Out of trillions organism present on the earth, only a few hundreds have been known to cause diseases.
Most infectious diseases are passed from person to person through direct or indirect contact with the infected patient. Others can be transmitted by insects or animals.
However, infectious disease, the most prevalence in the third world countries are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water.
Infectious diseases share the common symptoms of fever, diarrhea, muscle aches, coughing, fatigue similar to those of influenza. Other symptoms are totally depending on the types of organisms including bacteria, and virus.
In conventional medicine, except for viral infection, organisms induced infection can be treated with
antibiotics. If you are taking antibiotics for the treatment of chronic infection, please make sure that you know all the side effects for preventive measure.
Believe it or not, most cases of the infectious disease were stopped in the acute phase of infection. In which the immune system activated the first line of defense by destroying the pathogen before they have the chance of multiplication.
However, people with a weakened immune system such as the elderly and immature immune system such as the infants are prone to infectious disease.
Dr. Mouton CP, the lead scientist in the analysis of the immune system and disease associated with infection in the elderly wrote, "Infectious diseases account for one-third of all deaths in people 65 years and older... A change in mental status or decline in function may be the only presenting problem in an older patient with an infection. An estimated 90 percent of deaths resulting from pneumonia occur in people 65 years and older" and "Mortality resulting from influenza also occurs primarily in the elderly".
Turmeric is a perennial plant in the genus Curcuma, belonging to the family Zingiberaceae, native to tropical South Asia.
The herb has been used in traditional medicine as anti-oxidant, hypoglycemic, colorant, antiseptic, wound healing agent, and for the treatment of flatulence, bloating, and appetite loss, ulcers, eczema, inflammations, etc.
In the urgency to discover a natural antiviral infection for the treatment of infectious diseases, researchers examined the effect of β-cyclodextrin (CD) functionalized graphene oxide (GO) composite, against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is considered as the major viral pathogen of the lower respiratory tract of infants.
According to the results from the tissue culture infectious dose assay and immunofluorescence assay, curcumin loaded functional GO exerted a significant activity in the inhibition for RSV infection.
Furthermore, curcumin loaded functional GO improved greatly the biocompatibility to the host cells.
In other words, the composite inhibited the infection caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) without causing harm to the healthy cell in the tested cells.
Dr. the leads scientist after taking into account co and confounders wrote, "the composite could prevent RSV from infecting the host cells by directly inactivating the virus and inhibiting the viral attachment, and possessed prophylactic and therapeutic effects towards the virus.
Taken altogether, turmeric may be considered a supplement for the prevention and combined with chemical compound for the treatment of viral infection, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.
Intake of turmeric in the form of supplement should be taken with extreme care to prevent overdose acute liver toxicity.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.
(1) Curcumin as an Adjunct Drug for Infectious Diseases by Padmanaban G1, Rangarajan PN. (PubMed)
(2) Synergistic antiviral effect of curcumin functionalized graphene oxide against respiratory syncytial virus infection by Yang XX1, Li CM, Li YF, Wang J, Huang CZ. (PubMed)
(3) Common infections in older adults by Mouton CP1, Bazaldua OV, Pierce B, Espino DV. (PubMed)