Posted by: OCI | February 3, 2009

Beat the Flu

In addition to medical missionary training courses and a farm, Uchee Pines Institute in Alabama has a lifestyle center, where people can go for help with a variety of illnesses and health problems. But if you just have the flu, you don’t have to travel all the way to Alabama. In their recent newsletter, Uchee Pines outlined some steps to take for recovery that anyone can do at home:

fluThe flu brings with it many complications to different areas of the body.

Activated charcoal powder, which reduces inflammation and absorbs viruses, can be made into a thick paste and held in the mouth to trickle down the throat to soothe and heal a sore throat.

Natural antimicrobials such as golden seal, echinacea, grapefruit seed extract, and garlic can be taken to help fight infection.

An earache can be treated by simply holding a melting ice cube over the ear and letting the ice water drip into the ear canal until the canal is filled with cold water. Then turn on the side to drain the water out. Dry with a tissue over the little finger. Pain relief will often be dramatic, and the patient may go to sleep and wake up free from the earache.

Chest congestion sometimes associated with the flu can be treated with fomentations over the chest, or hot foot baths.

These treatments should be carried on for half an hour, followed by half an hour of bed rest. Prevent chilling and fatigue but remember to have a good supply of fresh air in the room.

Back rubs and full body massage may be used for muscle aches and pains during influenza. Several healing properties are brought by the massage – a favorable change of the cellular pH, a relaxation of tight or painful muscles, a quickening of the circulation of both blood and lymph, and an elimination of wastes.

All virus infections leave the body temporarily weakened and more susceptible to other diseases. Therefore, begin the treatments early, fighting the infection vigorously to try to keep from being overcome by the virus. Even if you do come down with the flu, diligent treatment is still in order, not only to avoid complications, but also to shorten the course of the illness.

If you use any of these remedies, let us know how they work for you.

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