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How to Push Back on Flu Season

How to Push Back on Flu Season

02 Dec / David Austin / Uncategorized

Natural Remedies...

Eat Very Lightly or Not At All - With most illnesses, the appetite is diminished. This is a natural response of the body. Energy is needed to fight off the infection, so the body doesn’t have the energy to process food. Give your digestive tract a rest!

Get Rest As Soon As Possible - Many people ignore the early warning signs of illness and keep working until they drop. You will take longer to heal if you allow the illness to get a foothold. If you feel a sore throat, headache, congestion, etc., coming on - take it easy. If possible, take a day off from work. This may prevent you from having to take three days off later on.

Drink Plenty of Fluids - This standard advice is good advice. You can help clear the toxins from an infection out of your system with large amounts of filtered water and herb teas.

Take Immunity-Boosting Supplements and Homeopathics

· Vitamin C: Take 1000 mg every 3-4 hours with a small amount of food. Cut back on dosage if stools become loose.

· Vitamin A: Take 10,000 IU 3 times daily. Women who are pregnant should not take high doses of vitamin A as fetus can be affected.

· Zinc: Take 30-50 mg once daily with small amount of food as a tablet or as a lozenge. This can be continued for 1-2 weeks without depleting copper stores.

· Oscillococcinum: Homeopathic remedy. Take 6 pellets every 6 hours at the first onset of flu or cold symptoms. Take away from food.

*These are adult dosages. Consult your practitioner regarding dosages for infants and children.

Take Immunity-Enhancing Herbs

· Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower) 

· Commiphora Myrrh (Myrrh)

· Ligusticum (Osha) 

· Hydrastis (Goldenseal)

· Trifolium (Red Clover)

These herbs can be taken as teas (3-5 cups/day), tinctures (30 drops 4x/day), or in freeze-dried capsules (2 capsules 4x/day). 

Give Yourself a Home Hydrotherapy Treatment

Hot Foot Bath

Soak feet in hot water while wrapping the body in a warm wool blanket. Put a cold cloth on your head and relax while you sit in a comfortable position for 10-15 minutes. Take care to avoid getting chilled after this treatment.

Throat or Chest Compress

Warm the throat or chest with a warm washcloth or hot shower. Dry the skin thoroughly and apply a thin cotton wrap (to throat) or thin cotton T-shirt (to chest) that has been soaked in cold water and wrung out so that it is not dripping wet. Cover this with a wool scarf (throat) or wool sweater (chest). Go to bed this way. By morning, the cotton wrap or T-shirt will be dry. This treatment increases circulation and white blood cell activity.

Warming socks

This is a similar treatment to the throat or chest compress. It will clear mucus from the head, open the nasal passages, stimulate the immune system, and provide a restful nights sleep. This is can be used for children and adults alike. Begin by thoroughly warming the feet in a shower, tub or footbath. This is essential for a successful treatment. Soak a pair of cotton socks in cold water, ring out and place on the pre-warmed feet. Place a heavy pair of wool socks over the wet cotton socks and go to bed. The feet will only feel cold for a few minutes, and the socks will be dry by morning.

-this guidance is from our Friends at ACBM -

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