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Top five medicinal herbs that help fight influenza

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by: Sandeep Godiyal
Tags: medicinal herbs, influenza, immune system

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(NaturalNews) Using herbal medicines to fend off sicknesses is a traditional practice that still lives on today. Experts debate about the effectiveness of these herbs in preventing influenza and other kinds of diseases because of a lack of evidence. On the other hand, others have no doubts about their efficacy. The fact remains that these herbs possess qualities that help the body become strong enough to fight off sickness. It is important; however, to consult properly with a professional before taking any of these herbal medicines.

Garlic

There are certain characteristics of garlic that make it effective at enhancing white blood cells, which is actually the body's first defense against all sorts of infection and illnesses. There has actually been a research study published about the capabilities of garlic and it was included in the Journal of National Medical Association. The study was initiated by Dr. Tariq Abdullah.

According to Dr. Abdullah, garlic's efficacy is proven at the onset of the flu. It is taken with honey and chewed in cloves. This way of consuming garlic helps with easy absorption. The fumes from garlic can make their way through the sinuses while swallowing it can be beneficial to the gastrointestinal tract.

Echinacea

This is another popular herbal remedy. It is well regarded for its ability to enhance the immune system. It also has unique properties that can help ease pain and inflammation as per the University of Maryland Medical Center. As a matter of fact, there are supplements now that come from dried Echinacea. There are certain precautions that should be observed; however, with taking this herb especially for individuals who are under immuno-suppressant medication. To avoid risks and reap only the benefits, the advice of a specialist needs to be sought after.

Slippery elm

This herb also has positive effects to the immune system. It specifically works to protect any damaged tissue. Slippery elm can also serve the purpose of protecting the esophagus, stomach, intestine lining and throat. This is achieved by the herb through supplying much needed nutrition.

Elderberry

This is another effective herbal medicine that works great in treating flu cases where the respiratory tract is involved. It helps relieve muscle pain and sore throats and it also works effectively at lowering fever. Elderberry has long been considered as a stimulant for the immune system and its extract should be taken as soon as the first symptoms of sickness are felt.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is quite effective at treating cough. It can also help relieve the common symptoms of cold and flu. The fresh leaves of Eucalyptus can either be used as a tea or gargled to relieve pain in the throat. It can also be applied as an ointment for relief.

There are other medicinal herbs regarded for their ability to help the human body fight off sicknesses such as influenza. But since these herbs may interfere with other medications, individuals are reminded against self-medicating. Health is at stake, so proper consultation with a specialist is critical.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.naturalnews.com/034851_flu_herbal_remedies_cures.html

http://www.umm.edu/

http://www.holisticonline.com/

About the author:
Sandeep is an mountain climber, runner, and fitness coach. He shares his tips for staying in shape and eating healthy on quickeasyfit.

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