Herbal Remedies for Flu
Flu, or influenza, is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. Common flu symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and weakness.
The syndrome that we call the flu is thought to be a "healing crisis" in natural medicine. We can take a negative attitude about a flu and resist it by taking strong pharmaceutical products like antihistamines and aspirin, but an alternative approach is to consider the whole process a positive one. The viral infection is putting our immune system through its paces, like a fire drill, and may strengthen it against future illness. Whether we view a cold or flu as a positive healing process or a big nuisance depends on our attitude. When we have a cold or flu, it is best to work with this opportunity and enhance elimination, relaxation, and immune activity. A good herbal program will include immune stimulating herbs, herbal decongestants, respiratory stimulants, diaphoretics to remove heat and toxins from the body through the sweat and antivirals.
Herbs Used To Treat Flu
|Boneset||anti-infection||tincture, tea, capsule|
|Echinacea||antifungal||tincture, tablet, capsule|
|Elder||antiviral||tincture, tea, tablet, capsule|
|White Willow||immune-modulating;antiinflammatory||tea, extract in capsules, tincture|
|Wild Ginger||cold dispersing||tea|
|Yerba Mansa||immune-stimulating||tincture, tea|