Natural solutions to prevent and treat the swine flu

The subject of swine flu H1N1 epidemic continue to captivate the interest of the public and media, both main stream and secondary channels. Unfortunately, most of this interest is concentrated on the vaccine debate. We want to offer a brief list of natural solutions to this problem.

The natural methods to prevent and treat the swine flu infections are not H1N1 specific. They are well known natural ways to keep our body in good health or to recover from a disease. These methods are divided into thee categories: immune system strengthening methods, flu prevention methods and natural remedies for flu and flu-like diseases.

Immune system strengthening methods:

There is no method to protect us from coming in contact with the swine flu virus, or with any other virus for that matter. The most efficient method to protect ourselves from swine flu is to keep our defense line – the immune system – in good shape. Here are the most effective ways to keep ourselves healthy:

  • Exercise:
    • Internal martial arts (Qigong, Tai Chi Chuan) or Yoga have known health improving benefits
    • Any type of exercise is beneficial and has a contribution to the strengthening of the immune system
    • Passive exercise or body manipulation (chiropractic and massage therapies) is an effective way to improve health
  • Improve diet:
    • Reduce or eliminate refined sugar and replace it with natural sugars (honey, maple syrup)
    • Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamin C
    • Optimize the vitamin D level, especially during the cold season
    • Take high quality animal-based omega-3 fats (krill oil, fish oil)
    • Eat garlic and onion as thay contain many antiviral chemicals
  • Use herbal remedies and supplements:
    • Ginseng is widely believed to improve overall immunity to illness
    • Ginger contains nearly a dozen antiviral compounds
    • Goldenseal increases the blood supply to the spleen, an organ that’s the staging area for the fighting cells of your immune system. It is antiseptic and immune stimulating
  • Get good quality sleep:
    • Recommended duration for the age group (minimum 7 hours for adults)
    • Uninterrupted, if possible
    • Two hours of sleep before midnight, preferably
  • Reduce stress levels through:
    • Meditation
    • Relaxation methods (Qigong, Yoga breathing exercises)
    • Massage
  • Practice or get regular energy healing sessions like Reiki, Qigong, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch, Quantum Touch, Johrei Mahicary, Crystal healing.

Flu prevention methods:

The prevention methods for H1N1 virus infections are common to all viral and bacterial infections. They are very well-known components of the corporal hygiene. Here are the most effective ways to prevent infection and proliferation of the virus:

  • Wash hands frequently with a natural, chemical-free soap (avoid antibacterial soap, as they are inefficient against viruses and debilitate the immune system) to reduce the prolonged exposure to viruses potentially contracted through touching infested objects (door knobs, computer keys, etc)
  • Practice “hands-off-the-face” approach, since the only portals of entry of the viruses are the nostrils and mouth/throat
  • Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use a natural mouth wash if you don’t trust or like salt) to prevent the proliferation of H1N1 that needs 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat / nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms.
  • Similar to the method above, clean your nostrils at least twice a day with warm salt water, to bring down the viral population:
    • Practice the Yoga asana Jala Neti if possible (gently inhale the water through a nostril and eliminate it through the mouth or the other nostril); see how at Yoga Age
    • Blow the nose softly and swab both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water
    • For small kids, put a drop of salt water in each nostril using a dropper
  • Drink as much of warm fluids (preferably herbal or green tea) as you can. Drinking warm fluids has the same effect as gargling, but in reverse. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, multiply, or do any harm.

Flu natural remedies

If, despite the fact that you made a conscious effort to prevent the infection with a virus, you still get flu or a flu-like disease, use the following remedies to strengthen your immune system and reduce the symptoms:

  • Continue to practice the appropriate immune system strengthening methods
  • Continue to practice all the hygiene prevention methods
  • Add to your diet:
    • Warm soups
    • Plenty of herbal tea (chamomile, linden)
  • Use herbal remedies for healing and symptom reduction:
    • Echinacea, a traditional favorite for colds and flu, works by stimulating the immune system and helps clear flu-like symptoms more rapidly
    • Licorice contains antiviral compounds that induce the release of interferons, the body’s own antiviral constituents
    • Anis is as an expectorant and, in large doses, it also has some antiviral benefits
    • Marshmallow has been used for thousands of years as a soothing herb for cold-related cough and sore throat and other respiratory conditions
    • Seneca snakeroot is used as an expectorant for reducing upper respiratory phlegm also recommended for treatment of bronchitis and emphysema
    • Slippery elm bark contains large quantities of a mucilage that acts as an effective throat soother and cough suppressant
    • Other herbs: elderberry, watercress, ashwagandha, astragalus, suma, reishi, and maitake
  • If you choose to use allopathic treatments that only address the symptoms, it is better to associate them with energy healing sessions that enhance the effect while reducing the side effects
  • Use energy healing methods like Reiki and Qigong to reduce or eliminate the symptoms and help your immune system to efficiently fight the virus.

We hope that this article is both informative and helpful. Please, leave comments at the end of this article with any questions or suggestions you might have.

Related article:
Swine Flu (H1N1) and Vaccine Awareness

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2 Responses to “Natural solutions to prevent and treat the swine flu”

  • Cristi Says:
    November 18th, 2009 at 16:06

    We should also consider Prebiotics & Probiotics – bacteria in your stomach, helps protect you against viruses trying to get into your system.
    Prebiotics – found in garlic and onions, helps feed the bacteria and protect you,
    Probiotics – found in yogurt, helps nourish your stomach lining.

  • Dori Says:
    November 18th, 2009 at 16:52

    While both prebiotics and probiotics have demonstrated general health benefits, their healing effects are related mainly to the digestive system diseases.
    Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria in the digestive system which are beneficial to the health of the body. Even though raw garlic and raw onion have 17.5%, respectively 8.6% prebiotic fiber content, there are other foods with much higher soluble fiber content that can be consumed in higher quantities. Their benefic influence in viral infections is due to their antiviral, antibacterial and immune system modulator effects; they also have detoxification qualities.
    Probiotics are live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host. They beneficially affect the host by improving its intestinal microbial balance, thus inhibiting pathogens and toxin producing bacteria. They do not have known benefic effects on viral infections.

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