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Echinacea is shown to reduce the duration of the symptoms in
clinical studies. This herb is known to boost the immune system and is one of the popular remedies for flu.
Take 300 mg three times daily. Tincture
- Use 3 to 5 mL three times daily. Take it for up to 14 days with the
first appearance of symptoms.
Avoid using it
regularly as it doesn't seem to prevent you from catching the influenza
virus. Experts suggest not using echinacea in children due to reports
of allergic reactions such as rash.
Vitamin C enhances the immune system function by increasing white
blood cells activities. In one study, subjects given 100 mg of vitamin
C daily for 10 months were 28% less likely to catch the influenza
Moreover, their symptoms lasted 10% shorter.
showed that mega dose of vitamin C reduced the duration of the
influenza symptoms significantly. Other studies show similar benefits
(although there are also studies that show it doesn't work).
Vitamin C is one of the most popular remedies for flu and cold prevention and treatment.
Take 1,000 to 2,000 mg (1 to 2 grams) three or four times daily.
to get details on megadose therapy with vitamin C. Ultra high
dose vitamin C therapy (over 3,000 mg daily and usually much
higher) should be supervised by a healthcare professional
experienced in this area.
In one study, children attending school has less risk of getting
influenza infections when given 1,200 IU of vitamin D daily. (See this news
is growing research to show that vitamin D can regulate the immune
system. It is growing in popularity as a remedies for flu prevention.
This study was done during the winter seasons when there is less sun
exposure needed by the body for making vitamin D.
Elderberry is a rich source of anthocyanidins,
and rutin. These chemical substances are known to benefit and regulate
the immune system in our body as well as acting as an antioxidant.
A small well-designed
clinical study showed that subjects taking elderberry recovered from
influenza faster than those taking a placebo. Similar
results may be expected for treating influenza as well.
Typical dosage used is 15 mL (1 tablespoon) taken up to four times
Take within 2 days of the start of symptoms for maximum benefit.
Some clinical studies show that taking garlic regularly seems to reduce
the chance of catching the flu and the common
Take 200 to 400 mg up to three times daily.
Go to Health Benefits of Garlic to see the comprehensive review on this versatile herb.
Ginseng is shown to stimulate the immune system and may be helpful in
preventing and treating the flu and the common
mg daily to prevent catching the flu. Higher dosages have been
used. See Health Benefits of Ginseng to get the full review and other dosages for ginseng.
stimulates the immune system and increases the activity of
germ-fighting white blood cells. It also seems have anti-allergic
activities to help with symptoms such as running nose and
eyes. Andrographolide is the main active ingredient found in
Initial clinical studies suggest it may be helpful in treating flu
symptoms and reducing the risk of complications. (Clinical studies have
shown that it works in treating the common cold.)
Take 200 to 300 mg along with ginseng
three times daily. Take for a duration of 3 to 5 days.
is some evidence that taking astragalus may reduce the chances of
catching the flu. Studies show that it can boost the immune
system and have a positive effect on the immune cells in our body.
Suggested dose to use is 250 mg four times daily.
is shown to have antiviral activities in animal and lab studies.
containing sage reduces the pain from sore throat. It is
used in Europe for treating mouth and throat inflammation.
The German Commission E approves its use for treating a sore throat.
- Use 3 grams of the herb in 150 mL of water or use 3 drops of the
essential oil in 100 mL of warm water. Gargle up to three times daily
or as often as needed to get relief from sore throat.
elm lozenges help treat the pain from a sore throat and the
is a demulcent which soothes and protects an irritated mucous membrane.
As a lozenge, follow manufacturer's direction. A typical lozenge
contains about 150 mg of slippery elm.
is shown in lab studies to be effective in boosting immune functions of
blood cells. It has been traditionally used to help treat viral
1 to 2 grams of the herb in 150 mL of boiling water. Drink three times
daily as needed during the duration of the symptoms.
(1:1) - Take 1 to 2 mL three times daily.
provide relief from the pain of a sore throat. It possesses antiviral
and immune boosting effects in laboratory studies.
Suggested dosage is 0.5 to 1 gram of the powder in capsules or tablet
form taken three times daily. Extract (1:1)
- Take 0.3 to 1 mL up to three times daily. Tincture (1:10)
- Take 2 to 4 mL up to three times daily.
|Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano shows potent activity against viruses and may be helpful
in killing off the influenza virus.
Typical dosage used is 500 mg up to four times daily as per
and boost the immune system. It can be helpful in treating
infections such as with the influenza virus.
Take 500 mg two or three times daily.
Peppermint oil seems to help treat sinus and chest congestion.
Use 3 to 4 drops of peppermint oil in 150 mL of hot water and inhale up
to three times daily to help with nasal congestion.
Nasal ointment - Use a 1% to 5% nasal gel applied into the
nose up to three times daily to help with a stuffy nose.
- Place several drops of peppermint oil (along with eucalyptus oil if
desired) into a humidifier.
Similar to peppermint oil, eucalyptus may be helpful with sinus and
Use 3 to 4 drops of eucalyptus oil in 150 mL of hot water and inhale up
to three times daily.
- The essential oil may be added to a humidifier along with peppermint
Ginger is helpful in treating sore throat, fever and pain. It
also settle the stomach and reduce coughing. Its sedative
effect will help you sleep better at night.
Take 500 mg or use the tea formulation. Use up to four times daily as
needed for the duration of the flu.
Catnip is classified as a diaphoretic (promotes sweating), thus it may
be helpful in treating colds with a fever.
Use prepared tea bags or make a decoction by
boiling 1 to 2 teaspoon in a cup of water (250 mL) for 10
minutes. Drink three times daily.
The following herbs have been traditionally used to treat the
symptoms of the flu and the common
of these herbs have been shown to have antiviral activities and immune
boosting activity in lab studies. Others, such as blueberry and
blackberry show anti-inflammatory benefits and is traditionally used to
treat sore throat and other flu symptoms.
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