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The Effects of Cannabis and other Natural Treatments on the Flu Tags: cannabis natural treatments flu alternative medicine

As we head into the winter months one thing that you can be assured of is that fifth additional season: flu season. Every year, between 5% and 20% of the entire population of the United States will catch the flu. Of those, an estimated 200,000 will be hospitalized; most worryingly, between 3000 and 49,000 people will die from complications surrounding the flu.

Flu is an aggressive creature. According to the masters of public health online at the University of Arizona, vaccines are adapted each year to make sure that people are protected against the numerous different strains of flu that appear every year. Vaccination is a powerful and effective tool against flu, but are there additional things that you can do to help discourage the symptoms of the flu virus?

There are countless natural remedies easily available to you to help ease that horrible flu feeling:

1# Cannabis

One of the many health benefits of medical marijuana is its effects on the symptoms of the flu. According to Dr David Allen, marijuana, and particularly Cannabidiol, a compound naturally found in the cannabis plant, may have effects on the immune system that might decreases the negative symptoms caused by the influenza virus.

What many people donít understand is that many of the adverse symptoms felt during an influenza infection are a response by the immune system to the virus. So, the common symptoms such as a runny nose, coughing and sore throat are really signs that the immune system is fighting off the virus. However, when the immune system is overactive, it may have debilitating effects and endocannabinoids have been shown to down regulate the immune system to make sure that the symptoms donít get out of hand.

#2 Ginger Tea

Ginger has numerous restorative qualities for an assortment of ailments but when it comes to flu, ginger helps keep you warm, acts as a decongestant and will go some way to help with the aches and pains that often arise with the flu virus. Simply simmer a pan of water with a piece of ginger for 20-45 minutes. strain into a cup and add a little honey and lemon. Not only is this tea healing, it's pretty tasty too.

#3 Vitamin C

A vitamin C rich diet will help your immune system fight off the flu. Supplements are easily available and taken 3-4 times daily will give you a boost. If you have an appetite then vitamin C rich food is a better option because you'll be receiving additional nutrients. Foods like oranges, guavas and bell peppers all have a high vitamin C content.

#4 Echinacea

This popular herb has been used by native Americans for hundreds of years as a general 'cure all' and with good reason. Extracts of Echinacea seem to have an effect on the body's immune system with research showing an increase in white blood cells amongst users. Echinacea is recommended to be taken at the early stages of flu as this is where it's seen to be most effective.

#5 Oregano Oil

Oregano extract is another remedy that has been used for hundreds of years by healers. It is mainly used for respiratory issues like coughs, sore throats, bronchitis and of course, flu. Oregano oil has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties meaning that it can assist with any number of early symptoms of flu. Oregano oil also settles the stomach and induces sweating which ensures that fevers are brought down.

Vaccines are essential to break the nationwide spread of flu in the United States. However, vaccines may not always work against all strains of flu, so be sure to consult your physician and try out some of our recommended therapies.

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