Colds and flu are caused by viruses. These bugs cannot be killed by chemicals- not by pharmaceutrical drugs.and not by herbal compounds.The only way to tame these microbes is to motivate the body’s own immune system.
Herbal regimens to fight infection include three fundamental steps.You must boot out the invader,nourish the tissue(in this case,the resporatory system) that allowed the infection to take root.and support your immune system to prevent a relapse.And herbs that help ease congestion,fever cough.and other symptoms can help you feel better while your immune system flushes out the root of the problem.
BOOT THE INVADER
if you feel those familiar cold and flu symptoms coming on,hit back hard with potent natural medicines and you can be back in the pink in 24 hours.But you have to give it all you’ve got.
Start with OSNA BOOT (Ligusticum porters) a North American herb that ‘s widely regarded as a remedy for respiratory infections.Native to the higher altitudes of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain states.this popular medicine goes by many names including bear root,mountain ginseng mountain carrot,and even empress of the dark forest.One of the most widely used herbal medicines among Native Americans peoples osha is a member of the parsley family.Which also includes carrot and dill.and it shares the same characteristic long thin hollow stalk with large divided leaves.Today herbalists of all schools often recommended osha root for use at the first sign of a respiratory infection.
Osha has a bitter taste,but the root has a numbing effect that soothes asore throast.It’s also an expectorant,earning it the moniker Colorado cough root According to Michael Moore,an American herbalists who specialized in Western Native herbal medicine osha is useful in treating head colds;early stages of tonsilitis coughs:influenza with presistant caughing dry hot fevers: and acute bronchial pneumonia And a 2016 petridish study a Texas A & M University found osha to be a potential immune modulating agent involving protective effects against oxidative damage.Osha can be give together with echinacea for elevated white blood cells from infection.
Osha is available as whole or powdered dried roots.Try chewing a walnut sized piece of whole dried osha root every 3-4 hours.Osha powder in capsules doses out of 15 grams per day For liquid preparations follow label instructions for dosage.Do not use osha if you are pregnant or nursing or if you have acute kidney infammation.
GET THE EDGE WITH ELDERBERRY
Elderberry has proven to be a true superhero in the world of antiviral treatments.Research shows that black elderberry extract possesses potent immune-modulating and antioxidant properties thanks to its high flavonoid content.
But perhaps this herb’s greatest claim to fame is its ability to figh the flu.Studies show that elderberry fushes the virus out of the body by inducing both perspiration and bronchial secretions.And randomized.double-blind,placebo-cotrolled study of 60 flu patients jointly conducted by the University of Oslo and the National institute of Public Health in Oslo,Norway,found that people taking elderberry extract got relief from their symptoms four days earlier than their placebo-taking counterparts.
Elderberry helps protect against the flu,too.in an in-vitro study researchers at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem,Israel,investigated the effects of a proprietary black elderberry extract against 10 -different strains of the influenza virus and found that it stooped all of the strains dead in their tracks by sighificantly boosting cytokine production.Cytokines are non-antibody proteins that trigger the immune response when they come in contact with a virus.
And unlike pharmaceutical flu vaccines.elderberry stimulates the production of the immune system’s T-cells and blocks viral growth making it effective against a wide range of influenza viruses.
But the benefits of black elderberries aren’t limited to the flu.One animal study published in the journal Planta Medica reported that the extract causeda beneficial shift in the immune response of mice exposed to parasitic infections like malaria.There is also some evidence that black elderberry extract reduces the symptoms of the common cold.Preliminary research suggests that the herb also boasts antimicrobial activity against both the gram-positive and gram negative bacteria that causes many upper respiratory ailments.