Here's how to prevent seasonal flu and treat it with natural remedies
Now the winter season is approaching and our body has already begun to experience cold symptoms. The flu is coming and the attack of bacteria and viruses cannot be avoided, but it does not mean that we must resign ourselves to diseases. Our immune system is able to cope with the greatest number of threats and we can help it with natural remedies. But what does it really mean to prevent? And what is the prevention of winter illnesses? We are practically there: winter is coming and you have already noticed it from the first sneezes, a few lines of fever, small ailments. It happens every year, and in a month it will be worse. That is why it is necessary to run for cover from now by taking advantage of the easiest and best tolerated resources in your body. Because prevention is better than cure.
During the winter, while nature sleeps, the man continues his activities without stopping. However, even for him winter is a season in which all vital functions tend to slow down: the heart beats more slowly, the breath is slower and superficial, the sleep deeper, the metabolism slowed down. Thus the instinct to return to one's home, to the warmth and refuge of the domestic walls is greater as if "naturally" there was a force that leads to the recovery of what winter represented for peasant civilizations (from which we all descend) : the time of the focolare, the recovery of the family unit, the stories of the elderly. Unfortunately, man's way of life changes little in winter compared to other seasons. The only solution is to accept this "necessary" state of hibernation, slowing down the pace a bit. We need softer rhythms.
Man is in constant contact with multiple pathogens: viruses, bacteria and fungi. Most pathogenic germs are not able to penetrate, however, beyond the surface of our body and those, who manage to cross this first barrier, find themselves having to face lines of defense, which attack anything perceived as foreign. How to fight the seasonal flu and strengthen our defenses? In this case, nature also comes to us with several natural remedies.
Treat the seasonal influence with natural remedies
We can talk about substances with "immunostimulant" and "immunomodulatory" action. These are two different therapeutic proposals. The first is to stimulate the immune system, so that you are always ready in the event of infection by viruses or bacteria; the second is a sweeter proposal, which consists of a therapeutic approach with which we try to intervene on the processes of regulation of the defense system.
Natural remedies for seasonal flu: immunostimulants
There are numerous plants, originating a little from all parts of the world, which have immunostimulatory activity. Astragalus, Echinacea, Ginseng, Eleuterococcus, Withania and Schisandra are of particular importance in traditional medicine and are the most studied from a clinical, pharmacological and toxicological point of view. Astragalus is a traditional Chinese medicine plant with a strong immunostimulatory action. Echinacea is more "famous", its immunostimulant properties have been known for centuries.
Its action, confirmed by experimental tests, consists mainly of an increase in phagocytosis (ability to incorporate and destroy bacteria and viruses) of white blood cells and in the production of substances that stimulate the immune defense called interleukins. All these remedies must not be taken unconditionally, but for well-defined periods of time to avoid stressing the immune system too much. Example of a preventive strategy could be 20 days a month with 10 days of interruption. There are many plants, originating a little from all parts of the world, which have immunostimulatory activity and are excellent against seasonal flu. The choice of the channel in which these remedies are purchased is of great importance. Only the pharmacy is able to guarantee that the title of the active ingredient is adequate to satisfy therapeutic needs.
Furthermore in the pharmacy there are only products notified to the Ministry of Health, without possible toxic contamination. It is not true that the encounter with the viruses that are circulating these days weakens us. According to numerous studies, the encounter with viruses and bacteria, provided that it is controlled wisely, helps to improve the body's defenses. Especially with regard to children, getting sick a little is not only normal, especially in the cold season, but it is the best way to learn how to produce antibodies, and defenses, which will make them healthy kids and adults.
At the first symptoms of seasonal flu: melaleuca essential oil (Tea tree oil) – a remedy with powerful antifungal and antiviral properties, it can be taken orally on average 3 drops on a tip of sugar, to be swallowed quickly with the help of a glass of water, after breakfast, or in any case after eating. The remedy must be swallowed quickly, because its taste in the mouth can be very annoying. Children can take it, in a dosage of 2-3 drops a day, only if they are "good" to swallow on the fly approximately 6-7 years and if they tolerate the taste.
Natural remedies for seasonal flu: immunumodulants
Among these remedies against seasonal flu we first find the prebiotic lactic ferments, which have the capacity of immunomodulation. The presence of bifidobacteria in the colon has immunostimulant effects, which result in an increased production of cytokines. The immune response to viral infections and tumor onset is improved, as is an anti-inflammatory action that is particularly useful in the prevention and treatment of inflammatory diseases of the colon.
Within our intestine we have most of the production of our first defenses. This is why a good functioning of this apparatus is fundamental to prevent viral or bacterial pathologies. Recently, clinical trials have shown how donkey milk preparations have a high immunomodulatory power. Finally, lactoferrin is an immunomodulator with specifically antimicrobial activity (it removes iron from sensitive bacteria).
Winter: seasonal diseases
While the cold season is often accepted as inevitable, on the other hand it is often experienced with the fear of colds. So let's see what these typically winter diseases are, how they present themselves, how they are treated with official medicine, with the "natural" one and how effective prevention can be implemented for them. Now let's talk about the cold and then we'll talk about the flu, the sore throat, the bronchitis.
Seasonal diseases: the cold
The person responsible for the common cold, one of the most common seasonal diseases in winter, is a virus, or a microscopic germ (rhinovirus), extremely contagious. This is a disease that occurs first with dryness and nasal itching often accompanied by sneezing and, not infrequently, by the sensation of "breathing cold air" with the nose; then a general malaise comes (in some cases with a low fever), headache, a stuffy nose, but still "dry", tired; finally begins the phase that every person identifies with the cold, that is the "runny nose" (rhinorrhea). The secretion is clear, continuous and the eyes are often reddened with nasal breathing completely abolished.
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Sore throat – With the term "sore throat" it means an inflammation of the whole throat, but in reality it is necessary to distinguish two types: laryngitis and pharyngitis. Laryngitis is an inflammation of that part of the throat (larynx) where the air that breathes passes and where the vocal cords are located. The disease in winter is very common and is caused by exposure to cold, vocal abuse, smoking, repeated colds. The symptoms occur with a decrease in the voice (dysphonia), a burning sensation in the throat, cough at first dry then catarrhal. Medical therapy in general is based on warm compresses, resting with the voice, cold foods, balsamic drugs and in some cases corticosteroids and antihistamines. Pharyngitis is an inflammation that affects the area of the throat immediately behind the oral cavity where the tonsils are located. These are distinguished in palatine, that is those visible by opening the mouth, and in adenoids located above the previous ones almost behind the nasal cavities. The symptoms are heartburn in the throat, decreased appetite also due to the difficulty in swallowing, fever of variable identity (higher in children), neck sore on palpation due to enlargement of the subcutaneous glands. Therapy usually is carried out with antibiotics.
Bronchitis – Viruses and bacteria, once past the throat, can nest in the tissue of the bronchi (ie the channels where air passes before reaching the lungs) and cause acute bronchitis. The disease is mainly characterized by cough, which can be catarrhous, with retrosternal pain, gives rise to fever (even if it is not elevated) and the sensation of breathing little and badly. The therapy is carried out with antibiotics, with accurate humidification of the environment, with expectorant drugs, rest, liquid diet (water at the lung level favors expectoration). The cough should not be sedated because it is the mechanism by which the bronchial tubes try to "throw out" the infected mucus. The disease is effectively eradicated from the internal defenses of each individual (immune system). Although there is no specific cure for colds, official medicine recommends, especially in the early stages (sneezing and itching), the use of acetylsalicylic acid to decrease the inflammatory state of the nasal mucous membranes and advises against or, better, limits the use of nasal sprays because they give a brief benefit, but can increase blood pressure. The complications of the disease can be sinusitis, frequent relapses of allergic rhinitis (previously not present) in spring.
Influence – Influenza manifests itself especially when there is both physical and mental debilitation (the latter is confirmed by numerous researches) such that the immune system weakens and cannot effectively stop the growth of the virus inside body. Then, after an incubation period varying from one to three days, the fever suddenly starts (38-39 degrees) with headache, chills, lack of appetite, constipation or sometimes in children diarrhea, abdominal and muscular pain diffused with the sensation of "body beating ", insomnia, tiredness. The described phase usually lasts two or three days; then cough, cold, sternal pain, sore throat may appear and overall the illness lasts about a week to regress eventually sometimes spontaneously, without any pharmacological help. Antibiotics are completely useless against influenza because they are inactive against viruses, while acetylsalicylic acid and its derivatives are of considerable use. The best cure is above all the rest to give the body the possibility to concentrate its energies in the fight against the virus. The diet should be light, mainly liquid and rich in natural vitamins.
Natural remedies to prevent and treat seasonal flu
Against seasonal flu it is useful to take vitamin C especially for colds. Also supplementing with vitamin A can exert a remarkable immunostimulant and anti-infection action and a powerful activity against viruses. In winter, a warm bath in a shower is better because, in addition to heating and relaxing more, you can melt in the water balsamic plants useful for the respiratory system and skin such as pine, lavender, thyme, eucalyptus. For an anti-inflammatory action you can add a devil's claw extract, excellent for arthrosis pains. The so-called "blow of air" could reap less "victims" if it found organisms trained to live with the cold. For this reason, to maintain a temperature of no more than 20 degrees in the house, even opening the windows occasionally.
The humidification improves with essences of thyme, verbena, eucalyptus. For seasonal cold you can drink onion juice: it is diuretic, antirheumatic and antiseptic for the respiratory tract. For a pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect of the "sore throat" one can resort to daily gargling with a decoction of horsetail, arnica and fenugreek flowers. In laryngitis with lowering of voice, the most widely used plant is the erimosimo used in infusion as a decoction. To prevent and treat throat diseases it is advisable to take daily propolis mother tincture. When the seasonal flu arrives and the throat burns too much this remedy is also prepared with glycerin so as not to irritate the throat with the small amount of alcohol present in the mother tinctures. In bronchitis, especially with cough, snail syrup is the oldest recipe currently "rediscovered". Propolis is a good natural antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, very effective in all throat disorders. It is found on the market in an infinity of different forms, almost all of them are good, provided you make sure that they contain a sufficient amount of active ingredient (galangin), not less than 12-14%.
There are two possible alternatives against seasonal influence. The first is to stimulate the immune system, so that you are always ready in the event of infection by viruses or bacteria; the second consists in a therapeutic approach with which we try to intervene on the processes of regulation of the defense system. Every year winter brings with it bad weather, cold, rain, colds, bronchitis and the flu! School classrooms, offices, gymnasiums, in short, all the places frequented by people, become an exchange and an opportunity to spread germs, viruses and bacteria. We are all exposed to these agents traveling in the air spreading the flu forms. But not everyone gets sick. Thanks to our immune system!