The symptoms being reported are headache, sore throat, muscle ache, chest pain and coughing, runny nose, nausea, dizzy spells, general malaise, loss of voice and a persistent post-viral, dry cough. Also the spate of whooping cough cases that we are seeing and are being reported is concerning.
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, 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 the healthiest among us may experience occasional viral infections, as viral strains are constantly mutating and easily evade immune memory and recognition.
The Mammoth Health Solution To Viral Attack
The trick to reducing the severity and longevity of any viral attack is to firstly stop the minute you start experiencing those acute symptoms. This is probably the hardest thing to do in our “24/7”culture.
Then we need to stimulate and support our immune system, which is working overtime, with key herbs and nutrients to help fight off the invaders.
Our Top-Pick Immune Boosters
Andrographis paniculata: this is my number one immune herb and I personally get amazing results with it. Andrographis 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.6
Echinacea angustifolia/purpurea: this 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.²
Olea europa: or 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 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.
The Good News For You
The Mammoth Health Naturopathic team have thoroughly researched and came up with a “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.
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 without 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!
“Because it’s Not a Rehearsal”