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Contemporary issues in Middle Earth - The Great Plaque

Eruonen
Valinor


Mar 28, 4:40pm

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http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Great_Plague

"The Great Plague, also known as the Dark Plague was a disastrous pestilence that killed untold numbers of people, possibly up into the hundreds of thousands. The plague was brought by an evil wind from the east. It concided with a Shadow deepening in Mirkwood, and the reappearance of evil things.[1]

The Great Plague began in the east beyond Mordor and hit Rhûn and Rhovanion, and after it had passed, more than half the folk of the Kingdom of Rhovanion had been killed[2]. The Plague also hit the enemies of Gondor, otherwise they could overwhelm the weakened kingdom easily, but this didn't affect Sauron, who could wait.[1]"

Began in the East....how apropro.

" Dunland suffered less from the Plague than most due to their self-isolation.[4] "

I wonder if there was a run on TP

"Gondor (King Telemnar of Gondor and his children were all lost to it) before passing on northwards."

http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/p/plague.php

"The House of Healing"

"Then, whether Aragorn had indeed some forgotten power of Westernesse, or whether it was but his words of the Lady Éowyn that wrought on them, as the sweet influence of the herb stole about the chamber it seemed to those who stood by that a keen wind blew through the window, and it bore no scent, but was an air wholly fresh and clean and young, as if it had not before been breathed by any living thing and came new-made from snowy mountains high beneath a dome of stars, or from shores of silver far away washed by seas of foam."

True sign of Kingship as a healer.


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Solicitr
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Mar 28, 5:59pm

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"The House of Healing"

"Then, whether Aragorn had indeed some forgotten power of Westernesse, or whether it was but his words of the Lady Éowyn that wrought on them, as the sweet influence of the herb stole about the chamber it seemed to those who stood by that a keen wind blew through the window, and it bore no scent, but was an air wholly fresh and clean and young, as if it had not before been breathed by any living thing and came new-made from snowy mountains high beneath a dome of stars, or from shores of silver far away washed by seas of foam."

True sign of Kingship as a healer.


If only this pandemic were scrofula rather than a pneumovirus, Lilibet would be the heroine of the hour.


Eruonen
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Mar 28, 6:28pm

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Athelas, also known as Kingsfoil, was a healing herb that grew throughout Middle-earth.

"When trying to heal Faramir, Aragorn hears a rhyme recited by Imrahil which reveals another important association with Athelas:

When the black breath blows
And death’s shadow grows
And all lights pass,
Come athelas! Come athelas!
Life to the dying
In the king’s hand lying!
(The Return of the King; “The Houses of Healing”.)

"According to various discussions on the internet, there are a number of plants that share a great amount of the characteristics of Athelas. Among the various suggestions, four plants seem to be the most likely candidates: Wintergreen, Greater Plantain, Mint, and Basil."

"The healing properties of Basil seem to cure a great number of infections and illnesses. One additional interesting fact about Basil is its name. The name Basil originates from the Greek language and means “king”, the plant itself, therefore, has used to be referred to as “king’s healing plant”. In German-speaking regions, Basil is still call “Königskraut” (Kingsherb). "

http://middleearthnews.com/...-on-real-life-plant/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16173941

Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2005 Oct;32(10):811-6.
Antiviral activities of extracts and selected pure constituents of Ocimum basilicum.
Chiang LC1, Ng LT, Cheng PW, Chiang W, Lin CC.
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1. Ocimum basilicum (OB), also known as sweet basil, is a well known medicinal herb in traditional Chinese medicine preparations. In the present study, extracts and purified components of OB were used to identify possible antiviral activities against DNA viruses (herpes viruses (HSV), adenoviruses (ADV) and hepatitis B virus) and RNA viruses (coxsackievirus B1 (CVB1) and enterovirus 71 (EV71)). 2. The results show that crude aqueous and ethanolic extracts of OB and selected purified components, namely apigenin, linalool and ursolic acid, exhibit a broad spectrum of antiviral activity. Of these compounds, ursolic acid showed the strongest activity against HSV-1 (EC50 = 6.6 mg/L; selectivity index (SI) = 15.2), ADV-8 (EC50 = 4.2 mg/L; SI = 23.8), CVB1 (EC50 = 0.4 mg/L; SI = 251.3) and EV71 (EC50 = 0.5 mg/L; SI = 201), whereas apigenin showed the highest activity against HSV-2 (EC50 = 9.7 mg/L; SI = 6.2), ADV-3 (EC50 = 11.1 mg/L; SI = 5.4), hepatitis B surface antigen (EC50 = 7.1 mg/L; SI = 2.3) and hepatitis B e antigen (EC50 = 12.8 mg/L; SI = 1.3) and linalool showed strongest activity against AVD-II (EC50 = 16.9 mg/L; SI = 10.5). 3. No activity was noted for carvone, cineole, beta-caryophyllene, farnesol, fenchone, geraniol, beta-myrcene and alpha-thujone. 4. The action of ursolic acid against CVB1 and EV71 was found to occur during the infection process and the replication phase. 5. With SI values greater than 200, the potential use of ursolic acid for treating infection with CVB1 and EV71 merits further investigation.

PMID: 16173941 DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1681.2005.04270.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]


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Eruonen
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Mar 28, 6:33pm

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https://www.healthline.com/...tion/antiviral-herbs

3. Basil
Many types of basil, including the sweet and holy varieties, may fight certain viral infections.

For example, one test-tube study found that sweet basil extracts, including compounds like apigenin and ursolic acid, exhibited potent effects against herpes viruses, hepatitis B, and enterovirus (11Trusted Source).

Holy basil, also known as tulsi, has been shown to increase immunity, which may help fight viral infections.

In a 4-week study in 24 healthy adults, supplementing with 300 mg of holy basil extract significantly increased levels of helper T cells and natural killer cells, both of which are immune cells that help protect and defend your body from viral infections (12Trusted Source).

 
 

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