Commonly known as the flu, influenza is a very common viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, a runny nose, sore throat, cough and muscle aches.
Not too long ago, the flu was greatly feared. During the great influenza epidemic following World War I, millions of people died.
My mother, who was a girl in Philadelphia at the time, was sent out to “the countryside” of New Jersey in order to get away from the danger.Fortunately, it presents much less of a problem today.
There is no cure for the flu, although we do have flu vaccines that help to prevent it from striking. The vaccines work, but we don’t know which strain of virus is going to sweep through the country each year. The companies making vaccines get together with the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) to decide which one(s) will be appropriate. If the vaccine manufacturers make the right one(s), we’re fine otherwise we only get marginal protection.
Standard medical treatment for the flu includes rest, drinking lots of fluids and taking medications for the symptoms.
Alternative therapies used for influenza include:
I may recommend Sambucol, an herbal product made from extracts of black elderberries (Sambucus nigra) and raspberries (Rubus idaeus). In order for the virus to multiply and cause the flu, it must enter the cell of an animal or human. Laboratory studies have shown that Sambucol prevents the virus from entering the cells and multiplying.
To me this is extraordinary, because despite many years of research, traditional medicine has not found an effective treatment for the flu. Sambucol provides a much higher success rate. In a double blind
study, flu patients were given either black elderberry extract or a placebo. About 90 percent of the patients who received the elderberry were symptom-free withm two to three days But those who received the placebo had to wait a least six days to enjoy the same relief.