Influenza is a highly contagious disease annoying. The health risk of influenza is low - especially harmful disease that prevents us from concentrating on work and communication. We can say that with a flu medicine of the 20th century does not know how. It is not even able to reduce the incidence of influenza epidemics, or treat individual cases of influenza. The prevention and treatment of influenza may help knowledge and adherence to certain principles that we are happy to justify. We do not intend to replace the encyclopedic source of information, just tell some facts as we usually say.
Influenza is not the common cold
In folklore, the words flu and colds sometimes used synonymously. I remember that as a child I was not sure whether the flu and colds are or are not two different diseases. None. Influenza is a viral disease, while cold as a separate disease does not exist. "Cold" usually refers to influenza, but also angina or any other inflammation. It's amazing how much people give the superstitions of causation cold, inflammation , whether the respiratory tract, joints , kidneys, ears and other organs. Hypothermia (and any excessive stress) and immunity, although not much weakened individuals can severely damage, but never directly leads to infection. Flu and inflammation is excessive can not resist dressing, heavy fur hats or belts around the kidneys.
Superstition colds in my opinion, arose from the popular observation that influenza and viral infections occur mainly in autumn and winter, especially after long journeys in cold weather. Folk wisdom was not aware of the existence of bacteria and viruses and disinfecting action of solar ultraviolet radiation that precisely in the autumn and winter are missing. She did not have to respect the fact that long journeys in cold weather usually ends with stops at fairs in unsanitary inns serving as focal points of internal infections. It merely pragmatic and not the false conclusion that if we do not exhibit cold on carts, the likelihood of infectious diseases is reduced. And so our folk wisdom about the "cold" haunts in ordinary consciousness to this day.
prevention of influenza
The flu epidemic will spread in the summer, because the disinfecting effect of solar radiation is very strong. Even a few minutes of direct sunshine reliably kills virtually 100% of bacteria and viruses. But more after the onset of chilly weather get flu almost everyone. The influenza virus is highly variable - every year we've got a new look and viruses. Therefore we apart from chickenpox are not able to create lasting immunity, so also it is not possible to effectively vaccinate against influenza. That does not mean that we must approach the flu completely fatalistic.
The only reliable treatment for influenza is to nenakazit. Shorten your stay in busy places, on public transport, drive less, occupy the crowd. Once you get the flu, stay home to infect colleagues. When you can not stay at home, you are modeled after the Japanese citizens to protect against infection by wearing surgical masks (picture). If you are such behavior seemed a little Czech, the place of work or a concert of your favorite band visit a recruitment meeting pyramid schemes or public event will unsympathetic parties and religious associations.
In the prevention of flu, it is important to have a healthy immune system . Not nearly any viral particles, which are captured in the mucosa of the nasopharynx, causing flu. Your immune system destroys the majority of discovered viruses. The virus first must get to the cells through a layer of mucus covering healthy mucosa. Nasal mucus contains a large amount of antibodies such as IgA and other immune molecules that typically captured viruses wrapped and disposed. Empirically it has been found that some of the herbs and adaptogens mucosal immunity, improve, although usually not as clear. Clinical trials in immunity against influenza infection, in principle, are not available, but at least he was in vitro immunomodulatory effect of many medicinal plants demonstrated . Mucosal immunity in general also helps harden the body and improve physical fitness.
treatment of influenza
Influenza is a disease incurable by conventional means - after the appearance of the first symptoms of flu is virtually impossible to stop. It can, however, mitigate the extent of damage to the mucous membranes and skin, which causes the flu. The course of influenza is a balance between destruction of epithelial cells with a virus, secondary tissue damage and immune-protective and regenerative processes. Treatment of influenza therefore focused on improving the recovery processes, where they help herbs, as well as antioxidant vitamins C and E. Flu, as well as smoking, increased consumption of vitamin C, which plays a direct role in the synthesis of collagen in the connective tissue to heal,. To a lesser extent, it is also possible to protect cells from damage by excessive immune responses in the mucosa of the nasopharynx cytoprotective herbs. We should add that in the treatment of flu antibiotics will not help, because the infectious agent is influenza virus, the flu but it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from bacterial infection and occurs even mixed bacterial and viral infections. The use of antibiotics is because we follow the advice of the doctor, which in turn ensures that antibiotics haphazardly does not prescribe to patients with a viral infection.
Our diet today is very different from the diet of our ancestors. We used to eat a lot more herbs, many of which can be described as adaptogens and many have antiviral and regenerative effects. As I already wrote, antiviral effects are only suitable for the prevention of influenza. Once you get the flu, antiviral herbs with disease progression will help a little. But they are useful vitamins and herbs with protective and regenerative effects.
The commercially available plants with antiviral effects include ginger, garlic, blueberry leaf, Motherwort, oregano (oregano), rosemary, coriander, fennel, Woundwort, hyssop, skullcap and more. Regenerative effects have food and fruits containing vitamins, especially vitamin C also help plant flavonoids and other antioxidants contained in large amounts, for example in small berry fruits (blueberry, blackberry, blackcurrant). To damage their own immune cells operate some adaptogens, which is a model representative of true ginseng.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng), according to tradition, as well as many academic resources improves immunity. In direct relation with the flu they studied mainly Koreans ( Yoo2012peg , Xu2012ikr , Lee2014iar , Kim2016rgv , Scaglione1990iet and others). Clinical studies mostly concern specific ginseng preparations against influenza. An example might be a Canadian ginseng polysaccharide preparation ColdFX ( Vohra2008stn ). Studies relating to the preparation ženšenovému Ginsana ( Scaglione1996ess ) followed for 12 weeks, its impact on the incidence of influenza in people who have undergone a polyvalent vaccine against influenza. While the control group of vaccinated persons with flu occurred in 37% of cases (42 out of 113) in the group taking ginseng extract with cold or flu symptoms apparently occurred only in 13% of cases (15 out of 114). Ginseng extract further according to the aforementioned study increased by 59% formation of antibodies against influenza, and nearly double the increased activity of NK cells .
Preventive and curative effect of ginseng is explained by the action of some panaxosidů and ginseng polysaccharides. For example, ginsenosides Rb 1 , Re , 20 (S) Rh 1 and 20 (R) Rh 1 increases the antiviral activity of lymphocytes ( Cho2002gfp ), while ginseng polysaccharides stimulate macrophages . Ginseng also protect the inflamed tissue effects of ginsenosides Rb 1, Rb 2 , Rg 1 ( Cho2001vie , Cho2002gfp ). The overall effectiveness of ginseng is determined by a balance of immunostimulatory and protective (immunosuppressive) effect .
Ginseng and other herbs with potential effect on upper respiratory tract infections
Once I received a rather desperate-sounding question from a patient with chronic inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, which the doctors were unable to cure. The patient, of course, wanted to help with their own problems, but I did not know if it was a viral or bacterial inflammation. It is not really possible to prescribe treatment remotely, and so I followed the recommendation of Dr. Duke intuitively compiled a rough list of medicinal plants that can be specified with chronic respiratory infections tested. Due to the unspecified nature of the disease I suggest you use a combination of several different antiviral and antibacterial herbs from the list because it easily is achieved by antibiotic effect on microbes. Given the need to effect a loading dose (attempt to destroy the largest possible number of microbes in the beginning antibiotic treatment before they get a chance to equip the possible mechanisms of resistance) also suggest appropriately high dosage and at the failure of the option to switch to other herbs. The list should not be used without medical supervision to treat specific cases of disease. The specific cases, always consult with a physician knowledgeable medical botany.
Effect against infections of the upper respiratory tract could be a combination of tea from 3G blueberry leaves (vaccinii myrtilli folium) , large quantities of fresh garlic (taste can be mitigated milk or cream), large quantities (up to 10 grams) fresh young grated ginger (Zingiber officinale, decoction or fresh ginger with meat, liver or so), to 5 grams ginseng (Panax ginseng) , splash. Blueberries, garlic and ginger are known antiviral herbs, ginseng also has an extra protective effects. The food add turmeric (Curcuma longa), again in high dose. Food is suitable "season" antiviral Spice: Oregano or oregano (Origanum vulgare), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), coriander (Coriandrum sativum), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), all in gram quantities. These plants are all known antiviral compounds content and we should not underestimate them. To prepare the salad, according to Dr. Duke suitable virgin olive (olives virginal oleum) or evening primrose (oleum oenotherae primrose) oil. May be taken into account and medicinal mushrooms - such lingzhi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum ) - fungi often contain antibacterial agents.
Ginseng has besides immunomodulation and activity against sexual dysfunction , Reishi mushroom is effective anticancer agent . If within two weeks, do not correct the chronic inflammation, we can still try a combination of other antiviral herbs: woundwort medical or Stachys officinalis (Stachys officinalis), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), skullcap Baikal (Scutellaria baicalensis), hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Černohlávek general (Prunella vulgaris) all about tops everything so after about two grams a day. Farther Chicory (Cichorium intybus, root) and Echinacea, or coneflower (Echinacea purpurea flowering herb or flower), it may be St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), again all 2g. These are called. Shotgun approach, we seek to make some of the herbs on the infection being treated "saddle". You just need a good burst to the nearest herbal shop and vybílit them there. It is also possible to take into account the so-called. Malabar nut (Justicia Adhatoda) and called. Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa), of Brussels bureaucrats have been perhaps soon realize that it is not in their interest herbs forbid, so that the Uncaria EU absurdly banned already disregard.
The list of herbs is applicable when an infection can be further expanded: there include lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), calmly and 4 grams a day, zavinutka lemon (Monarda citriodora), Creeping bugle (Ajuga reptans), membranous milkvetch (Astragalus membranaceus). The antiviral effect has blueberry (Juniperus), edible makeup (Phytolacca Acinos), honeysuckle (Lonicera) and overhanging forsythia or golden rain (Forsythia suspension). From the hub, there are references to Cordyceps sinensis (Cordyceps, Lee2014aec ).
Instruction Dr. Duke is already beginning to stop flu
Honeysuckle and forsythia suspensa contain proven antiviral agents and combinations of these two herbs is by Dr. Duke him only known means of stopping the already starting influenza. The entire recipe mention here:
- for two handfuls of antiviral lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
- for a handful of leaves of bramble (Rubus)
- half cup of blackberries contain vitamins and flavonoids
- tablespoon of juniper berries (Juniperus communis)
- 2 grams of honeysuckle (Lonicera)
- 2 g overhanging forsythia (Forsythia suspensa)
- a small bunch (2g) edible flowers makeup (Phytolacca esculenta)
- tablespoon finely grated young ginger (Zingiber)
- teaspoon powdered lemonade to taste
All of these herbs have a greater or lesser antiviral activity. Honeysuckle and forsythia suspensa but are mildly poisonous (not adaptogens) and should not be taken at a dose of greater than about 2 grams per day. They are slightly poisonous and two additional plants from a mixture of: juniper and makeup edible. Weeping forsythia called golden rain we all know, though poisonous, is one of the 50 fundamental herbs of TCM. Honeysuckle is commonly planted in the cities and in the wild. Not all species of honeysuckle are about as useful, I have personal experience with the use of honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum), Tartar honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica) and ovíjivého honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum). You can also use some goat leaf honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) and Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), of which the latter is oficinální in TCM. Of honeysuckle can use flowers or leaves, even after ripening berries, which are bitter. Beware of overdose.
Dr. Duke recommends this herbal mixture inserted into a larger container, and soon after 1 hour to infuse a large cup of cold water. This first leaching is used to extract those compounds which better macerated cold water and also for the extraction of important volatile and unstable substances which upon heating disappear. After lautered and cold drinking liquor with herbs twice soil drenched large cup of cold water, this time with the addition of a large shot of vodka. This is because some of the compounds with alcohol leached much better than a pure water. Again alkalis 1 hour digest drink. Up to a third mixture, pour hot water and drink herbal tea as normal. We are taking the maximum single dose of the herb mixture daily.
Although Dr. Duke reported empirical success with the treatment of influenza aforementioned herb mixture, it is but a mere personality cult, not a proper trial. In addition, efficiency of the mixture is not absolute (reliability is far from reaching 100%) In addition, the composition containing a mildly poisonous herbs. Therefore, the recipe can be tested only under the supervision of a physician knowledgeable in medical botany.