The myth of the spleen as an unimportant organ is still perpetuated in many Western medical
circles. There is a much different perspective in alternative health. We view the spleen as the
body’s largest lymph node. It is through the spleen and lymphatic system that we address how
well our immune system functions, how waste descends and is removed from the body, and
how nutrients are sent up into the body to build blood, nourish cells and muscles. The
deficiency of the spleen results in edema, anemia, dampness in the stomach and swollen lymph
nodes. There is decreased immune function, loss of appetite and decreased digestive function.
That is just the beginning; there are a host of other issues that manifest as chronic or acute
problems when spleen deficiency begins.*

We learned many uses of red root from the Native Americans. The Cherokee used the root as a
digestive aid. The Chippewa used the root for constipation and bloating, pulmonary troubles
and shortness of breath. The Iroquois made a decoction of the leaves, which are said to be
more astringent than the root, for diarrhea, and the root for the blood and colds. Many tribes
also found that it was helpful as a wash for wound healing, probably due to its astringent
properties, and for healing the sores of venereal disease.*

Red root stimulates lymph and interstitial fluid circulation. It acts as an anti-inflammatory to the
spell and lymph nodes, prevents blood that is high in fat from clumping, and smoothes stomach
and intestinal function. The blood transports better, because inflammation across the surface of
the lymph nodes is decreased, and bioavailability of nutrients to the cells is increased. We see
cases of malabsorption improve dramatically with the introduction of red root. It is a plant that
clears excess secretion, and tightens tissue, influencing function to improve. When this occurs,
blood is built, improving anemic conditions, cells and muscles receive their proper nutrients, and
appetite and immunity improve. There are many ways to apply red root to dysfunction in the
body. It’s recognized that the spleen plays a major role in digestive function, and when digestive
disorders are present on a disease or syndrome level, deficiency of the spleen is a contributing
factor. Spleen deficiency appears in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Disease
(Chron’s and Colitis), where there is impaired uptake of nutrients and imbalance between wet
and dry in the gut, and they respond very well to red root as a long-term tonic at moderately low
doses.*

The astringent qualities that dry up damp conditions aid conditions where lymphatic congestion
is a problem. Mastitis, mononucleosis, tonsillitis and strep infections all find relief from red root.
It reduces lymphatic swelling, and sooth sore throats. Chronic conditions that affect lymphatic
function respond well to red root. They are leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, rheumatism, AIDS and
various types of anemias. Because red root has a grand effect on overactive mucosa, it is an
excellent expectorant.*

Prickly Ash
Prickly Ash acts as a stimulant-resembling guaiacum resin and mezereon bark in its remedial
action and is greatly recommended in the United States for chronic rheumatism, typhoid and
skin diseases and impurity of the blood.*

Ginger Root
Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and
indigestion and is used for wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor
circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia (bloating, heartburn, flatulence), indigestion and
gastrointestinal problems such as gas and stomach cramps. Ginger is a powerful antiinflammatory
herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems. It has
also been indicated for arthritis, fevers, headaches, toothaches, coughs, bronchitis,
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, to ease tendonitis, lower cholesterol and blood-pressure and
aid in preventing internal blood clots. Ginger has been well researched and many of its
traditional uses confirmed. It is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and
indigestion. It is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation, lowering high blood
pressure and keeping the blood thin in higher doses. Ginger is anti-viral and makes a warming
cold and flu remedy. Ginger may also be taken orally as a herbal remedy to prevent or relieve
nausea resulting from chemotherapy, motion sickness, pregnancy, and surgery. Ginger root can
be made into herbal tea, known in the Philippines as salabat. Drink this tea to ease gut
inflammation and boost your liver health.*

Licorice Root
Licorice root has remarkable list of properly documents uses, and might be among the highest
overlooked of all natural treatments. It’s useful for several conditions including asthma, athlete’s
foot, baldness, body odor, bursitis, canker sores, chronic exhaustion, melancholy, influenza,
coughs, dandruff, emphysema, gout, heartburn, HIV, viral infections, fungal infections, liver
troubles, Lyme disease, menopause, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, tendinitis, arthritis,
tuberculosis, ulcers, and yeast infections. There is research that shows that the Glycyrrhizic
acid that is in licorice root can help with nervousness and depression by encouraging the
function of the adrenal glands. One benefit of licorice root that is used pretty frequently is that is
can be used to deal with digestive abnormalities and many issues with the intestines. The
licorice root’s flavonoids can help with discomfort and inflammation of the digestive system.
Also, soothing agents in licorice root may quiet and soothe the digestion system, which in turn
can help to promote a healthy bowel. Licorice root extract has been utilized in treating herpes
simplex, sores, and shingles. Several studies show that the antiviral action of the herb may
suppress the return and progression of cold sores due to the herpes virus.*

Garlic
Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, which has potent medicinal properties. It is highly
nutritious, but has very few calories. It can combat sickness, including the common cold. The
active compounds in garlic can reduce blood pressure. Garlic improves cholesterol levels,
which may lower the risk of heart disease. It contains antioxidants that my help prevent
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Athletic performance can be improved with garlic
supplementation. Eating garlic can help detoxify heavy metals in the body. It may improve
bone health.*

Stevia Leaf Extract
Scientific research has indicated that Stevia effectively regulates blood sugar and brings it
toward a normal balance. An important benefit for hypo-glycemics is Stevia’s tonic action which
enhances increased energy levels and mental acuity. Studies have also indicated that Stevia
tends to lower elevated blood pressure, but does not seem to affect normal blood pressure. It
also inhibits the growth and reproduction of some bacteria and other infectious organisms,
including the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. This may help explain why
users of Stevia enhanced products report a lower incidence of colds and flu. Stevia is an
exceptional aid in weight loss and weight management because it contains no calories and
reduces one’s craving for sweets and fatty foods.*