Flu Remedies
Home PageFlu Herbal Cures Symptoms Causes Home Remedies Herbal RemdediesWellness Program

Ailment List
Absesses
Acid Reflux
Acne
Anemia
Anxiety
Arthritis
Asthma
Attention Deficit Disorder
Backache
Bad Breath
Bee Stings
Bladder Infections
Blood (high)
Blood (low)
Body Odour
Boils
Bruises
Burns
Chilblains
Colds
Colic
Constipation
Coughs
Cramps (legs, feet)
Cuts
Cystitis
Dandruff
Depression
Detoxification
Diaper Rash
Diarrhea
Diverticulitis
Dyspepsia
Earache
Eczema
Eye (ailments)
Fatigue
Fever
Flatulence
Flu
Fungal Infection
Gastritis
Gout
Hayfever
Headache
Heartburn
Hemorrhoids
Hiccup
Hives
Impotence
Infertility
Insomnia
Itching
Jaundice
Lice Treatment
Liver Ailments
Loss Of Hair
Menopause
Menstrual Pains
Migraine
Nausea
Neuralgia
Poison Ivy
Premenstrual Syndrome
Prostate Problems
Rheumatism
Ringworm
Sinusitis
Sprains
Soar Throat
Sunburn
Toothaches
Ulcers
Varicose Veins
Warts
Worms
Wounds

Read the recent news flashes concerning herbal advancements and cures.

In The News Home Herbal Remedies In The News

Would you like to send a note to the publisher of this site or tell us about something of interest that we can add to this site... please let us know

Contact Us Contact us...

Herb List

Herbal Garden Dictionary
A list of the more popular herbs that can be found all over the world. Description and benefits of Herbs.

Herbal Home Remedies

Benefits of Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables

Benefits of Fruits
Benefits of Nuts
Benefits of Vegetables
Description and benefits of the more popular fruits, nuts and vegetables that can be found all over the world.

Herbal Home Remedies
Website Disclaimer
Add a comment
Contact Info
Flu
Herbal & Home Remedies Herbal Remedies Home Remedies

AniseInfluenza, commonly called "the flu," is an illness caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract.

Compared with most other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, influenza (flu) infection often causes a more severe illness with a mortality rate (death rate) of about 0.1% of people who are infected with the virus.

Unusually severe worldwide outbreaks (pandemics) have occurred several times in the last 100 years since influenza virus was identified

in 1933. By an examination of preserved tissue, the worst influenza pandemic occurred in 1918 when the virus caused between 40 to 100 million deaths with a mortality rate estimated to range from 2% to 20%.

Website Disclaimer - for educational purposes only

Symptoms

The first symptoms of infection appear one to four days after the virus has entered a person's body. They include headache, dry cough, and chills. These symptoms are followed quickly by overall achiness and a fever that may run as high as 104°F (40°C). As the fever declines, nasal (nose) congestion and a sore throat become noticeable. The flu leaves an individual very tired and weak. A person with the flu may not return to normal for several days or even a few weeks.

A flu infection often leads to more serious complications. These complications are often caused by bacteria that get into the lower respiratory tract. The signs of a secondary (follow-up) infection often appear just as the person seems to be recovering from the flu. These signs include a high fever, chills, chest pains, and a cough that produces a thick, yellowish sputum (discharge from the throat). If these symptoms appear, medical treatment should be sought.

Back to top

Causes

 

Influenza is caused by the transmission of a flu virus from an infected person to an uninfected person. The virus can be transmitted by sneezing, coughing, sharing of eating and drinking utensils, and direct contact.

Back to top

Home Remedies

Influenza cannot be cured. The usual course of action is to allow the body to heal itself. Various treatments are available to help relieve symptoms, however. For example, a person should get plenty of bed rest and drink lots of fluids. A steam vaporizer can make breathing easier. Painkillers help relieve the aches and pains of the flu. Children should not be given aspirin, however. Aspirin has been shown to cause a rare condition known as Reye's syndrome (see Reye's syndrome entry), which can be fatal.

Flu patients often do not feel hungry. However, they should be encouraged to eat as normally as possible. Patients should not try to return to normal activities too soon. Overactivity can cause a return of the infection or secondary infections.

These are some preventive steps that can be taken:

Take Vitamin C to boost immune system and increase the number of white blood cells

Take Garlic capsules to decrease de growth of the virus.

If you have suggestions or know of a proven home remedy add it here in the comment area.

Back to top

Herbal Remedies

Elderberry prevents infections and shortens duration of flu.

Echinacea (pronounced ek-i-NAY-see-uh) has been recommended to improve a person's immune system. Certain herbs, such as goldenseal and garlic, are thought to be able to kill viruses. A number of herbs can be used to treat the symptoms of influenza. For example, boneset may counteract aches and fever, and yarrow or elder flower may combat chills.

Anise Tea stimulates mucus secretion in lungs & throat.

A tea blend for flu

1/2 oz. Meadowsweet Leaves & Stems
1 oz. Willow Bark
1/2 oz. Rose Hips
1/2 oz. Chamomile Flowers
1-1/3 oz. Linden Flowers

Pour 1 cup of hot water over 1-2 teaspoons of the herb mixture and let it steep for 10 minutes. Drink a cup of this medicinal tea 3 times daily. It will help to reduce fever and to strengthen the immune system.

If you have suggestions or know of a proven herbal remedy add it here in the comment area.

Back to top

Wellness Program

Vaccines are now available to help prevent influenza infections. The composition of these vaccines is changed every year.

A vaccine is designed to protect people against three specific influenza viruses—the viruses thought to be most likely to infect people in a given year.

Scientists may or may not make good guesses as to the "most likely" flu viruses.

When they are successful, the vaccine can be 70 percent to 90 percent effective in people under the age of sixty-five.

Back to top

Notice: This site has been created purely for educational purposes only. It is not our purpose to offer or render medical advice or professional services. If you feel that you have a health problem, you should seek the advice of a certified Physician or health care Practitioner. If you have information that may help us improve this site please contact us immediately. If there is information on this site that infringes on copyrighted material please advise us. The information on this site is made up of student and website visitor submissions. For more information please read the full Website Disclaimer Notice.

Website Disclaimer