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Article by Marie Cargill:
TREATING INFLUENZA

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Tis the season, isn’t it? Colds and flus are heading our way and what can be done about it? First, a distinction must be made: is what you will be suffering from influenza or some other nasty microbe and if so, what phase is the disease is?

Usually, influenza is more severe than a cold but the American Journal of Epidemiology published an observation that about one-third of all influenza cases are asymptomatic. This means that people can have a contagious virus, do not know they are capable of spreading it and suffer very little from the microbe. You can carry an active virus but not know it!

The flu virus has the most receptors in the bronchial cells and lung tissue. The cold virus have their most receptors in the adenoids, located in the nasopharynx, behind the nose and at the top of the throat. If the cold viruses drain down the esophagus, they will be destroyed by the stomach acids. If however, they manage to drain down the trachea, there is very little in the lungs that will kill them off. They can settle down in the lungs and bronchii.

If you don’t know what you have been exposed to here are some symptoms and signs to look for:

  Colds Flus
Fever Not common Usually high and lasts 1-4 days
Headache Not common Quite likely in the flu
Loss of appetite Mild but common Very pronounced
Aches and pains Mild Strong to severe
Fatigue Slight Definitely, and can last weeks
Stuffy nose Common Not usually
Sore throat Common Not usually
Cough Mild and usually hacking Common and can be severe with many kinds
Duration Average is one week Can linger up to three weeks
Incubation 8-12 hours 1-4 days after exposure
Contagious phase From 24 hours before onset of symptoms
and up to 5 days
From one day before symptoms
and up to 3-7 days after

The most common indicator of the flu is exhaustion. The next most common indicator is lack of appetite. For this problem, fluids are very important. In a cold the most typical signs are in the sinuses such as runny or stuffy nose and sore throat. It’s hard to not catch a cold or flu since there are over 200 viruses that can cause the common cold and three genuses of viruses that cause influenza. Although there are only three genuses they undergo significant mutations called drifts or shifts. A drift is a frequent mutation occurring 1-2 times a year within a species. Shifts are major mutations occurring over a decade. We can catch a flu many times over because we must have the antibody for each individual mutation in order to be immune to it. Drifts and shifts change the protein antigens on the surface of the virus. The most important antigens are H or hemagglutinin and N or neuraminidase, and viruses are identified by an H and N number.

Influenza viruses cause an immune response in our bronchial and lung tissue. The process creates a capsule made of our red blood cell tissue around a colony of the virus cells ; here they can replicate, protected from attack by our white cells. When the colony is strong enough, it causes a breach in the capsule wall and out pour thousands of viruses. At this stage taking anti-viral medications can help some but they slow down the progression. But the danger of anti-viral substances is they wind up prolonging the illness. The virus isn’t killed; it’s not quite so active. The patient can linger with the problem for up to three weeks. How do we protect ourselves?

The best defense is taking prevention formulas- formulas that support our energy and gently circulate blood and energy.

Jade Windscreen formula is a classic formula for boosting the protective energy making it difficult for pathogens to penetrate in. This formula should be started early in the season.

Five Mushroom formula supports immune function. It can be started close to the flu season.

The next phase is the exposure phase and can last anywhere from a couple of hours up to 4 days depending on the condition of your own protective energy and the nature of the virus. The virus begins to travel from entry points such as eyes, nose and mouth down through the trachea and into the bronchii and lungs. The virus is vulnerable because it hasn’t established its protective coating. If your protective energy is weak and the virus a fast one, it can penetrate very quickly and you may not even know you’ve been exposed. Be alert to the likelihood of exposure and start treatment before the onset of symptoms.

Gan Mao Ling formula is a good anti-viral formula because it a strong neuraminidase inhibitor. (This the N antigen that helps classify individual strains of influenza and is needed in order to replicate)

Yin Chiao Formula is a good choice when the first tickle in the throat is experienced.

It’s important to this stage that you be aggressive with dosing. Take a big dose usually two times the suggested dose on the bottle every 2-3 hours. Or take small doses about 1/3 of the suggested dose on the bottle every 20 minutes. This way you keep up the level of medicine in the system and the virus doesn’t get the chance to congregate. In the case where no symptoms have manifested such as if you are exposed by a family member, take a big dose usually 2 to 3 times the recommended dose before going to bed and right after breakfast. This is a strategy that can be used all week while the family member is contagious.

The third stage is when you are fully engaged with the flu. If you have had flu symptoms, even mild ones for 2 -3 days or more then you are in this phase. Usually the symptoms are exhaustion, loss of appetite, body aches, chills and maybe a fever and/or a cough..

Mulberry and Lycium formula is for a patient who displays may of the most common symptoms and if there is a clear cough and non-productive.

Siler and Platycodon formula opens the chest and releases toxins there and also through the bladder and skin. It treats the fever if it is prominent.

Hopefully, the information helps prevent a life-threatening condition.

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