Fighting the ‘Flu

I t’s that time of the year again, when at least one person you know has had the flu!

If you are anything like me, having the flu is a big interruption and not welcome in my busy schedule. Not to mention the fact that schools are back and the likelihood of passing the nasty bug is increased by many fold.  Naturopathy can be a great help with flu symptoms.

Just this last week, my youngest daughter who is 4 years old started developing symptoms of a runny nose, tiredness, aching, coughing and complaining of a sore tummy, I immediately gave her a dropper full of my special blend of three herbs, and put her to bed.

Later that evening, my eldest daughter was complaining of feeling tired and wanted to go to bed early, she was showing no other symptoms and because she hardly ever becomes sick I thought this was just fine. The next day my youngest whom I thought I would have to keep at home, bounced out of bed, got ready and asked to ‘hurry up and go to pre-school’. I was over joyed, gave her another dropper dose and felt very pleased with my swift response to her symptoms. Low and behold my eldest daughter woke up with raging flu symptoms and needed to stay in bed all day! Had I given her the dropper too, she would probably have woken up in a better state.

What is the flu?

The flu is a virus that can spread via saliva droplets from coughs, sneezes and talking. A person is infectious 1 day before the symptoms develop and around 5-7 days after symptoms are present.

There are ultimately three types of flu, A, B and C. Of the three, type A has the capacity to mutate, making it harder to predict what subtype of A will be prevalent each year. This impacts on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, as they are prepared in advance and based on strains from pervious years. This winter we are experiencing a subtype of the H3N2 virus, the Hong Kong virus of 1968, and some people have been hit quite badly with it.

So what are the symptoms?

Symptoms develop suddenly, within hours after infection. Initially a person may feel slight chills, and sweats. Progressive symptoms include;

  • High fever
  • Sweating
  • Aching muscles, especially in the back
  • Severe exhaustion
  • Frequent sneezing, stuffy or runny nose
  • Sore throat and cough
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sometimes depression following a flu attack

 Who are at risk?

Anyone with a weakened or under developed immune system, including the elderly, young children, and people currently unwell.  People working in jobs that involve being in contact with many others, such as teachers, librarians, office workers, nurses and of course parents.

 What can we do?

Naturopathic treatment aims to support and regulate the bodies’ immune system, working alongside the bodies’ natural defence mechanisms, such as fevers and mucous production, to remove the pathogens and bacteria.

Of course we do not mean that one should remain with a high fever for a long period of time, or to stream with mucous continuously. But the aim is to allow the fever to do its job first, which is to kill the bacteria via heat, and then allow mucous to push out the bacteria through coughs and nasal discharge.

Specific organs in the body, such as the liver, kidneys and skin work to eliminate toxins and bugs, and with naturopathic and herbal treatment we can focus on enabling them to function optimally.

We provide herbal remedies that assist with this acute stage of infection, and thereafter continue to support the immune system through strengthening and restoring its vitality. Understandably, one person’s need is always different to another, and we ensure to take the time to adapt herbal prescriptions that cater for individuals.

Improving the health and function of organs within the body, enhances the immune system, thereby assisting the body in becoming more resilient to outside attack from bugs and viruses, now and in the future.

If you would like to have the handy blend that I used for my daughter’s flu symptoms,  in your cupboard, for you and your family, pop by to the clinic and we’ll make up a batch for you.

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