The flu. Influenza, H1N1, H3N2, no matter its aliases it all equates to physical misery. The beginning of 2018 is a flu virus season of new proportions causing hundreds upon thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of fatalities in the U.S. Symptoms of muscle aches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, fevers of more than 100 degrees and inflammation from relentless coughing are events many flu victims dread. There are those who run to local pharmacies for over the counter drugs for flu relief. Other people prefer holistic options from Mother Nature’s pharmacy of healing medicinal herbs to combat influenza’s many names.
Facts and Figures on the Flu Virus
The Center for Disease Control is a source of influenza information in the United States. The flu season:
- Begins between October and November
- Peaks between December and February
- Ends as late as May
- It results in 9.2 million to 36 million illnesses a year in the U.S. since 2010
Because there are different strains of the flu the recommended vaccinations offered are less effective in preventing the virus depending on its strain.
Herbal Choices to Fight Influenza
People who choose not to follow Western medicine take their chances with nature and Grandmama’s herbal remedies to be the cure to any ailment especially the flu. Here 3 of many herbs used to fight and treat influenza and its various strains.
- Used for more than 400 years by Native Americans
- Research shows this herb keeps the immune system healthy and strong protecting against pathogens like influenza
- Helps dry out mucous
- Stimulates digestion of toxins
- Contains at least 23 nutrients; great antiviral for breaking fevers
- Fights inflammation
- Works best within 24-48 hours of first symptoms
Fighting influenza is not limited to options at a local pharmacy. Nature offers herbal remedies that are favorable and just as helpful in providing relief.
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