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Flu: Managing With Natural Herbs and Food

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:33 AM

Children, adults, and the elderly all suffer flu symptoms. Here, natural immunomodulator foods and herbs are recommended, instead of over-the-counter drugs containing chemicals, for safe management of the flu. Food and herbs with medicinal properties are common to our kitchen. Natural food and herbs boost immunity and decongest the sinuses.

Indian Gooseberry: Commonly known as amla, it is an excellent immunomodulator herb. It has been used for centuries to treat respiratory disorders. Vitamin C present in this herb has healing properties, and it stimulates immunity. Taking fresh raw amla or amla juice and even candies are equally beneficial.
Turmeric: It is a proven natural antiallergic and immunomodulator Indian herb used in preparing food, being beneficial in managing flu. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is commonly used in South Asian cooking. Turmeric boosts immunity.
Chicken Soup: It is an age-old natural remedy for the flu. It decongests the blocked nose, reduces inflammation in respiratory tract and soothes throat. It helps overcome associated lethargy.  

Ginger: Ginger is a wonderful remedy for fever and headaches caused by flu. Tea prepared by boiling ginger in water is very useful. Taking ginger powder mixed with honey quickly clears cough and relieves the sore throat in a natural way. 

Garlic: It is a potent antimicrobial herb that prevents secondary infections. Allicin compound in garlic is a natural decongestant. It has sulfurous compound which acts as an antimicrobial agent and increases immunity. Garlic is helpful in clogged sinuses.

Aniseed: These seeds have mucilage and help in easy expulsion of cough. They are very soothing for the throat as well. Aniseed should be soaked in water and taken with lukewarm milk. Alternatively, tea made up of this natural herb is equally beneficial.

Mushrooms: This is natural food to manage immunity-related diseases in China. Mushrooms are enriched with cytokines that reduce inflammation and with other immunomodulator compounds that prevent flu.

Black Pepper: A common food item, black pepper has a powerful compound piperine. This natural supplement is useful in pain and fever management associated with flu. Black pepper can be taken as tea or as powder mixed with honey.

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Usually caused by influenza viruses A and B, flu can be managed by taking in natural herbs and food that increase immunity. Natural food, herbs, and some spices have immunomodulators that either boost the immune system or reduce the immunity response.
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