Influenza which is commonly referred as flu is an infectious disease caused by a virus that affects the upper respiratory tract including the throat, lungs,nose, and middle ear. The symptoms of flu are similar to a cold and include fever with chills, sore throat, and muscle pains along with severe headache, cough, weakness, fatigue and general discomfort; but this disease is more severe than that of common cold.
The mode of transmission can be either a direct contact with the contaminated nasal discharge and infected surfaces or it can be due to air borne transmission by sneezing and cough. A lot of medications are available in the souk to deal with the virus but most of them only repress the symptoms along with blocking the self defense mechanism of the body that fights against infection. So it’s better that you find a natural way to deal with the influenza virus along with increasing body immunity.
The first remedy includes the intake of Vitamin C to boost immune system and increase the resistance of the body against the infectious disease.
You are also advised to take a sun bath as sunlight is also regarded as a method to inactivate the influenza virus and thereby reduce its harmful effects.
The third medication involves regular intake of a tea prepared by mixing one teaspoon each of bayberry bark and grated ginger root along with half a teaspoon of cayenne powder in a cup of water and letting it to boil.Once the mixture starts to boil put it on simmer for half an hour and then turn off the flame. Let it cool down and then strain this mix through a strainer and use it.
Zinc supplements can prove useful in prevention of flu as zinc help to boost the immune system and increases the count of white blood cells that fight varied diseases. For this you can also opt for zinc lozenges.
The fifth cure calls for intake of garlic. Raw garlic is known to contain allicin which proves effective in preventing flu. Regular intake of one or two cloves of garlic can prove helpful to increase the body resistance towards flu. You can also opt for garlic tea, for which you need to chop a clove of garlic and add in a cup of boiling water and steep for ten minutes. Have this tea in a warm condition after straining. You can have this tea also as a preventive measure.
It is also advised to wash your hands frequently with soap as influenza virus gets inactivated with the use of soaps and detergents.