Herbal medicines have been suggested in recent news by alternative health professionals as an important part of avoiding the flu–without the use of controversial flu vaccines.
An article published online at Daily Breeze on October 22, 2009, “A natural approach to battle the flu blues,” suggested an immune boosting regimen including herbals medicines; a healthy, organic diet including lots of fruits, vegetables, and proteins; and vitamin supplements when needed.
Specific herbs were mentioned as paticularly useful for boosting immunity during flu season.
The article reads:
Other immunity boosters include echinacea and the lesser-known astragalus, often used in traditional Chinese medicine, said Dr. Heather Herington, a naturopathic and homeopathic doctor in Sherman Oaks.
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In fact, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that the right dosage of astragalus can stimulate white blood cells and increase immune response.
“The reality is that this stuff works,” Herington said. “To stay healthy, you need good rest, good food and then have that extra arsenal of anti-viral herbs.”
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