Natural & Traditional Remedies for Cold & Flu
People are being urged not to see a doctor about cold and flu type infections. Why? In large part because of the ever increasing risks of antibiotic resistance.
ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN A NUTSHELL
Antibiotics have long been regarded as a miracle of modern medicine, helping to prevent and treat many dangerous bacterial infections. However, decades of overuse have resulted in the bacteria they are designed to kill, starting to become ‘resistant’ to the effects of the antibiotics. This means that bacterial infections are becoming harder to treat and that, in the future, antibiotics may not work at all.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Healthcare practitioners and doctors are insistent that we all need to try and avoid taking antibiotics unless they are absolutely necessary.
This is because statistics show up to 50% of prescriptions for antibiotics are given for infections like the common cold, which is a viral infection and would not be helped by antibiotics. Thus, the call to see a pharmacist rather than a doctor if you are suffering with cold and flu type symptoms.
HELPING YOURSELF NATURALLY
The good news is that there are a wide range of natural and traditional remedies which could be used to relieve cold and flu symptoms.
TO RELIEVE COLDS AND FLU
Try some EchinEeze Echinacea! Echinacea is a traditional herbal remedy used to treat the symptoms of cold and flu infections, and many people swear by a daily dose of Echinacea to relieve their symptoms. Echinacea is a wildflower from North America with a beautiful large pink flower. Its use as a herbal medicine started with the Native American Indians, and it is now one of the most popular traditional herbal medicines available.
CALMING THE COUGH
Why not try a Traditional Mucus Cough formula. Combining Liquorice, Squill and Ipecacuanha, three herbs which have a long history of traditional use to help relieve mucus coughs. Ideal for those who are feeling a little chesty.
CLEARING THE NOSE
Nasal and throat catarrh can be really uncomfortable, creating a nasty ‘bunged up’ feeling. Look for a Traditional Herbal Catarrh Relief Formula. A combination of Burdock Root and Hyssop, which have been used by traditional herbalists to help ease nasal and throat catarrh.
SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Your immune system is the guardian of your body, trying to keep infections at bay. For those looking to try and stay as healthy as possible, looking after your immune system could be a good idea. Why not try Pro-DEFEND? Pro-DEFEND combines specific, researched good bacteria with vitamin D, vitamin B12, folic acid and zinc – all nutrients which help to support a healthy immune system. The other good news is that B12 and folic acid also reduce feelings of tiredness and fatigue, always a bonus at this time of year!
Written by Jenny Logan DNMed (Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years).