drugs treat symptoms of flu, but not the cause. It will not cure flu, but will
relieve some symptoms. If the flu is not very severe, these, and vitamins and
herbal remedies should be sufficient. These medications can make life a more
bearable during your illness.
treatment: the natural way
- Stay in bed for a few days. You will recover a
lot sooner. Listen to your body and rest a while.
- Don't exercise - it might strain your heart and
lungs. Your body is fighting a viral war, so assist in the fight!
- Drink lots of fluids - water, fresh fruit juice
and vegetable juice or soup.
- Dissolve eucalyptus or peppermint oil in
boiling water and steam those sinuses. This will loosen the phlegm, while
disinfecting the environment.
- Other aromatherapy oils to try are lavender,
grapefruit, rosemary and tea tree oil (put a few drops in a burner, or in
the bath, or use in a carrier oil for a soothing back and shoulder massage).
- Increase your intake of vitamin A to 10 000
IU's (3mg RE activity) a day and vitamin C to 1000-2000mg a day in divided
dosages. Once you are feeling better, return to your normal maintenance
- Studies have shown that Vitamin C may reduce
the severity and duration of symptoms.
- Use medicinal herbs. Herbs like garlic, Echinacea and golden seal act as
natural "antibiotics" against viruses, bacteria and even fungi. They
are also decongestants that dry the mucosal linings in a gentle way. They do not
have side effects. They actually support the immune system.
- Double-blind placebo controlled studies suggest that Echinacea purpurea not
only shortens the duration of colds and flu while making it less severe, it also actually stops a
cold that is just starting.
- Andrographis seems to be a promising treatment for colds. It is a shrub found in India and throughout Asia. It is sometimes called Indian Echinacea because it has much the same benefits as
Echinacea purpurea. Although it is not certain how Andrographis works for colds,
some evidence suggests that it stimulates immunity.
- Try zinc lozenges to soothe a sore throat
and zinc nasal spray for a runny nose. Make tea with fresh or dried sage leaves
simmered in boiling water, with a teaspoon of honey, for a sore throat. You can
also gargle with sage tea.
- What about chicken soup? It may soothe a
sore throat, clear clogged passageways, and hydrate a thirsty body. A new study
suggests that chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial
medicinal activity. A mild anti-inflammatory effect could be one mechanism by
which the soup could result in the mitigation of symptomatic upper respiratory
for colds, flu, thickened mucus and sinusitis
Mix together a
pinch of ginger, cinnamon, mustard, cayenne pepper and tumeric with a fresh
clove of garlic (optional), a little lemon juice and honey in hot water - it
makes for a delightfully spicy drink. You might even add a tot of brandy. Add a
pinch of sage and thyme if the mucus is yellow or green. Drink this regularly
until you feel better.
From : Health
& Happiness (Tafelberg Publishers 2000) and Choose Wellness! (Modern
Publisher 2001) both written by Dr Arien van der Merwe.
These guidelines should not
be seen as an attempt to replace medical advice. If natural remedies and
supplements do not improve the condition within three days, if you are worried
about anything, or if the condition gets worse and develops into sinusitis or
bronchitis, consult your doctor at once. An acute asthma attack, croup, and
pneumonia (infection of the lungs) are examples of diseases where Western
medicine and technology can and should be utilised to best advantage to save