See also Carahealth Immune
Up to 1,800 cases of swine flu are being reported in Ireland every week and the worst is yet to come, with the flu season fast approaching. The country's chief medical officer expects that a quarter of the population will be affected in the first wave of the swine flu outbreak this winter.....
He said almost eight million doses of swine flu vaccine had now been acquired, and that the first of these would be administered next month. The vaccine will be available to high risk groups first. These include people with chronic (long-term) lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, neurological disease, immunosuppression, diabetes mellitus, asthmatics, pregnant women or people aged 65 and older, young children under five and mainstream healthcare workers. In the meantime, what can we do to strengthen our immune system to either prevent swine flu or at least prevent the complications of swine flu? Complementary medicine has an arsenal of natural anti-virals that boost our immune system to ensure swine flu remains a mild disease and manifests without complications.
Protect Yourself with Natural Antiviral Remedies
Antiviral Herbs Goldenseal Hydrastis Canadensis has been shown to have antibiotic activity and anti-viral activity. Golden seal’s anti-viral activity has been compared to anti-viral drugs. Golden seal has many contraindications. Please consult your Herbalist or GP
Echinacea Echinacea angustifolia or purpurea contains three compounds caffeic acid, chicoric acid, and echinacin, which are specifically antiviral. Echinacea stimulates production of white blood cells and phagocytes and increases macrophage activity. Echinacea roots boosts interferon levels, which is our immune systems own natural antiviral.
Liquorice root Glychrrhiza glabra contains both glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhentinic acid which have been shown to induce interferon, a natural anti-viral. The herb also shows antimicrobial activity. Liquorice has many contraindications. Please consult your Herbalist or GP.
Garlic Alium sativa has long been considered to be antibacterial, antiviral and anitfungal. The main constituent Allicin, found in freshly crushed garlic, is found to exhibit antibacterial, antiparasitic and antiviral activity. Scare the vampires away. Crush a bulb of garlic in a small jar of manuka honey and have 3 spoons a day.
Astragalus Astragalus membranaceus is a commonly used herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is in many immune-supporting formulas. Astragalus root lowers tumour necrosis factor (TNF), high levels of which are associated with severe Swine flu (H1N1) infection.
Elderberry Sambucus nigra has been used as a remedy for colds and flu for over 2500 years. Recent studies demonstrate that a constituent present in elderberry (with actions similar to the neuraminidase inhibitor oseltamivir, the trade name of which is Tamiflu) prevents the spread of the virus from infected cells to new cells.
Green tea Camellia sinensis contains catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and epicatechin gallate (ECG), which are potent inhibitors of influenza virus replication. So drink to your health!
Vitamin A promotes the growth and prevents shrinkage of the immune system gland called the thymus. Vitamin A enhances the function of white blood cells, increases the response of antibodies to antigens and is antiviral. Vitamin A also maintains the normal structure of mucosal membranes, which serve as the first line of defence for the immune system. Vitamin A can cause side effects when taken in excessive amounts. Certain drugs can also interfere with vitamin A. Consult your Nutritional Therapist or GP.
Vitamin C increases lymphocytes (white blood cells), complement proteins, and interferons, our own natural antiviral. Levels of antibodies IgA, IgG and IgM, have been found to increase with increased Vitamin C levels.
Vitamin E has been shown to reduce the activity of influenza A and B viruses. Vitamin E is involved in the production of vitamin C, glutathione, selenium and vitamin B3, all involved in the immune system. Vitamin E has certain drug/nutrient interactions. Consult your Nutritional Therapist or GP.
Zinc stimulates T lymphocytes, macrophages, and B cells (all types of white blood cells). Zinc is a natural anti-viral as it increases the amount of interferon. There are some drug-nutrient interactions. Consult your Nutritional Therapist or GP.
I recommend the Carahealth Immune This consists of Echinacea, Elderberry, Astragalus, Golden Seal and Liquorice. Recommended also is the Carahealth Antiviral Vitamin Kit containing Zinc, Vitamin C and an anti-oxidant supplement (ACE) mix.
For a full explanation please see also Naturopathic Prevention and Treatment of Swine Flu H1N1
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Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu. is a practitioner of 11 years, complementary medicine lecturer of 4 years and mother of six in Galway, Ireland who practices what she teaches.
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