Adams Herbs







Lomatium Root               40%  
Isatis Leaf               10%  
Andrographis Herb               10%  
Goldenseal Root               10%  
Bupleurum Root                 7%  
Red Root                 7%  
Suma Root                 7%  
Fresh Horseradish                 5%  
Licorice Root                 2%  
Wasabi                 1%  



USES: Viral respiratory tract infections. Adjunctive therapy in other persistent viral infections. Topically on warts. Added to people’s fancy coffee drinks when they’re not looking as a practical joke: Mmmm… delicious!

The first five ingredients in the IDSB, accounting for 78% of the formula, were chosen primarily because they’re antivirals: germ-killers. This makes the IDSB first and foremost an allopathic formula. The idea being that healthy immune systems don’t need to be told what to do with a virus; they could just use a little assist doing it.

Lomatium is the cornerstone of the IDSB, and quite possibly the best antiviral we have. Even though there isn’t a shred of modern clinical research on it. It rises up through the lungs to permeate the entire respiratory tract. Isatis is a traditional Chinese “heat-clearing” herb which may rival Lomatium, but focused more on the throat. Andrographis is a superb head cold herb, putting up dramatic numbers in a number of recent trials. Goldenseal is slightly overrated as an antiviral – it’s better as an antibacterial. Here it takes more of a supportive role (see below). Bupleurum is pretty much all-purpose.

The IDSB is not wholly allopathic, however. The formula also addresses the immune system, but rather than try to provoke an immune response, it works instead to modulate and facilitate one.

Red root tones structural tissues of the lymphatics, preventing stagnation in these channels of communication and waste disposal. Suma upregulates cellular protein synthesis, needed for a robust antibody response and in clonal expansion of lymphocytes. Red Root and Suma also support detoxification, assisted by the Goldenseal (bile flow), Horseradish and Wasabi (hepatic phases I and II), and Bupleurum (hepatoprotective, clears liver heat).

Goldenseal tones the mucous membranes of the sinuses, while horseradish and Wasabi dissipate thick, boggy congestion. Lomatium thins congestion deeper in the lower respiratory tract.

If the illness tries to go deeper, Lomatium is waiting to guard the lungs, while Goldenseal works to keep anything bacterial from sinking its claws into the sinuses. Although not a major focus of the IDSB, many of the herbs subtly strengthen the immune system to prevent follow-up infections.

Spicy Horseradish and Wasabi balance the overly cooling nature of the lead herbs. Licorice harmonizes the formula.

Supportive practices: Stay hydrated, avoid stress, use proper hygiene, and don’t let the little rug-rats cough all over you. And do as I say, not as I do – allow yourself to rest when you’re coming down with something!

30-60 mg a day of zinc is a useful daily preventative, up to 150 mg a day in divided doses, for a week or less, while you’re fighting something off. NAC almost never flat-out stops a winter illness, but research does show that it can cut one in about half. Consider 1,500 mg a day, especially if there’s congestion. Those who get sick frequently should discuss adaptogenic or Fu Zheng formulas with a knowledgeable herbalist, or just take lots of Reishi mushroom for a few months.



© 2009 Adam Herbs. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Use common sense. Don't jump into a full therapeutic dose of anything the first day. Trust your experience more than someone's learned opinion. If you're dealing with something scary or serious, work with a professional. If the professional appears incompetent, find a better one.