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5 Flu Symptoms and Remedies

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5 Flu Symptoms and Remedies

By Shannon Sexton, Yoga+

It’s the dead of winter and you’ve got a miserable cold or the flu—again. Why is it so hard to escape this season without sneezing, coughing, aching, or running a fever?

We often invite these ailments in unwittingly. As the temperature drops and twilight falls earlier and earlier, we’d rather slouch on a couch and eat pizza in front of the TV than take a brisk walk or head to the gym. Throw in a few festive holidays and we’ve got an overburdened, under exercised body brimming with ama (toxic buildup). And because winter is a kapha-dominant season, we begin to feel increasingly cold, heavy, wet, dense, and inert. As kapha rises and ama builds, the body becomes congested.

In its wisdom, the body attempts to slough off this toxic buildup before it causes bigger problems (according to ayurveda, ama is the fertilizer for all the seeds of illness). A cold or the flu can be the mechanism for a little “spring cleaning,” however unpleasant.

So while it’s tempting to raid the medicine cabinet for cough suppressants, decongestants, anti-inflammatories, and anti-nausea medications, ayurveda encourages us to support our body’s cleansing mission, even if it means toughing out uncomfortable symptoms. Here are some natural ways to cope with colds and flus.

At the first sign of sıckness…
Support your body’s cleansing efforts and boost your immune system with the following items:

Vitamin A (20,000 IU once a day for 5 days at your heartiest meal. Contraindicated in pregnancy.)

Zinc lozenges (25 mg up to 3 times per day, best with food to prevent stomach upset.)

Echinacea extract (30 drops in an ounce of hot water, 4–8 times per day. Best absorbed on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before meals or 2 hours afterward.)

Vitamin C (500 mg 4–8 times per day on an empty stomach.)

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3:05PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

thanks for the resources.

10:59AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

4:37PM PST on Jan 26, 2011

water, echinacea, garlic, ginger powder in hot water, sleep and... protect other from you, lol : )

12:07AM PST on Jan 22, 2011

Thanx 4 the tips, I have flu right now!! damm!

5:20AM PDT on Oct 22, 2010

Get the flu shot. Duh!

2:44AM PDT on Aug 2, 2010

I drink juices from the local health food shop and they seem to help me.

2:44AM PDT on Aug 2, 2010

I drink juices from the local health food shop and they seem to helpo me.

9:21PM PDT on Jul 5, 2010


12:04AM PDT on Jun 26, 2010

Thanks. The North American Plains Indians have long been using echinacea to help maintain their health and ward off the flu during the winter months. Echinacea is a natural antibiotic which kill bacteria indirectly. It helps your body produce more interferons and more T-lymphocytes which kill germs and prevent them from multiplying.

1:27AM PDT on Apr 14, 2010


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