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The role of herbal immunomodulators in chronic infections.


Julianne Grant is an experienced Melbourne-based naturopathic practitioner with a special interest in the management of chronic disease, including autoimmune conditions, cancer and chronic infections. Alongside her practice, Julianne is also a researcher, technical writer and educator for leading Australian herbal medicine company, OptimalRx. Julianne has worked in the health industry for over 17 years in varied roles within hospitals, sporting associations and private practice. She is passionate about education, both of her clients and of the naturopathic profession, and invests a great deal of time researching and implementing advances in natural medicine. Julianne is a full member of NHAA.

Introduction: Clinically, we are seeing a rise in the number of patients with chronic infections, which are often responsible for the development of chronic disease. Pathogenic microbes, particularly stealth infections, have the ability to modulate the immune system and promote inflammation, which is crucial to their long-term survival within the host. These pathogens generally evade a normal human immune response via immunosuppression and other virulence factors. Research has found a strong association between infection with pathogens, such as mycoplasma and borrelia, and chronic disease due to the sequelae of events post-infection. Effective management of infections with immunomodulators is paramount to the long-term health of the patient.

Focus of discussion: Herbal immunomodulators are crucial in the treatment of chronic infections. I will discuss the importance of the host's ability to mount an effective immune response, maintain immunosurveillance, and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokine production for the long-term health of the patient. The focus entails the role of herbal immunomodulators for this purpose, and relevant phytomedicines will be discussed.

Implications: Many practitioners focus upon eradicating the infection with herbal antimicrobials, underestimating the impact of the infection on the immune system and the resulting sequelae of adverse events. Herbal immunomodulators are of prime importance in treating chronic infections, particularly when dealing with/aiming to avoid chronic disease states.

Ms Julianne Grant (1)

(1) OptimalRx / Naturopath (private), Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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Title Annotation:10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine
Author:Grant, Julianne
Publication:Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine
Article Type:Report
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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