All cold viruses are different strains of a group called the corona virus.
Herbal medicine can really help us get over these viruses when little else can. However every person is different and if complications arise and you really need medical help for complications!
When viral infections take hold, early intervention with herbal medicine is highly effective to reduce serious symptoms and complications.
At Bodywise we treat many people with a variety of viruses and the complications that can arise. Here are our top suggestions:
- Bodywise’s famous “Viral Ease” medicine – uses herbs that are well researched and have anti-viral and anti-bacterial actions. Black Elderberry is a key herb in our Viral Ease along with many other powerful herbs to treat upper respiratory symptoms associated with corona and influenza viral conditions.
- Lozengers with Elderberry, zinc and echinacea ease throat pain. We love Sambucus from Nature’s Way.
- Sinus and lung congestion – “Allergy or Immunity Tea”& “Destuff” to reduce mucous during the cold and to reduce secretions produced as a reaction to a virus.
- Probiotics to promote immunity and always after antibiotics or tummy bugs to restore gut flora
- Aromatic herbal sanitisers – great to carry around to spray areas in need of cleaning and to spray into the air in contained spaces. Check out our herbal fresh air spritzer
- Herbs for Post-Viral Fatigue
Herbal medicine is suitable and safe for children and pregnant mums with direction from a herbalist
- Zinc lozengers 4-8 per day or tablets up to 80mg day short term.
- Echinacea tincture—5mls in water 4- 6 hourly. the root is the most potent part.
- ACE tablets – 2 tabs twice – six times daily or
- System Well- 3 tabs 2-3 x daily for 3 days then 2 tabs daily for a week
Regularly make up the following tea;
- Once cooled a little add: lemon juice, crushed clove of garlic, grated ginger, pinch of cayenne (optional)
- ½ teaspoon manuka honey
Make fresh each day and drink throughout the day hot or cold for all the family diluted to taste or drink as a concentrate.
Note: don’t use sage if you are breast-feeding)
Fevers : are anti-inflammatory medications good for babies & children?
A fever is the bodies amazing response to an infection commonly from a virus or bacteria. The heat stimulates metabolic processes that increase the protective nature of our immune system. A strong temperature, up to 39 – 40 degrees is most often going to mean that the immune system is healthy and strong and while a sometimes uncomfortable it is usually mean the person will bounce back very quickly.
While it is tempting to use pain killers and anti- inflammatories, recent research has shown that not only can these drugs reduce the efficiency of the immune system but it can have other major side effects, especially in children.
At Bodywise we are really concerned because these medications can be very harmful to babies & children and research is there to prove it. The following is the conclusion from research performed at: 1Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & the Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Australia and 2Australian Paediatric Pharmacology Research Unit (APPRU), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & the Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Australia
Adverse drug reactions to nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs, COX-2 inhibitors and paracetamol in paediatric hospital Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2005 June; 59(6): 718–723
“ NSAID exposures are a significant cause of morbidity in children. Both nonselective NSAIDs and the newer COX-2 inhibitors were associated with significant drug reactions. The reactions reported to COX-2 selective inhibitors have not been well documented in paediatrics. A substantial proportion of ADRs reported were preventable, illustrating the difficulty in ensuring appropriate use of drugs readily available over the counter and the care that needs to be taken with paediatric drug selection. The overall severity of these ADRs highlights the need for ongoing, prospective ADR surveillance in paediatrics, including both established and newer agents ” (ADR = adverse reactions. NSAIDs = anti-inflammatory meds)