Alternative Medicine for the Flu
Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, is an infection in the respiratory tract that is caused by a virus. It can cause one to have a fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of appetite, and nausea or diarrhea. The common cold is sometimes mistaken for the flu but flu symptoms are much more severe than those accompanying a cold.
Many doctors will not treat the flu. The belief is that the flu needs to run its course and will go away on its own. They will treat it if there are signs of further complications but not until that point. While it’s true that the flu will eventually go away on its own, an individual suffering from the flu will feel awful until it does.
There are several types of human influenza viruses and some can cause serious problems. We recommend to visit your doctor and get quality diagnosis and medical treatment. Getting a flu vaccine can protect against flu viruses and flu shots are covered by many insurance plans. This is the most effective conventional method to prevent the spread of flu. For easier cases, there are many alternative medicines for flu that will make it easier to cope with.
Zinc is essential to the immune system and the immune system needs to maintain its strength to fight off infections, such as the flu. This is why people who are deficient in zinc may be more susceptible to catching the flu and zinc will also not only help prevent the flu but may lessen the symptoms and the duration should a person catch it. Zinc Lozenges can greatly help fight off the flu and lessen the symptoms, particularly a cough. Nasal zinc gel can also lessen the symptoms and cause the flu to have a shorter duration. However, zinc nasal sprays don’t seem to produce the same effect when using as an alternative medicine for flu.
There are many herbal remedies that can be used an alternative medicine for flu. Two of the most commonly used are echinacea and eucalyptus.
Echinacea is a very popular herb used today. This is because it too can lessen the severity of flu symptoms and shorten the time it takes someone to recover from the flu. Although Echinacea will not prevent the flu even if it is taken regularly, it can help if it is taken one or two days after symptoms begin. If Echinacea is taken after the first two days however, it will have very little to no effect. Echinacea can be taken in a pill form, as a powder, or in a tea. If Echinacea is made into a tea, it can be taken three or four times a day. If taking it in a powder or pill form, the directions on the packaging should be strictly adhered to.
Eucalyptus can also be used to help treat flu symptoms. This too can be taken in many different forms. Rubbing eucalyptus oil on the chest and nose area has been shown to be especially effective as it helps relieve chest congestion. The vapours can also be inhaled and this will help loosen phlegm. The leaves from a eucalyptus plant can also be made into a tea or gargle to help with flu symptoms. Eucalyptus tea can also help relieve fever, another symptom of the flu.
Horseradish and Garlic
Those that like the strong taste of horseradish will be pleased to know that it can also help relieve some of the symptoms that the flu brings. Horseradish helps treat the flu in two ways: it has a warming effect that just generally makes a person feel better and it is loaded with Vitamin C, which helps the body fight infection. Placing one teaspoon of horseradish into a cup of boiling water is enough to obtain the amount of Vitamin C needed for the treatment to be effective and the taste should not be too strong. For an added boost, add some garlic to the water as well. Garlic is known to help strengthen the immune system.