Listen to any news outlet and you will know that Australians are in the grip of the worst flu season on record. Couple this with the regular array of circulating Winter viruses and it is time to prepare ourselves with the knowledge and steps to take in the face of a viral attack.
First Line of Defence – Act Fast with our Immune “Top Guns”
Our first step in our plan of attack is to stimulate and support our immune system (which is working overtime), with key herbs and nutrients to help fight off the invaders.
This is our “Number 1” immune herb and we get amazing results with it.
Andrographis or “Andro” as we call it, is an Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) herb which has a long history of use for bacterial and viral infections. It is useful for both treating and preventing viral illnesses by supporting immune resistance. In clinical trials, 6 g of Andrographis daily during colds has been found to be as effective as standard pharmaceutical antipyretic treatment for relieving sore throat and fever.5
Further, when compared to placebo, Andrographis significantly reduces the overall symptoms and length of respiratory tract infections.
Echinacea is the most commonly known immune stimulant and modulator. If given in-high dose for common cold and influenza-like syndromes, trials have shown it will lead to containment of that infection with shortened recovery period.
In a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial, 180 patients with upper respiratory tract infections received the equivalent of 1800mg per day or 900mg per day of E.purpurea root as a tincture or placebo. Patients receiving the high dose experienced significant relief of symptoms. Patients receiving the lower dose were not significantly different from the control.
Olea, more commonly known as olive leaf has demonstrated broad antimicrobial activity which supports the traditional use of olive leaf for respiratory symptoms of coughs, colds, flu and sore throat. The active antimicrobial part of the herb readily enters the infected cell where it appears to interfere with the virus production and inhibits the replication of the virus³.
Vitamin C and Zinc
These two nutrients are the two most effective nutritional building blocks to fortify immunity.
They are rapidly utilised 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 to not only support healthy immunity but to reduce respiratory infections and promote healing and recovery.
Vitamin D is a potent regulator of immune responses against infectious diseases. Low Vitamin D levels are associated with increased risk of viruses. With a third of Geelong’s population being deficient in Vitamin D, it is wise to get your Vitamin D levels checked and supplement if needed.
The second step to Recovering fast from Viral attack is incorporating good Lifestyle choices
Winter viruses, including the flu, are generally highly contagious respiratory illnesses and medical experts everywhere are pleading with those people with flu symptoms to take extra care to avoid spreading their infection.
- If you have succumbed to a Winter virus, take some time off from work to fully recover. This not only gives you the best chance of resolving the illness but also helps prevent the spread of the virus.
By taking some time out of your regular routine to rest and recover, you are allowing all your energy to be directed to your immune system which fights off the virus.
- Winter viruses are spread quickly and easily through coughing and sneezing. It is standard practice now to cough into your arm and or cover coughs and sneezes with tissues which can easily be disposed of hygienically.
- One the easiest steps you can take to prevent the spread of Winter viruses is to wash your hands regularly. The simple act of rubbing you nose, eyes or face and then touching the computer, pens or phone is a quick way to spread the virus.
Bring on The Terminator!
The Mammoth Health Naturopathic team have thoroughly researched and are now well known for their “Terminator” Herbal Mix for acute viral attack.
This specially designed formula includes the above herbs at a dosage that has been formulated specifically for acute conditions. We have had amazing results as it effectively and efficiently stimulates the immune system to fight the invading virus.
It is available from the Naturopaths at Mammoth Health and includes Practitioner-only liquid herbs (tinctures) so you are getting the highest quality and most powerful supplement to support your recovery effectively and efficiently from Viral Attack!
With our “Terminator” Herbal Mix and a good quality Vitamin C and Zinc formula, you will be back on your feet in no time – and also reducing the risk of sliding into a post-viral malaise where the symptoms seem to hang around and don’t completely resolve, and you suffer needlessly for longer!
The difference in treating acute symptoms with immune prevention and post viral support comes down to not only the herbs we use but the dosage.
In the acute stage of an illness we will dose at an acute level (i.e. higher dose several times a day), then drop back to a maintenance dose (lower dose, once or twice per day) for prevention and post viral support.
If you are under “Virus-Attack” pop in-store and speak to one of the Mammoth team to find out the best solution for you.
Get the Best Advice from Qualified Practitioners
Or, if you need some Practitioner help to overcome Winter illness, now is the time to book a professional consultation with the Mammoth Health Naturopaths. By working on your individual health needs, our Practitioner team experience great success in addressing underlying causes and achieving optimal health and vitality for our patients.
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