Prepare Yourself for the Coming Plagues Without Uses of the Drugs

Herbal Medicine photoThere has been a lot of hype in recent years about the potential for a global viral pandemic. SARS, avian flu, bird flu and West Nile virus are examples from the recent past that could have far worse consequences than what actually occurred. Now it`s H1N1, the latest version of swine flu, that is the big concern.

The normal approach to fight flu viruses has been through the use of drugs and flu vaccines. None of these approaches are very effective. There are few effective flu medications and those that are available tend to be very expensive and associated with significant toxicity and side-effects. The more they are used, the more rapidly flu viruses develop a resistance to them.

But there are many herbs that attack flu viruses directly, which can be used together with immune stimulants by anyone who contracts the flu or some other viral infection.

If you think you might have influenza, combine two to three herbs from among the immune stimulants and antiviral. It is important to begin taking the herbs as soon as you are getting flu symptoms. Take your formulation four to six times per day until you are better.

Echinacea - Very effective antiviral, may be the best general herbal remedy against flu viruses. Echinacea works by destroying viruses and boosting the immune system so that your own body can then eliminate the virus. Echinacea herb is especially good for flu viruses.

St JohnsWort - Very effective antiviral. It has been shown in test tubes studies to inhibit influenza A flu viruses and parainfluenza virus but not rhinovirus (a cold virus). There have been some very successful field trials in commercial flocks infected with H5N1 in Vietnam.

Rosehips imageAstragalus is also one of the valuable antiviral herbs due to its ability to boost the immune system.

Lemon balm also makes a good antiviral herbal tea and is especially valued as anti-herpes.

Yarrow fights inflammation and muscle spasm and promotes sweating. Yarrow herb has long been used against colds and flu viruses.

Peppermint contains compounds that can relax the airways and open congested sinuses and nasal passages.

Thyme is an expectorant and appears to fight microbes. Its flavonoids may help decrease smooth muscle spasm which may assists in opening tight airways.

Aloe Vera is commonly available at most of your homes, take a teaspoon gel with water daily to boost your immunity and keep yourself free of any joint pain.

Green Tea is a highly effective antiviral. It decreases the production of the cytokine TNF-a, and inhibits the reproduction of neuraminidase as well. Best of all, it is natural, and therefore it doesn't have any of the harsh side effects that synthetic drugs have. If you want to use Green Tea for this purpose, remember that what you find on the shelves of a grocery store will probably be relatively ineffective. Organic green tea varieties, particularly those grown for health or medicinal purposes, are the best.

Rosehips. A little lesser known herb, rosehips strengthens your immune system with antioxidant properties. It is extremely easy to prepare. All you have to do is add boiling water to 2 tablespoons of rosehips and allow it to soak for 10 minutes. During flu season you can repeat this process several times a day.

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