This study on natural remedies for colds and flu it serves mainly to offer you a valid alternative to the most frequently used drugs.
Regarding natural remedies against colds and fever, I don't know if you've ever heard this sentence mentioned ...
"The flu, if you don't care for it, will last you a week ...
If you look after it, it takes you a week"?
Once I liked to quote this sentence, but now it's not like that anymore, I don't want to say it since I discovered the effectiveness of these plants.
Influenza, if you treat it with drugs, probably continues for a week, but if you treat it with these plants it can be interrupted in the bud or reduced in its duration and symptoms.
Now I don't say any more: "If you don't care about the flu, it lasts you for a week ... if you look after it, it takes you a week".
Instead I say: "Always keep at least one of these plants at home to appease cold and flu at birth".
- 1 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COOLING AND INFLUENCE: THEY ARE THERE AND WORK THE BIG!
- 1.1 THE DOCUMENTED RISKS OF TACHIPIRINE (PARACETAMOLO2)
- 1.2 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COOLING AND INFLUENZA THAT COMBINE EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY OF USE
- 1.3 REMEDY N ° 1) Pelargonium (also a pediatric plant)
- 1.4 REMEDY N ° 2) Andrographis
- 1.5 REMEDY N ° 3) Elderberry
- 1.6 OTHER NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COOLING AND INFLUENCE:
- 1.7 Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
- 1.8 Uncaria (Uncaria tomentosa)
- 1.9 Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
- 1.10 Agaricus blazei murril
- 1.11 CONCLUSIONS
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COOLING AND INFLUENCE: THEY ARE THERE AND WORK THE BIG!
When faced with a simple flu or cold, these 3 plants should be the number one garrison, not an alternative! the alternative should be the drug.
Instead of throwing themselves automatically on tachypirina, there really are some natural tachypirine which offer all the advantages of paracetamol and none of the disadvantages of this drug.
Is calling them tachypirine actually an offense to these plants? and it is for at least two reasons ...
REASON # 1) Tachypirina is a more harmful drug1 than we have been accustomed to believe (I will show it to you shortly).
REASON #2) These plants not only have an action antipyretic (lower fever) and anti-inflammatory. But, as often happens in the fantastic world of plant remedies, they carry with them an outline of additional beneficial effects.
THE DOCUMENTED RISKS OF TACHIPIRINE (PARACETAMOL2)
Il paracetamol (also called acetaminophen) is the active ingredient of tachypirine.
Despite being one of the most easily prescribed drugs due to its antifebrile and analgesic action, it's not so safe how to be believed, let alone without negative implications.
The first organ to suffer thetoxic action of this drug is the liver. Here paracetamol results in a rapid depletion of glutathione stocks, one of the main detoxifying and protective molecules used by the liver.
Some statistical data on the danger and risk of overdose of this drug come from the United States.
In practice, every year in the USA they end up in the emergency room 56.000 intoxicated by paracetamol and 26.000 are the hospitalized. While the deaths stand at an average of 458 each year.
Note: Opioid painkillers send 17.000 to the holy field a year in the USA2.
Wouldn't it be better to look around for some natural alternative that combines efficacy and safety of use?
Here are the natural alternatives ...
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COOLING AND INFLUENZA THAT COMBINE EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY OF USE
These that I present to you in more detail are three of the most studied and effective plants against fever, viral and bacterial infections, inflammatory and painful states. The benefits do not stop there and I will show you them for each plant.
REMEDY NO. 1) Pelargonium (also a pediatric plant)
Let's start with one of the safest plants, as well as really interesting for its properties. It is also suitable for use in age pediatric. This does not mean that it is suitable only for children, but also for children.
Here is what is perhaps the most important plant among natural remedies for colds and flu.
This plant of the family of geraniums is especially suitable for the treatment of pathologies (infections and inflammations) of the respiratory tract.
The diseases of infectious origin of the area routes are those that receive the most frequent prescriptions of drugs.
The amazing thing is that in scientific literature there are researches that show one inefficiency of antibiotics on the symptoms of infections of the airways area3,4.
This probably happens because the cause of these infections is commonly viral (more than 90% of cases5) is not bacterial, so even if the antibiotic is prescribed it is useless.
Note: while antibiotics are useless against viruses and antiviral drugs are almost non-existent, numerous plants (such as pelargonium) possess an important antiviral activity5.
The thoughtless use of antibiotics even in viral infections, in which they have no use, contributes to the development of antibiotic-resistance.
And when you really need the antibiotic then there's the risk that it will become ineffective against these resistant bacterial strains. It will then be that we will all be forced to return to the use of natural antibiotics like plants and minerals?
Parts used: roots from plants of at least 4 years of age.
The first official reports (end 1800 start 1900) associate this plant with the care of the tuberculosis.
Then, starting from the 1977 onwards, the first researches on the antibacterial efficacy of pelargonium against Mycobacterium tubercolis6, staphylococcus and streptococcus.
In Germany, pelargonium is officially used as a drug for the treatment of chronic bronchitis.
How does pelargonium work?
1) Enhances the business of macrophages7 (the first line of immune defense) and NK (Natural Killer) cells
2) Stimulates the production of interferon (antiviral activity)
3) Increased production of defensins
4) Capacity reduction of adhesion7 of bacteria
Also an activity antioxidant which also serves as a help against viral infections. In fact, many are released during viral infections free radicals. It seems that free radicals facilitate the onset of infection by viruses.
How safe is the pelargonium?
There is a standardized pharmaceutical form of pelargonium called EPs®7630. From 1994 to 2006 304.000.000 of daily doses have been used. Only 0,27 cases of adverse reactions have been reported on 1.000.000, which means less than 1 out of a million (ie precisely the 0,00000027%).
To compare, go to see the adverse reactions of any widely used medication. The percentages of possible adverse reactions are very different. We often talk about the 4%, 10%, 20%...
In Italy the pelargonium in pharmaceutical form based on extract EPs®7630 is an OTC drug (without prescription) sold starting from 6 years of age. In Spain and Holland after the 2 years of age and in Switzerland after 1 year of age.
Do not use in case of hypersensitivity to the components, during pregnancy and during lactation, in case of anticoagulant therapy and in the presence of severe liver or kidney diseases.
Adults: 1 tablet or 30 drops 3 times a day. Children: 10-20 drops 3 times per day based on weight and age.
REMEDY N ° 2) Andrographis
It has traditionally been used for centuries in both Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Today we know that it is one of the most powerful natural cold and flu remedies
Always used as a plant antibacterial, antiviral and adaptogenic (anti-stress and "energizing").
Modern phytopharmacological research recognizes the following actions:
- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
Furthermore, andrographis also demonstrates good action antidiarrheal, hepatoprotective and anti-poison (snake venom).
(important) about paracetamol ...
in infectious and inflammatory forms of the upper respiratory tract has shown equal efficacy compared to paracetamol and other standard pharmacological treatments8.
warnings: concomitant use of anticoagulant and isoniazid drugs.
Dosage: Using a dry extract titrated to the minimum 6% of andrografolide the dosage is 100-400mg per day to be taken after meals.
This plant is safe also used in children from 4 to 11 years of age9.
REMEDY N ° 3) Elderberry
Sambucus nigra L.
Elderberry is another of the fundamental plants among the natural remedies for colds and flu.
The actions of the elder are basically of 4 types:
- diaphoretic (stimulates sweating)
- Antioxidant (rich in anthocyanins)
- Powerful immunostimulant (IL-1beta, TNF-alpha, IL-6)
Elderberry is fantastic for its direct antiviral action.
Specific active ingredients contained in the elderberry manage to inactivate the viral structures called hemagglutinin that the virus uses to enter cells.
With haemagglutinins unable to perform this function, the virus is unable to "hide" in the cells and replicate.
The antiviral effects of elderberry have been demonstrated especially in relation to type A and B influenza viruses, herpes simplex virus type 1 and HIV.
The aqueous elder extract seems to be also able to exert a antidiabetic effect12.
warnings: Precaution in pregnancy and lactation.
These three plants listed above are probably the most effective and safe natural remedies for colds and flu.
But they are not the only ones that deserve a podium of honor ...
OTHER NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COOLING AND INFLUENCE:
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
He has an activity antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant. It also has a re-compacting action of the connective tissue, which also plays an organic defense role. Very useful to reactivate the immune system after an antibiotic treatment.
Its polysaccharide content also nourishes and facilitates the development of good bacterial flora (lactobacilli and bifidobacteria).
Doses, forms and warnings: do not use for more than 8 consecutive weeks (oral use). To be used with caution in patients with allergies (in particular asteraceae). Contraindicated during immunosuppressive treatment.
Uncaria (Uncaria tomentosa)
Immunostimulant, anticancer, antiviral and anti-inflammatory action.
Doses, forms and warnings: It is recommended to use the dry extract titrated in minimum 3% total oxindole alkaloids. From 2-3mg / kg / day in two doses away from meals.
Not recommended during pregnancy, lactation and pharmacologically immunosuppressed patients.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
Adaptogen, immunomodulating and immunostimulating antistress, antiviral, hepatoprotector. It has a direct antitumor action.
Also useful in heart failure. It is the plant of choice for elderly people as it prevents liver and kidney damage due to viruses or drugs.
Agaricus blazei murril
The richest mushroom of beta-glucans, which activate different cells of the immune system. In addition, beta-glucans are powerful antioxidants and also have the ability to lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
This mushroom has remarkable antitumor, antiviral and antidiabetic effects. It also has a strong protective effect on the liver. It is helpful in autoimmune diseases.
The three major plants that I have described in more detail are the main ones for the natural treatment of cold and flu: pelargonium, andrographis and elderberry.
I hope I have opened up your view on these natural remedies for colds or flu as possible natural alternatives to drugs. Although in reality the alternatives should be drugs, only when the plants do not give the desired results ...
You will see that they will certainly be able to help you placate in the bud or reduce the duration of most common respiratory infections. So you can also save yourself several days of forced rest and lots of annoying symptoms.
My advice is to keep at least one at home always ready for use in case of need. To avoid having to resort to paracetamol (tachypirina or similar) that only in America sends to the emergency room 56.000 people every year.
You will not want to be taken without these natural tachypirine right in time of need!
Have you already had some personal experience with natural remedies for colds or flu? if you have any comments or suggestions write it at the bottom of the article in the space dedicated to comments.
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1. 'Estimates of acetaminophen (Paracetomal) -associated overdoses in the United States"By Nourjah P. et al.
3. "Delayed antibiotics for respiratory infections" by Spurling GK. and coll. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17636757
4. 'Reducing inappropriate antibiotic use among children with flu infection"By Friedman BC. and coll.
5. "Antimicrobial, Antiviral and Immunomodulatory Activity Studies of Pelargonium sidoides (EPs® 7630) in the Context of Health Promotion" by Herbert Kolodziej (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4060126/)
6. "Antibacterial, antifungal and antitubercular activity of (the roots of) Pelargonium reniforme (CURT) and Pelargonium sidoides (DC) (Geraniaceae) root extracts" by SPN Mativandlela, N. Lall. and coll. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0254629905000347)
7. "Extract of Pelargonium Sidoides (EPs 7630) Displays Anti-Infective Properties by Enhanced Phagocytosis and Differential Modulation of Host-Bacteria Interactions" by A Conrad et al. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/18240106/)
8. "Efficacy of Andrographis paniculata, Nees for pharyngotonsillitis in adults" by Thamlikitkul V. et al. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1797953
9. "Comparative controlled study of Andrographis paniculata fixed combination, Kan Jang and an Echinacea preparation as adjuvant, in the treatment of uncomplicated respiratory disease in children" by Spasov AA. and coll. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14750201)
12. "The Traditional Plant Treatment, Sambucus nigra (elder), Exhibits Insulin-Like and Insulin-Releasing Actions In Vitro" by Alison M. Gray. and coll. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/130/1/15.full
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