An Attempt to Evaluate Antiviral Activity of Plant Extracts to Combat Infections Caused by Viruses Including SARS COV-2.
23 Pages Posted: 22 May 2020
Date Written: May 12, 2020
As the number of viral infections and in particular resistant viral strains increasing, existing remedies need to be improved and brought into line with the discovery of new antiviral agents to fight persistent viral infections. It is generally believed that the gene pool of medicinal plants is valuable and endowed with precious compounds to treat metabolic and infectious disorders. The purpose of this review is to gather the facts and investigate into the therapeutic potential of medicinal plants, herbs and spices in the administration of various viral diseases. COVID-19 infections are treated with available antiviral therapy with unsatisfactory clinical results. Persistent viral infections that are resistant to the available antivirals are terrifying threats and a serious health problem like influenza infection. SARS CoV 2 remains a major threat to animal and human health, which urgently requires effective antivirals. Due to the increasing frequency of viral infections and particularly resistant viral strains, the available therapeutic facilities must be improved, compensated by the discovery of new antiviral agents to fight against refractory viral infections. The treatment of herbal remedies as readily available alternatives for their compatibility with the body and fewer side effects compared to synthetic chemical treatments has become popular worldwide.
Funding: The work is funded and supported by Bioved Research Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences -internal funding (College Funding )
Declaration of Interest: None to declare
Keywords: SARS-Cov-2, Corona, Plant Extracts, Medicinal Plants, Antiviral
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