Herbal Immune Boosters
Echinacea Or Purple Coneflower: Most popular herbal antibiotic, reduces the severity and duration of cold and flus, and stimulates the immune system. Usual dose of the tincture (herb preserved in alcohol) is 40 drops 4 to 6 times a day.
Garlic Raw Or In Odourless Capsules: Fights viral, bacterial and yeast infections. Take two to four capsules with each meal. Garlic and Mullein oil ear drops are very helpful for earaches.
Propolis: Known as the Russian penicillin, it is collected by bees to protect the hives from infection. It fights infection and boosts the immune system.
Vitamin-C: As soon as cold starts, take vitamin-C in doses of 500 to 1,000mg every hour until stool loosens. Stay at that high dose until your cold is over. Gradually reduce down to 500mg a day. If pregnant stick to daily doses of no more than 500 to 2,000mg a day.
Vitamin-A: In the 1920's and 30's, it was called the anti-infection vitamin. It cuts down the recurrent infection rate. Usual doses are 20,000IU up to 100,000IU a day during infections only.
Zinc: 30 to 50mg per day is an immune booster. Zinc lozenges sucked throughout day reduce the duration of sore throats.
Slippery Elm Lozenges: Slippery elm is a soothing herb that coats inflamed mucous membranes, and provides immediate relief for the pain of sore throats.
Dietary Measures: Go off food for a day or two, and stick to clear broths or miso soup. Fruit juices bring on more mucous.
Cautions: All doses are for non-pregnant adults. Children may take all these remedies, but at reduced dosages. If your symptoms worsen or persist, see your family doctor.
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