The environment is full of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other bugs that bombard people every day, but many of us remain healthy. Some people say modern medicine helps while others point to the wonders of nature.
There are those who use both approaches, but with a growing number of people concerned about vaccines, the combination of natural cures and remedies to enhance the immune system sounds appealing.
Here are the top 10 natural remedies promoted as substitutes for vaccines:
Vitamins and minerals have been known to boost the immune system naturally and avoid the need for vaccines.
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Vitamin D3 is a pre-hormone that revs up the immune system through the bloodstream. The vitamin works especially well if you aren't getting enough vitamin D through sunlight.
The herb astragalus has been used for centuries as a Chinese and Indian medicine. It regulates the immune system and might help protect people getting ready for the flu season.
Golden seal and Echinacea also work to prevent the flu and colds. You can use these herbs in tinctures or capsules.
Garlic is a natural remedy which cleans your blood and body of toxins. It has been recognized by prominent researchers for its abilities to lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and even act as a preventive measure to avoid heart disease.
Homeopathic remedies have been praised by advocates for use against viruses and routine ailments.
Phosphorus works to treat pneumococcal infections responsible for pneumonia. Advocates of natural remedies say vaccines only prevent a small number of infections.
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Symphoricarpus racemosus, made from the snowberry, relieves nausea, including nausea from morning sickness and also promotes health.
Natrum muriaticum has been used with success to treat psychological disorders, including depression, as well as stress and anxiety.
Calendula oil and gel promote wound healing by helping with blood circulation.
A homeopathic medicine called ledum relieves pain, promotes healing and may work against tetanus, according to homeopathic practitioners.
Belladonna may be effective in the early stages to treat viral and bacterial meningitis to relieve intense heat and pain, stiff neck and headache.
Parents and people in general can use these methods to better their health, but studies have not shown clear evidence that natural remedies can replace vaccines.
This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.
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