Natural remedies to prevent and treat the flu
Dr. Patrick Callas, ND
Prevention of the flu is the best treatment. Learn some of the best evidence-based natural remedies to prevent and treat the flu, as well as remedies that help improve the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.
Your body is a castle, and strengthening its outer walls is the best way to prevent the flu. Many natural remedies can boost your immune system to help protect it against any invader, including the flu virus. These remedies may also be used safely and effectively in conjunction with the flu vaccine.
In the Cochrane Review’s 2014 meta-analysis of the influenza vaccine in healthy adults, the authors find this vaccine’s ability to prevent the flu in “healthy adults is small.” On average, at least 71 people would need to be vaccinated to avoid one case of the flu. The Cochrane Review is a conservative group of researchers that look at all the best available evidence on a topic.
If you’re elderly or immunocompromised, the benefit of this vaccine in reducing your risk of contracting the flu is higher.
If you choose to get the flu vaccine, consider using the remedies below to enhance your body’s response to it.
Prevention is the best approach; it’s better to stop the invaders outside the castle rather than once they’ve stormed the walls. To boost your outer defences try the following.
Once you’re sick with the flu, then we change strategies.
If these don’t help to strengthen your castle’s defences or fight off the viral invaders, call your health care practitioner to prescribe personalized remedies to best support you.