Natural, Herbal and Home Remedies for the Treatment of Flu (Influenza)
Drink lots of Water: Drinking lot of Liquids is very important for proper functioning of our body as they help in excreting out all the waste products of our body in the form of urine. Water is one of the best liquid which is very important especially when you are suffering from influenza as in this disease dehydration can occur.
Other Fluids and Juices: Fluids can provide all the essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed by the body when you're too sick to eat. Thin soups are very good, as are fruit and vegetable juices. Doctors suggest during beet juice and carrot juice (both of which are rich in vitamins and minerals) while you are suffering from flu (influenza).
Zinc Lozenges: Take Zinc lozenges as and when you see the symptoms of influenza (flu) as they help in boosting the immune system.
Avoid Sugar: Avoid sugar (even natural sources) as it can hinder with proper functioning of immune system. Orange juice for example contains a much higher level of sugar than vitamin C content. Therefore drinking lot of orange juice will do more harm than any good.
Do a Lot of Rest: Do Plenty of rest, it will help in strengthening your immune system and hence giving more energy to fight with influenza.
Long Pepper: Consumption of Long Pepper is another very good remedy for the treatment of flu. Take about ½ tsp of powder of long pepper, mixed with two teaspoons of honey and a ½ tsp of ginger juice. This mixture prepared should be taken at least three times daily and should be continued for at least 2 weeks to get some relief from flu. This treatment is best for the initial stages of the disease.
Be Careful at Taking Drugs: Think twice about taking any other drugs. Over-the-counter cold medicines might give you some temporary relief of symptoms. But believe me some medicines cause very harsh side effects to our internal organs which we don't even get to know. Though, some of them show their side effects too. Like eg - those with antihistamines, for instance, can dry up a runny nose. Prematurely resuming your normal activities can bring on a relapse or trigger serious complications.
Catnip Tea: If the fever is too high, take catnip tea and ½ tsp. of lobeliatincture every 4 hours. This treatment should not be followed by pregnant or breast-feeding women's, also, don't give it to a child below 1 year age.
Salt Water Gargle: Gargle with salt water to help relieve that dry scratchy throat that is so common with the flu.
Onion: Onion is another good remedy for getting rid of flu (influenza) fast and effectively. Make a decoction of equal amounts of onion juice and honey mixed well. You may take this decoction 3-4 times daily in doses of 1 teaspoon at a time.
Have Something Sweet: Sucking on hard candy and lozenges can also keep your throat moist so it will feel better. In addition, these products contain calories that your body can use at a time when you're probably not eating much.
Nux Vomica: Nux vomica is also a remedy which is used when a simple cold has developed into influenza.
Fruit Diet: After the fever subsides, the patient should be kept only on fruit diet for at least 2-3 days, otherwise he may develop the disease again. This may be followed by a fruit and milk diet for further two or three days.
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