Colds, flus, viruses and what natural medicine will help

With winter just around the corner, we can expect to see an increase in patients presenting with seasonal colds and ‘flu. Fortunately for our patients, there are many effective natural remedies we can offer to help them get through this cold and ‘flu season in good health.

Colds and the flu are caused by viruses. Viruses are essentially strands of genetic material enclosed in a protein coat that penetrate, and literally hijack, susceptible living cells within 10 to 15 minutes of exposure. By exploiting cellular machinery, viruses such as rhinovirus, coronovirus and influenza rapidly replicate and multiply, and then depart the cell to infect surrounding cells. Symptoms do not occur until the infection reaches a critical threshold; however, it is the inflammatory immune response to viral invasion, as well as the virus itself, that causes the familiar symptoms of sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, cough and fatigue of colds and ‘flu.

Even our healthiest patients may experience occasional viral infections, as viral strains are constantly mutating and easily evade immune memory and recognition. Viral infection is responsible for 90% of all acute bronchitis infections,7 resulting in an acute, wet cough and often leaving patients with a lingering dry, post-viral cough. Vitamin C and zinc are rapidly utilized in the immune response to infection, making supplementation essential to support recovery and strengthen resistance to further infection. These essential immune nutrients are involved in virtually every step of the immune response, including T-cell proliferation, natural killer cell activity, and neutrophil viability.8 Zinc with Vitamin C Powder combined with essential nutrients such as beta-carotene, magnesium and vitamin B6 help support healthy immunity, reduce respiratory infections and promote healing and recovery. These formulas can be combined with dietary and lifestyle recommendations to help your patients get through this winter without recurrent infections.

To learn more about upper respiratory tract infections and respiratory virus and to discover more detailed protocols for the treatment of this condition, please contact our professional Naturopathic Practitioner at:

A Natural Self,

A Naturopathy Clinic

Dana Kington

Naturopath

244 South Tce

South Fremantle, 6162

Perth

At this natural clinic, you will find all the latest technology, such as Toxicity and Heavy Metal Testing, Live Blood Analysis (Hemaview), and Iridology. We also treat with all forms of Natural Medicine with the nutritional supplementation of Homeopathy, Western Herbs, Chinese medicine, Vitamins, Minerals, Amino acids and Enzyme Therapy.

References

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6 Caceres DD eta al. Use of visual analogue scale measurements to assess the effectiveness of standardised Andrographis paniculata extract SHA-10 in reducing the symptoms of common cold. A randomised double blind-placebo study. Phytomedicine.1999 6(4):217-23

7 Chung KF, Pavord ID. Prevalence, pathogenesis and causes of chronic cough. Lancet 2008;371(9621):1364-74

8 Rink L, Gabriel P. Zinc and the immune system. Proc Nutr Soc 2000;59(4):541-52. Review.