A systematic review has indicated that flu vaccines do not make a difference on the outcome of either getting the flu or prevention, no difference in mortality, and morbidity. But do with just have to wait and do nothing. Some very interesting research is done with regard to Elderberries, where it was found that the use of the berries reduces the length of the flu, and also has a role in the prevention of the flu.
A trial done in Israel had a postitive outcome, in that it made a significant difference in improvement of the symptoms, such as fever, compared to the controll group, plus recovery was faster compared to the control group. Patients taking the elderberry supplemnt improved within 6 days, and cure within 2 to 3 days.
It is a bit late to go elderberry picking now, but one can get hold of the juice, which one can make in a lovely drink by mixing two table spoons with hot water, plus the juice of half a lemon, a cinnamum stick, and some honey. Drink plenty of this throughout, from the moment you are aware of any symptoms. One can also drink this daily, as a preventative, plus some Echinacea tincture. A good quality one, one needs just 20 drops as a preventative.
For any advice, go a see a Medical Herbalist.
Hananja Brice-Ytsma (MNIMH, MSc, DipED, DipTh)
Module Leader, Link Tutor
Archway Clinic of Herbal Medicine
London N19 5LW
Very nice hub. I'm going to try your elderberry juice remedy - natural remedies are far better than your manufactured alternatives.
I am a big natural alternatives buff and am going to try your elderberry juice remedy. Sounds like a good remedy to be taking these days
I use elderberry blossoms and peppermint leaves, tinctured, for reducing fevers. Yarrow also helps to cool the body.
Like how do elderberries affect viruses? That interesting research presumably consisted of a controlled, double-blind trial, in which bias was systematically removed, and the results analysed to ensure they were statistically significant, yes? No?
Surely it wasn't just someone saying "I know, we could sell elderberries if we could say they were useful against various kinds of flu?". No, of course not. That would be thoroughly dishonest, misleading people by telling them what they want to hear when there's no evidence. That would be most unkind, wouldn't it?
No, I'm sure the evidence is published in peer-reviewed journals and was conducted to a high standard. And of course, it showed in detail how elderberries were tested against the evolving strains of H1N1...
On the other hand, perhaps this is just another bunch of Woo nonsense without an ounce of sense in it. But hey, elderberries taste nice, so why not use the excuse of flu outbreaks to make some wine?
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