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21 July 2011

A natural approach to respiratory tract infections

Infections and allergies should be regarded as a way that our bodies use to communicate something to us. An overtaxed immune system is often a sign of unrelenting stress.

In this article, we take a look at what you can do or take to prevent, alleviate or cure respiratory tract infections naturally. As many complementary and alternative medicine therapies haven't undergone rigorous testing, we base the recommendations here on the amount of evidence that is currently available (indicated with asterisks):

  • Stop smoking
  • Stress management
  • Daily relaxation
  • Healthy exercise programme
  • Healthy eating plan
  • Wash hands appropriately

Nutrition
Avoid foods that weaken the immune system **

  • Refined and processed foods
  • Dairy and high fat products
  • Sugar and high sugar products
  • Alcohol

  • Vitamin C **
  • Vitamin E *
  • Selenium *
  • Zinc *
  • Zinc lozenge **

  • Echinacea **
  • Pineapple extract with bromelain **
  • Hydrastis Canadensis **
  • Liquorice root **
  • Garlic **
  • Quercetin **

  • Antimonium tart *
  • Rumex crispus *
  • Pulatilla *
  • Phosphorus *
  • Bryonia *
  • Kali bich *
  • Spongia tosta *

  • Herbal Medicine **
  • Naturopathic Medicine **

 
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