Antibiotics work well for infections caused by bacteria. But colds and flu are caused by viruses, which are not killed by antibiotics.
Natural cures help relieve the symptoms, shorten the duration of viral illnesses, and boost the immune system.
Cautions: All doses are for non-pregnant adults. Children may take all these remedies, but at reduced dosages.
If your symptoms worsen or persist, see your family doctor.
—Most popular flu remedy in France.
—A homeopathic remedy that heightens the immune response to viral illnesses.
—Can be taken with other remedies.
—Research in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (Mar/89) showed faster flu recovery compared to a placebo.
Herbal Immune Boosters
- Echinacea Or Purple Coneflower. Most popular herbal antibiotic, reduces the severity and duration of cold and flu, and stimulates the immune system. Usual dose of the tincture (herb preserved in alcohol) is 40 drops 4 to 6 times a day.
- Garlic Raw Or In Odourless Capsules. Fights viral, bacterial and yeast infections. Take two to four capsules with each meal. Garlic and Mullein oil ear drops are very helpful for earaches.
- Propolis. Known as the Russian penicillin, it is collected by bees to protect the hives from infection. It fights infection and boosts the immune system.
- Vitamin-C. As soon as cold starts, take vitamin-C in doses of 500 to 1,000mg every hour until stool loosens. Stay at that high dose until your cold is over. Gradually reduce down to 500mg a day. If pregnant stick to daily doses of no more than 500 to 2,000mg a day.
- Vitamin-A. In the 1920’s and 30’s, it was called the anti-infection vitamin. It cuts down the recurrent infection rate. Usual doses are 20,000IU up to 100,000IU a day during infections only.
- Zinc: 30 to 50mg per day is an immune booster. Zinc lozenges sucked throughout day reduce the duration of sore throats.
- Slippery Elm Lozenges. Slippery elm is a soothing herb that coats inflamed mucous membranes, and provides immediate relief for the pain of sore throats
- Cautions: All doses are for non-pregnant adults. Children may take all these remedies, but at reduced dosages. If your symptoms worsen or persist, see you.