By Alex Strande, Ph.D.
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus. This virus causes high levels of illness that can even result in death in some cases. Most swine influenza virus outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months, although the virus circulates in swine and humans throughout the year.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centers_for_Disease_Control_and_Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) confirmed the first official U.S. death from the swine flu April 27, 2009, and many have become understandably concerned with protecting themselves from this outbreak. The first documented fatality from swine flu in the U.S. involved an infant, visiting from Mexico who died in Texas.
Although the swine flu has recently become a pandemic, this type of flu is nothing new. Sporadic human infections with swine flu have occurred since the virus was first isolated in 1930. However, these cases have mainly happened to those individuals who have direct contact with living pigs such as children near pigs at a fair, or workers in swine factories. There have also been documented cases of people spreading the swine flu to others, thus resulting in school closings throughout the country, and widespread panic.
Contrary to what one might surmise, you cannot catch the swine flu from eating pork, as long as it is handled safely and cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit; however, influenza viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs.
The symptoms of the swine flu are similar to those of seasonal influenza, and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people also have a runny nose, and experience nausea with vomiting, and diarrhea.
There are four different antiviral drugs being used currently in the U.S. to treat swine flu - some of which are useless, just like many of the other antiviral drugs being used today for various purposes. Additionally, recent strains of H1N1, or the swine influenza virus, have become even more resistant to whatever ' Mickey Mouse' poisonous drugs are being used for influenzas.
In reality, swine influenza doesn't differ that much from any other influenza. All influenzas kill thousands of people in the U.S. every year, so it is not a new thing. Typically, the people who should worry are the elderly, children, and anybody that is immunologically compromised.
Using liquid herbal extracts is the best and fastest way not only to get rid of but also to prevent swine flu and any other flu. The botanical agents I use are immune stimulating, immune modulating, antiviral, and anti-infective in action. The concentrated Australian extracts I use are virtually magic. I have had many cases where a spirit of a flu with an associated secondary bacterial infection was broken within hours. Mind you the antibiotics people use for secondary bacterial infections take at least seven days to work.
Why would you take a questionable agent when you can take natural beautiful flowers from the purest place on earth - Australia? Examples of herbs used for acute infections such as influenza are: Echinainacea, Picrorrhiza, Astragalus, Baptisia, Elder, Yarrow, White Horehound, Pleurisy Root, Thymus, Elecampane, Euphrasia, Elder Flower, and many others.
This does not mean that you use all of the herbs at the same time. Like anything else in naturopathic medicine, every case of the flu is handled in a personalized manner. So, two people with the same flu very often may have varied differences in their treatment regimen, and therefore receive a different mix of herbs in the bottle.
The additional advantage of using botanical medicine is that you actually strengthen and repair your immune system, so your bodily responses to future infections of any sort will be much more effective. Although herbal treatments may be targeted at a specific condition, there are often other benefits that typically happen as a result of using herbal medication, including improved energy, improved mood and oftentimes an improved complexion.
Alex Strande, Ph.D is a Traditional Naturopath and Microbiologist. His special interests are difficult conditions. He can be reached at his office in Santa Monica at (310) 907-4424 for questions and appointments. Find more information about Dr. Strande's background, articles published, and many testimonials at www.simplyhealingclinic.com.
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