Swine Flu Protection – Natural and Herbal Remedies
By: Dhanya Joy
Powai – 16 August 09 Swine flu, caused by the H1N1 virus, is a fast spreading pandemic and many are turning to natural and herbal remedies for its prevention and cure. Swine flu natural remedies can effectively treat swine flu symptoms and prevent their spread. Read on to know more, about the various herbal remedies for swine flu.
Swine flu is a disease of the respiratory system, caused by the H1N1 virus or type A influenza virus, and has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Initially, swine flu was reported only in pigs, but of recent, a considerable number of cases of swine flu in humans too, have been reported all over the world. Cases of swine flu are rising on a daily basis and this calls for different treatment options that are effective in relieving swine flu symptoms. It also calls for more awareness on its causes, symptoms and treatments.
Though the most popular treatment adopted by those suffering from swine flu is allopathic medication, it does not cure swine flu, it merely controls or reduces the symptoms. It is assumed, that subsiding the symptoms is as good as curing them, but in most cases the symptoms tend to reoccur. Swine flu natural remedies and swine flu herbal remedies are better treatment options, and they are also free of side effects that are generally caused by allopathic medicines.
Swine flu was successfully treated by homeopathic medication, in the swine flu epidemic of 1918. Homeopathy is a natural form of treatment and has no side effects. Homeopathic medicines that have been effective for the treatment of swine flu are: gelsemium, bryonia, oscillococcinum and eupatorium. Homeopathic medicines are derived from animal, plant and natural sources. These medicines may require some time to show their effect and the symptoms may also aggravate during their use, but the disease gets completely cured and does not relapse, once the homeopathic course is completed.
Ayurveda has the best form of herbal remedies for swine flu. Ayurvedic medicines are made of pure natural substances and herbs and are also very effective in the prevention of swine flu. Ayurvedic medicines used as a remedy to relieve swine flu symptoms contain herbs like neem (Indian lilac), elderberry, ginger and pepper extracts. Once the symptoms have reduced, herbs such as triphala, echinacea, etc. can be taken to eliminate all the symptoms completely. Ayurveda boosts the immune system against the H1N1 virus. Echinacea is an important ayurvedic medicine used to treat all kinds of flu and is also essential in natural swine flu prevention. It works by treating infections and increasing the body’s resistance against organisms.
Other herbs that are useful in the treatment of swine flu include, adaptogens, olive leaves , oregano oil and traditional Chinese medicinal herbs like eleutherococcus, shisandra and codonopsis. Adaptogens are very effective antiviral herbs, that are resistant to biological and chemical stressors. Shishandra is used to treat viral flu and codonopsis strengthens the immune system by increasing the white blood cell and the red blood cell counts.
Consuming dietary and vitamin supplements like vitamin C, vitamin D, etc. and certain probiotics can be useful in the treatment and prevention of swine flu. The supplements strengthen the immune system, to fight against the viruses and organisms causing swine flu.
Swine Flu Home Remedies
There are various home remedies that can be effective in relieving swine flu symptoms, along with the natural remedies for swine flu.
- A mixture of 1 tbsp of honey with 1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder can be consumed. This will relieve swine flu symptoms like cold, nasal congestion and sore throat.
- Steam inhalation with basil leaves added to the water, can also be helpful in relieving swine flu symptoms and relieving lung congestion.
- Chewing fresh garlic cloves is another effective home remedy as garlic is a good antiviral.
- Consuming lemon tea can relieve symptoms like cough, sore throat, headaches, etc.
- Washing hands regularly and covering of the mouth and nose, while venturing out, is an important method of swine flu prevention.
- Along with the treatment for swine flu, consuming liquids and taking adequate rest and sleep is very essential.
Swine flu can be treated effectively using the above mentioned herbs and remedies, and is a healthier option compared to the treatment with allopathic medicines and anti-virals. Natural swine flu prevention is the best remedy to stop the rapid spread of swine flu.
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