Flu Virus

Flu Virus

The flu is defined as a viral illness characterized by high temperature, headache, sore throat, running nose, dry cough and muscle pain. We all dread the winter and cold months because normally we associate the flu virus with these times, but in reality the flu virus can invade our bodies any season of the year. But there are many natural, preventative remedies that work well against the flu. Naturopaths and herbalists rank echinacea very high as a powerful, flu-fighting herb. The herb which has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years is derived form the coneflower. It has been found to possess anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. But make sure you purchase a supplement that has the whole flower so you get the full benefit. Studies that debunk the efficacy of echinacea are often conducted using inferior supplements that don't contain the full flower.

Oscillococinum, which is commonly found in drug stores and health food markets, is a popular and effective homeopathic treatment for flu. It is best taken early on when you first sense that you could be getting ill with the flu. Another good option to prevent the flu and/or shorten its duration is the homeopathic remedy Influenzinum by Boiron at 9C strength. Take a few pellets daily daily during flu season to prevent the flu. Take it at the first signs of flu symptoms as well.

Work to improve your immunity. Your immune system is the first line of defense against viruses like the cold and flu, as well as bacterial infections. Increase your consumption of vitamin C by consuming foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin A. Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells and vitamin A helps keep mucous membranes moist so bacteria and viruses don't "stick" and it also produces healing enzymes.

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