What IS a virus???
MedicineNet.com defines a virus as "A microorganism smaller than a bacteria, which cannot grow or reproduce apart from a living cell. A virus invades living cells and uses their chemical machinery to keep itself alive and to replicate itself. It may reproduce with fidelity or with errors (mutations)-this ability to mutate is responsible for the ability of some viruses to change slightly in each infected person, making treatment more difficult."
I define a virus as the Invader! Snot, runny nose, chills, muscle aches, fever...shall I go on? None of this is fun, so here are some tips to shorten the symptoms since a virus cannot be cured. We like to use colloidal silver my father makes, lots of extra vitamin D and C, sunshine, fresh air and lots and lots of TLC. Oh, and of course homeopathic remedies to control the symptoms.
Here are a few common home remedies and suggestions for a virus-
Vitamin A- A powerful antioxidant and immune booster.
Vitamin C with bioflavinoids- Strengthens the immune system by increasing the quantity and quality of white blood cells. a 2006 Japanese study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition — showed the risk of contracting three or more colds in the five-year period was decreased by 66% by the daily intake of the 500-mg vitamin C supplement.
Zinc Lozenge- A potent immunostimulant that nourishes the cells. Keep these on hand and use every 2-4 hours. Experts recommend not to use for more than 5 days.
Colloidal Silver- Excellent for viral infections and also promotes healing.
Garlic- From the mouth of the world's healthiest foods, "the antibacterial and antiviral properties of garlic are perhaps its most legendary feature." Most of the studies performed with garlic, were using the raw form.
Lysine- Aids in combating viral infections and preventing cold sores in and around mouth, common when the body is under stress from illness. Avoiding Arginine which feeds a virus.
Boost Immune System- ImmunityPlus helps build a strong and healthy immune system, supports overall systemic balance and cellular health, helps to protect the body against threats, improves energy levels and vitality, promotes healthy circulation and blood flow and helps maintain healthy liver functioning.
Astragalus, black cherry, echinacea, ginger, pau d'arco, slippery elm, and yarrow- teas are good for influenza. May be able to find tea with some of these herbs compiled for the flu.
Peppermint- enjoying in tea form is great for helping to open up the nasal passages. My natural practitioner has me place a few drops of peppermint oil in my mouth, swish around (do not swallow), breathe in deeply through my mouth and out through my nose several times. This can help break up mucus and calm a cough.
Cat's Claw- may reduce the duration of the flu.
Baniflu- is an excellent homeopathic remedy which increases the body’s ability to fight against invading germs. It also improves recovery time from common flu symptoms (blocked nose, sneezing, coughing)
FluGo- Relieves flu and cold symptoms – cough, running nose, fever, chills, headache, sore throat, fatigue, muscle and joint pains. Also, reduces loss of appetite and gastric symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Improves recovery time following cold and flu symptoms.
Remedy for Child- Sniffly Sprinkles is an excellent remedy for children while suffering from the flu. A natural decongestant safe for babies. It relieves stuffy, blocked noses, reduces chest congestion, opens airways by increasing mucus and phlegm expulsion and reduces irritability and sleeplessness.
Other Sources: Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing, Balch, 4th Edition
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