by Jonathan Otto
Jonathan Otto is an investigative journalist, filmmaker and
His life narrative is
characterized by his unceasing
desire to uncover truth and alleviate suffering in the world.
volunteers his own time overseas, especially in Africa where he has
sometimes faced life-threatening situations, and continually draws
finances from his own pocket if necessary.
In more recent years, Jonathan has turned his attention to seeking
truth and exposing error in the area of health and wellness.
has led him to create and collaborate as an editor and producer on
many health films and projects, such as the docu-series,
About Cancer and The Truth About Vaccines (with Ty Bollinger)
Against Disease with Dr. Joseph Mercola
more recently in
Jonathan's self-hosted series, Bible Health Secrets and Autoimmune
These documentaries represent his unceasing global quest
to find truth, gathering stories and protocols from world-renowned
experts and their patients.
Jonathan has been featured in
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According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association,
autoimmune disease affects 50 million Americans today. 1
Researchers have identified 80-100 different autoimmune diseases and
suspect at least 40 additional diseases of having an autoimmune
basis. These diseases are chronic and can be life-threatening.
NIH estimates annual direct health care costs for AD to be in the
range of $100 billion (source: NIH presentation by Dr. Fauci, NIAID).
In comparison, cancers costs are $57 billion (source: NIH, ACS), and
heart and stroke costs are $200 billion (source: NIH, AHA). 3
What about you?
Whether you just learned that you have an autoimmune disease or
you've been struggling to manage for years, you may be one of the
growing numbers of people who choose alternative medicine over
We're fortunate to have access to thousands of years' of medical
knowledge gained from diverse cultures around the world, including
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic (traditional Indian)
medicine, Egyptian, and ancient Greek and Roman medical systems.
although they each developed their own medical practices, they all
evolved around plant-based medicines.
Plant-based medicines are often found to be as effective - sometimes
more effective - than
what Big Pharma has to offer. And they're far
more affordable and less prone to side effects than pills produced
by the pharmaceutical industry.
Safe, effective natural remedies are available to treat every
medical concern. Here's our guide to the top 15 healing remedies to
help you effectively treat (or prevent) autoimmune disease at any
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also called
winter cherry or
Indian ginseng, has been one of the most popular natural healing
remedies in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine for almost 5,000
Throughout the centuries, Ashwagandha has been proven to be
one of the most versatile and effective natural remedies.
Ashwagandha is one of the most commonly used and best researched
adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens are incredible healing plants that
provide numerous health benefits.
Hundreds of published studies prove Ashwagandha is highly effective
improving thyroid function
increasing stamina and endurance
fatigue due to stress
stabilizing blood sugar
A 2014 study proved ashwagandha to be an effective remedy in
management of rheumatoid arthritis. 4
And a 2018 study demonstrated
that treatment with ashwagandha may be beneficial for normalizing
thyroid indices in subclinical hypothyroid patients. 5
Ashwagandha is prized for its many neuroprotective, brain-boosting
supporting brain cell regeneration
anxiety and depression
lowering cortisol levels
improving nervous conditions
ability to protect the body from the toxic effects of physical and
emotional stress are what makes it such a popular herb.
The root and leaves of the Ashwagandha plant are most commonly used
for their medicinal properties. Most studies that demonstrate the
beneficial effects of ashwagandha have used the root.
Common dosage is 300-500 mg of a root extract taken with meals.
Lower doses (50-100 mg) have been shown to help in some instances,
such as enhancing the effect of anxiety-modifying agents.
also be applied topically as a paste made from its root powder to
treat boils, ulcers, and skin infections.
Garlic (Allium sativum) is rich in vitamins and minerals, especially
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, Vitamin C, calcium, iron,
magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Garlic contains the high-sulphur compound, allicin, which has potent
antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. In fact,
garlic has been used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial, fungal and
parasitic infections for the last 7,000 years.
Some studies have
shown a diluted garlic extract helps children with tapeworm
Numerous research works have shown the immunomodulatory and
immunotherapeutic potentials of AGE (a garlic preparation and
extraction method) as a whole, including free radical-mediated
anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiangiogenic effects, as well
as improving hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia, cardiovascular
diseases, infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, and allergy,
which have been shown in both animal models and cell lines. 6
Garlic builds up immunity against common colds, and helps keep our
digestive system clean by flushing out toxins.
An additional benefit of a healthy digestive system is healthy skin. Garlic protects
skin from the harmful effects of free radicals and fights the
depletion of collagen. Topically, it helps heal scars and treats
eczema, and fungal infections like ringworm and athlete's foot.
Garlic benefits can be increased by chopping or mincing it and then
allowing it to sit a few minutes before cooking or adding an acid
such as lemon juice. This increases the availability of both the
sulfur compounds and the alliinase enzymes.
Mint, peppermint, parsley, and fennel seeds can mask the smell of
garlic on the breath or body if taken with or directly after meals
that include much garlic.
Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea), also known as "golden root" or "Arctic
root" grows in the cold, mountainous areas of Northern Europe and
Asia, where it has been used for centuries to treat stress, anxiety,
Rhodiola is prized for its ability to improve brain
function, benefit mental health, fight fatigue, and enhance physical
and intellectual performance.
It stimulates the brain and enhances memory, concentration, and
energy while fighting anxiety and maintaining calmness. It's able to
achieve these benefits by raising neurotransmitters such as
serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
The 140 active ingredients in this adaptogenic herb help your body
adapt to physical, chemical and environmental stress. It can be used
to boost athletic performance, lower cortisol levels that spike in
times of stress, and burn belly fat.
In a clinical trial published in 2017 in Complementary Medicine
Research, 100 people with prolonged or chronic fatigue received 400
mg of rhodiola daily (2 doses of 200 mg) for eight weeks.
The greatest change was observed after only one week. Participants
experienced statistically significant improvements by the eighth
week. They improved their mood and concentration, and reduced their
stress and fatigue. 7
In patients with autoimmune diseases, Rhodiola helps tame the
erratic response that leads to autoantibody production. The daily
dose is 250 mg daily.
Precautions: Rhodiola should not be used by individuals with
manic or bipolar disorders. 8
Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus), also known as milk vetch,
is one of the most powerful immune-boosting plants you'll ever find.
This adaptogenic herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine
for over 2,500 years and has become one of its most revered
To this day, it continues to be prized for its immune-boosting
properties, and its ability to shield the body from the toxic
effects of stress and disease.
Astragalus root is commonly used to treat,
...and other serious immune system disorders in people who prefer natural medical remedies.
also used to treat fibrotic changes in the tissues as can occur
with autoimmune diseases like diabetes, nephritis, hepatitis,
arthritis, and dermatitis.
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City one of
the most respected cancer hospitals in the world mentions using astragalus root on its website.
"Astragalus has immunestimulating effects and may help to reduce
This miraculous herb boosts cardiovascular and respiratory systems,
prevents diabetes, and helps to heal wounds. And the antioxidants
found in astragalus root help combat disease and aging due to free
Many healthy people take astragalus root as a general health-booster
or to fortify their immune system during cold and flu season.
Studies have shown that ongoing use of astragalus root increases
antibodies, T-cells, and interferon all of which strengthen the
immune system and protect the body against disease.
A 2012 study from Beijing demonstrated that astragalus helps control
t-helper cells 1 and 2, thus regulating the body's immune responses.
Astragalus is traditionally used in teas or powders, often combined
with other herbs, of 20 to 100 grams per day of crude powder.
Commercial capsules usually include 100-200 mg in blended formulas
or 500 mg in single herb capsules taken 2-3 times per day.
Moringa (moringa oleifera) leaves and pods provide much-needed
nutrients to malnourished people in developing countries.
drought-resistant tree is an excellent source of protein, vitamins A
and C, calcium, amino acids, and potassium.
Common names include,
West Indian ben
This powerful plant is used to treat a variety of health conditions,
high blood pressure
low sex drive
It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic,
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
A 2015 study published in Pharmacognosy Magazine demonstrated the
anti-inflammatory effect of moringa leaf extract. 10
Moringa's leaves, flowers, and seeds are rich in flavonoids,
polyphenols, and ascorbic acid. These powerful antioxidants support
brain health and cognitive function, as well as fighting free
radicals molecules that cause inflammation, cell damage, and
It's other brain-boosting abilities include stabilizing serotonin,
dopamine, and noradrenaline in the brain, which are crucial for
mental health, memory, mood, and organ function.
High concentrations of polyphenols protect the liver against
oxidation, toxicity, and damage. Moringa's blood-clotting properties
support wound healing, and fighting fungal skin infections, urinary
tract infections, and digestive issues.
This amazing plant reduces inflammation by inhibiting inflammatory
enzymes and proteins. And in diabetics, it lowers lipid and glucose
levels, and controls oxidative stress preventing cell damage.
Moringa leaf powder provides several cardiovascular benefits,
including lowering cholesterol levels, controlling lipid levels in
the blood, and stopping the formation of artery-blocking plaques.
The leaf powder can be added to a smoothie or drink it as a tea.
Moringa can have
laxative effects in large quantities, so a safe dose to
introduce it into your food or diet and avoid digestive problems
is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per day. 11
Sage (Salvia officinalis) has been prized used as a natural medicine
for thousands of years.
When consumed even in small amounts, sage is
a powerful brain booster. It prevents neurodegenerative diseases
like Alzheimer's and dementia, improves memory and concentration,
and reduces inflammation.
According to medical doctor and natural medicine advocate, Dr. Sruti
Lam, "Every time I look at sage, the thing that comes to my mind is
women's health. Sage is an excellent reproductive tonic. It is also
used for insomnia when you come to a menopausal age.
night sweats, and hot flashes. So, it also decreases mood and
anxiety, and so helps people sleep, especially by balancing out your
That is one of the main uses of sage.
"Sage, like rosemary, is also antibacterial, and it has an affinity
for our throat, and our bronchial tract. Just inhaling sage oil, or
diffusing sage, actually helps with clearing out your sinuses and
your respiratory tract.
"This incredible herb fights free radicals, prevent or improve
diabetes, boost your immune system, improve the health of your skin
and strengthen your bones.
"Sage oil can also be used for insomnia. You can diffuse it all
over the house, and sage is just a beautiful plant that can just
grow in your kitchen garden.
It contains a lot of different
properties for the guy system as well, helps with bloating and
In a study in Switzerland, 71 menopausal women experiencing at least
five hot flushes daily were treated with a once-daily tablet of
fresh sage leaves for 8 weeks.
The mean total number of hot flushes per day decreased significantly
each week. The mean number of mild, moderate, severe, and very
severe flushes decreased by 46%, 62%, 79%, and 100% over 8 weeks,
In addition to diffusing sage essential oil, fresh or dried sage can
be added to food dishes and used as a tea.
Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a tropical vine that grows up to
100 feet tall in the Amazon rainforest.
Its name comes from its
hook-like thorns that resemble cat claws. South Americans have been
using its roots and bark for centuries as a natural remedy for
treating numerous ailments, especially arthritis and digestive
Cat's claw effectively treats gastrointestinal disorders, including,
It's one of the most potent antiviral herbs for boosting the immune
system and fighting infections.
Oxindole alkaloids, found in the
bark and roots, are the active ingredients that strengthen the
In addition to being a powerful antiviral, cat's claw is also
antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-mutagenic. It's been used as
an effective, natural treatment for arthritis, allergies, asthma,
diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and
lowering blood pressure.
In 2002, the Journal of
Rheumatology published a randomized double-blind study of cat's
claw for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers found in
40 people with RA the supplement reduced joint swelling and pain by
more than 50 percent compared to placebo. 13
According to a study published in Inflammation Research,
people with knee osteoarthritis experienced similar results in pain
Cat's claw can be taken as capsules, tablets, liquid, and tea bags.
A common dosage for immune support is 250-300 mg daily.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is an excellent source of vitamins K,
C and A, potassium, and protective flavonoid antioxidants plant
compounds that fight diseases.
The two most popular types of parsley
One of the most exciting health benefits of this humble little herb
is its cancer-fighting properties.
Myricetin is a flavonoid found in
parsley, which has been shown to help prevent skin cancer. Parsley
contains one of the highest concentrations of myricetin found in any
Studies have shown that parsley and other green herbs and vegetables
can block the cancer-causing effects of heterocyclic amines. These
carcinogenic chemicals are produced when meat is grilled at high
Apigenin is a natural chemical found in parsley.
In a 2015 study, it
was shown to decrease tumor size in an aggressive form of breast
cancer. Researchers believe that apigenin could one day be a
promising natural cancer treatment. 15
Parsley also fights several other health concerns, including
inflammation, kidney stones, digestive issues, skin problems, poor
immunity, bladder infection, oxidative stress, and bad breath.
The results of a 2011 study indicates that parsley essential oil has
a suppressant effect on immune cells. 16
Parsley is a diuretic, which helps the urinary system. It's also a
bitter, so it assists with peristalsis, which is the movement of the
food after we eat it. Parsley helps our food to move from our
stomach, and go through the small and large intestine.
Fresh parsley should be washed right before using since it is highly
fragile. Just swish in clean water to dislodge dirt or sand. Parsley
can be used to make tabouli or added to pesto, salads, soups, and
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), sometimes called Chinese or Mexican
parsley, is a versatile herb that contains several vitamins and
minerals, including vitamin K, folate, potassium, manganese and
It's also rich in phytonutrients, phenolic compounds,
flavonoids, and antioxidants betacarotene, beta-cryptoxanthin,
lutein, and zeaxanthin.
Cilantro's numerous health benefits include its ability to promote
the detoxification of heavy metals, reduce anxiety, improve sleep,
lower blood sugar levels, boost heart health, support the digestive
system, promote skin health, and fight free radical damage that can
lead to a number of degenerative diseases.
Research studies have found cilantro inhibits the accumulation of
lead in the body, making it an effective, natural detox agent.
antimicrobial and heavy metal chelation properties of cilantro have
made it a popular ingredient in "detoxification" juices and drinks
to remove toxins from the body.
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2015 examined
the ability of cilantro extracts to protect skin against damage
caused by UltraViolet (UV) B radiation.
The results supported the
potential of C. sativum (cilantro) to prevent skin photoaging.
Due to its high antioxidant content, oil extracted from the leaves
of cilantro has been shown to inhibit unwanted oxidation when added
to other foods, delaying or preventing spoilage.
Cilantro has tender leaves that are best to add either raw or near
the end of cooking to maintain their delicate flavor and texture.
Separate the leaves from the stems and only use the leaves. Use a
sharp knife or herb shears and cut gently so the flavor is not lost
on the cutting board.
Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii) or Peruvian ginseng has been used as a
natural medicine for over 3,000 years.
It's highly nutritious and a
good source of protein, fiber, vitamins B6 and C, copper, iron, potassium, and manganese. Maca root powder contains over 20 amino
acids and 20 free-form fatty acids.
Maca root benefits the endocrine system, which regulates energy
levels, sexual function, fertility, digestion, and the brain and
nervous system. Maca root acts as an adaptogen, helping the body
cope with stress and bringing it back into balance.
Several studies have shown that maca can enhance mood, and reduce
anxiety, and depression. Flavonoids contribute to the improvement
in mental health.
It can also improve brain function, including learning and memory.
It's traditionally been used by to improve children's performance
Maca root powder is a popular supplement among bodybuilders and
athletes to gain muscle, increase strength, boost energy, enhance
endurance, and improve exercise performance.
It may also shrink an enlarged prostate and possibly reduce the
chance of prostate cancer due to its high concentration of glucosinolates. Other benefits include improving blood pressure and
protecting skin from UV rays.
Maca can help with,
published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science showed
that maca can balance female sex hormones and alleviate symptoms of
Maca can be used in soups or drinks and baked or roasted.
Cinnamon was prized by early medical systems all over the world.
Ayurvedic, Egyptian, and ancient Greek and Roman physicians
recognized the incredible, natural healing powers of cinnamon.
Although we have the option of modern medicine, many still prefer to
use nature's most potent healing remedies.
Around 70% of North America uses Cassia Cinnamon (Cinnamomum
This is because it is much cheaper than Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum
zeylanicum) which tends to be more costly because of the hand
crafted process needed to harvest it and roll it in multiple thin
layers. Only Ceylon Cinnamon has low levels of coumarin, while all
other varieties of cinnamon have high levels of coumarin.
is a substance that can cause liver damage or complete failure.
The best cinnamon for health purposes is
A 2014 study noted that cinnamon is,
anti-oxidant, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer,
lipid-lowering and cardiovascular-disease-lowering compound.
Cinnamon has also
been reported to have activities against neurological disorders,
such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases". 20
Separate research studies have found that cinnamon helps alleviate
symptoms of cervical and colon cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's
disease, and tooth decay.
Cinnamon's powerful healing properties come primarily from the
essential oils in its bark.
These oils contain active components
called cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol and
can be credited with most of cinnamon's medicinal benefits.
Cinnamon's ability to decrease arachidonic acid from cell membranes
makes it an anti-inflammatory food that can be helpful in lessening
inflammation throughout the body.
Since cinnamon is such a delicious seasoning, natural medicine
practitioners recommend adding cinnamon to high-carb foods, which
can reduce the impact on blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon slows the rate
at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood
sugar after eating.
Since cinnamon has a positive impact on blood sugar levels, it may
help people with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to respond to
insulin and normalize their blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon is often used to flavor dishes like oatmeal, baked goods,
yogurt, soups and stews.
The cinnamon stick can be infused in hot
water to make cinnamon tea. Supplements and cinnamon essential oil
are also available.
Paprika (Capsicum annuum) is known to support immune function and
aid in treating autoimmune conditions. It promotes healthy digestion
by increasing stomach acids and saliva, which help to break down
foods and make nutrients more easily absorbed.
Paprika is rich in vitamin C, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, which help purify blood and provide protection against cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes.
It also stimulates the body's serotonin and norepinephrine levels,
which help balance mood and stress levels.
A study in 2016 demonstrated that paprika contains many
antioxidants, including carotenoids, that fight disease-causing
free radicals. 21 Its high vitamin B content helps produce the "good
sleep" hormone, melatonin, which regulates and maintains a healthy
Paprika's anti-inflammatory properties help people suffering from
autoimmune and inflammatory diseases by alleviating the swelling
caused by arthritis and joint pain.
The best way to get the medicinal benefits of paprika is from
peppers dried naturally in the sun or on a low temperature in a
Paprika can be used in just about any kind of food dish.
flavor profile can be released by heating it in oil.
Bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) have
strong antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal and antioxidant
They have been used as a natural medicine since Roman times. Its
common names include bay laurel, sweet bay, bay, true laurel,
Grecian laurel, laurel tree or simply laurel. 23
Bay leaves have a powerful effect on the gastrointestinal system.
The organic compounds found are very effective for settling upset
stomachs, assisting with the digestive process and nutrient intake,
soothing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or relieving the
symptoms of Celiac disease.
Add bay leaves to your cooked foods or rub some bay essential oil on
your stomach after having a meal to improve the secretion of
digestive enzymes, juices, and bile.
A study in Phytotherapy Research shows bay leaves reduce
inflammation throughout the body.
These leaves contain a unique phytonutrient called parthenolide,
which can quickly reduce inflammation and irritation when topically
applied to affected areas, such as sore joints or areas affected by
Thanks to bay leaves natural antibacterial qualities, inhaling the
essential oil of bay leaves has a similar effect to aromatherapy and
can loosen up phlegm and eliminate dangerous bacteria that may be
trapped in your respiratory tracts.
The essential oil can also be
mixed into a salve and applied to the chest to help alleviate
various respiratory conditions. This can also be achieved with a
poultice made of the leaves. Spread it on the chest and allow it to
Chang shan (Dichroa febrifuga Lour), also known as dichroa root, has
been used by Chinese herbalists for 2,000 years to treat malaria. It
comes from a type of hydrangea that grows in Tibet and Nepal.
A 2012 study from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine suggests
that a compound called halofuginone, derived from chang shan,
could be used to treat many autoimmune disorders.
It turns out that halofuginone (HF) triggers a stress-response
pathway that blocks the development of a harmful class of immune
cells, called Th17 cells, which have been implicated in many
autoimmune disorders. 2
"HF prevents the
autoimmune response without dampening immunity altogether," said
Malcolm Whitman, a professor of developmental biology at Harvard
School of Dental Medicine and senior author on the new study.
Chang shan can be taken as a tea using 1-2 tablespoons of dried herb
Baking soda, also called
sodium bicarbonate, has been used as a home
remedy since ancient times to relieve colds, flu, digestive issues
and kidney problems, to whiten teeth, and as a deodorizer and
Baking soda can raise serum levels of bicarbonate which is typically
made by the kidneys and acts as an acid buffer in the body. Baking
soda is also antifungal and antibacterial.
In a 2018 study published in The Journal of Immunology, a team of
researchers revealed why it is also an effective aid in the
treatment of autoimmune diseases.
Basically, baking soda causes the
stomach to produce more gastric acid, which allows it to digest
food quicker and easier.
But it also seems to tell the mesothelial cells that line the spleen
that there is no threat, so macrophage polarization is shifted from
predominantly M1 (inflammatory) to M2 (regulatory) phenotypes, and
FOXP3+CD4+ T-lymphocytes increased in the spleen, blood, and kidneys
of both rats and human subjects following NaHCO3 ingestion. 27
Baking soda may also help alleviate urinary tract infections and
chemotherapy side effects and reduce muscle pain and fatigue.
While baking soda is low-cost and effective, don't exceed
recommended dosages for specific problems. Be aware that it is
high in sodium and can raise blood pressure and cause edema and
other issues. It can also increase excretion of potassium, which can
result in a potassium deficiency.
If you are on prescription medications, be sure to consult with your
doctor before ingesting it.
We have explored 15 natural healing remedies for autoimmune
disease. This is a tiny fraction of the thousands of healing
remedies used by billions of people every day.
The World Health Association estimates 80 percent of the world's
population depend mainly on traditional medicine (including, but not
limited to healing plants).
Of those, 2 billion people rely upon
medicinal plants as their primary treatment option.
The Food and Agriculture Organization - which is part of the United
Nations - estimates that there are as many as 50,000 medicinal plants
in use around the world.
So... why don't we hear more about natural medicines and remedies?
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