Natural remedy to combat Swine Flu

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), an herb with anti-viral properties, is being increasingly considered as a natural-defense against the H1N1 Swine Flu. Researchers believe that this antioxidant-rich herb can reduce the duration and severity of the flu.

One such popular preparation of Elderberry is Sambucol, the syrup available in most health-food stores, which has also been tested in several studies. The treatment may help in easing symptoms of flu such as muscle aches and chills, although typical Swine Flu signs also include lethargy, fever, lack of appetite, cough, nausea and sore throat.

The compounds in Elderberry bind with viruses before penetrating into the walls of cells. This prevents the spreading of viruses. Flavanoids in the black Elderberry extract is the active component against the influenza virus. Elderberry is non-toxic and hence can be used for children too, and is available in syrup, capsules or tincture form in any health food store.

A study on flu patients who were administered Sambucol, showed that the patients were completely symptom-free in two days, while those on placebo took almost a week for recovery. This study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, was performed during an Influenza B outbreak, and hence the result was yet to be proven on Influenza A.

In another study published in the International Journal of Medical Research, about 90 percent of the participants with Influenza A, revealed that patients who received Sambucol recovered in an average of 3.1days, compared to 7.1 days in the placebo group.

Although, studies are yet to confirm if Elderberry can actually prevent the flu infection, it can be used as a natural flu remedy, in the wake of recent Swine Flu outbreak. Also, the fact that it is safe for both adults and children, with no known side effects, makes it a good natural remedy.



    According to latest news around the world Swine flu is established worldwide. A number of deaths have been reported worldwid so far. Initially the disease, Swine flu infects pigs caused by the H1N1 virus then transmitted to human beings. It is not a new disease it was noted in past also. The deaths reported were between 50 million and 1 hundred million.

    The main symptoms are – Headache, Fever, Soaring Throat, troublesome breathing, cough and body ache.

    People showing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, running nose and difficulty in breathing should be allowed to stay at home for a period of 7 to 10 days.

    There is no need to worry a lot as the Swine flu is curable. As suggested by elders that prevention is better than cure, the following precautionery measures must be taken, to minimise the chances of getting infected with Swine flu;

    1. People showing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, running nose and difficulty in breathing should be
    allowed to stay at home for a period of 7 to 10 days and consult your nearest medical practitioner
    2. Avoid contact with the pigs (swine). If you have pigs in your area then please inform the local municipal office
    so that they can take care of those pigs by keeping them isolated.
    3. Keep a distance of minimum 6 feet from people affected with Catarrh, Cough and Fever.
    4. Swine flu is communicable disease, so use the face masks to protect from the swine flu antigens.
    5. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using one time dispoable tissue when possible.
    6. Avoid shaking hands, embracing and visiting the congested places and also crowded places like theaters,
    this can be a cause of spreading ground for Swine flu.
    7. Wash your hands frequently with soap or diluted water of dettol at least 6-8 times a day to reduce the spread of virus.
    8. Instruct the above points to children as they may be victimised easily with the Swine flu.
    9. Avoid eating outside food because it may be contaminated and may make you infected with the virus.
    10. Don’t use the public urinals because many people spit there, which could lead to the spreading of the disease.
    11. Use boiled water only to Drink.

    Recommended, Homeopathy medicine Influenzinum 200 – 5 pills 3 times a Day.

  2. Take following daily to prevent Swine Flu:-

    1. Amla (raw green)- 2 per day (body immunity enhancer)

    2. Tulsi (Basil leaves ) “ 20 to 25 Leaves per day (body immunity enhancer)

    3. Garlic “ 4 pieces per day intermittently at 4 hour interval throughout the day as prevention (strong odor keep germs away – Chewing fresh garlic cloves is effective home remedy as garlic is a good antiviral), 16 pieces per day if you have SWINE FLU.

    4. Ginger- 1 small raw piece (body immunity enhancer)

    5. Haldi Powder & Fresh Lime “ Half spoon Haldi Powder + 1 Fresh Lime Juice with half glass of water (body immunity enhancer)

    Indian natural herb Tulsi to fight back swine flu Wed, Aug 12 11:56 AM
    Ayurveda, the traditional ‘science of life’, has a remedy for diseases when every other stream of medicine fails. Now, at a time when swine flu is spreading like wildfire across the world, Ayurveda has the remedy in the form of the miraculous herb, the basil leaves commonly known as Tulsi.

    “The anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves the body’s overall defence mechanism including its ability to fight viral diseases. It was successfully used in combating Japanese Encephalitis and the same theory applies to swine flu,” Dr U K Tiwari, a herbal medicine practitioner says.
    Apart from acting as a preventive medicine in case of swine flu, Tulsi can help the patient recover faster.
    “Even when a person has already contracted swine flu, Tulsi can help in speeding up the recovery process and also help in strengthening the immune system of the body,” he claims.
    Dr Bhupesh Patel, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar is also of the view that Tulsi can play an important role in controlling swine flu.

    As its name suggests, Tulsi has again proved to be the ‘the incomparable’ medicine – this time, in the prevention and cure of swine flu.
    The symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with novel H1N1 flu virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. The high risk groups for novel H1N1 flu are not known at this time, but it’s possible that they may be the same as for seasonal influenza. However, Please consult a practitioner in case of any such symptoms. Doctors have strictly advised against self medication.

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    Ayurveda can counter swine flu, says Sri Ravi Shankar
    Urging people not to panic, Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living said , “India has a wealth of knowledge from Ayurveda to counter swine flu”..
    Elaborating on this, Dr. Manikantan and Dr. Nisha Manikantan, senior ayurvedic doctors at Sri Sri Ayurveda centre said, “Swine flu invades the body because of a breakdown in immunity. And Ayurveda offers simple & effective remedies to boost immunity & build resistance. Tea made from Laxmi Taru leaves (botanical name: Simarouba), Tulsi, Amla and Amrut (Giloy) acts as an immunity enhancer. Alternatively & additionally, Ginger and Turmeric (haldi) powder mixed with either lime juice or honey can also be taken twice a day.”

    He said, “In addition, our mind also plays an important role in our immunity. Whenever we panic and have fear, our immunity level goes down. Practices like pranayama and meditation play a vital role in reducing panic / fear and keeping ourselves calm. Independent studies conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru have empirically proved that practices such as pranayama and meditation boosts immunity at least three-fold. If we can integrate these practices in our daily lives along with the simple Ayurvedic remedies, we can effectively counter swine flu”.

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