Information on Flu

DescriptionFlu, or influenza, is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. Common flu symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and weakness.
Treatment PlanThe syndrome that we call the flu is thought to be a "healing crisis" in natural medicine. We can take a negative attitude about a flu and resist it by taking strong pharmaceutical products like antihistamines and aspirin, but an alternative approach is to consider the whole process a positive one. The viral infection is putting our immune system through its paces, like a fire drill, and may strengthen it against future illness. Whether we view a cold or flu as a positive healing process or a big nuisance depends on our attitude. When we have a cold or flu, it is best to work with this opportunity and enhance elimination, relaxation, and immune activity. A good herbal program will include immune stimulating herbs, herbal decongestants, respiratory stimulants, diaphoretics to remove heat and toxins from the body through the sweat and antivirals.

Herbal Remedies for Flu

HerbTreatment SupportApplication
Echinaceaantifungaltincture, tablet, capsule
Yarrowantifungaltea, tincture
Elderantiviraltincture, tea, tablet, capsule
Garlicantifungalwhole clove
Bonesetanti-infectiontincture, tea, capsule
Maidenhair Fernrefrigeranttea
Wild Gingercold dispersingtea
Yerba Mansaimmune-stimulatingtincture, tea
White Willowimmune-modulating;antiinflammatorytea, extract in capsules, tincture