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Chinese Herbal Medicine Shows Potential Against The Flu Virus

According to a recent study published in Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, the influenza A virus, or flu virus, remains a leading cause of seasonal illness worldwide due to the limited number of available drug therapies to treat it. However, researchers have identified a potential treatment for the flu virus in Compound Yi-Zhi-Hao (CYZH), a traditional Chinese herbal pellet. CYZH comprises three dried raw materials: Ban lan gen, Yi zhi hao, and Da qing ye.

The study found that CYZH possesses anti-influenza properties and virus and protein inhibitors. Furthermore, it was discovered that CYZH protects cells from oxidative damage. This herbal pellet is well-known in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been included in the Complication of National Standard for Traditional Chinese Medicine as a treatment for the common cold.

Benefits of Alternative Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine has been used to treat various types of diseases. Recently, the Western world has begun to scientifically determine the effectiveness of these medicines, realizing that natural herbal remedies can make a significant contribution in a world dominated by large pharmaceutical companies and profit-driven medicine markets. The discovery of alternative medicines, such as traditional Chinese medicines, offers a way towards a more natural concoction of medicines that can effectively combat diseases.

Herbal Remedies For the Flu

Aside from CYZH, other natural remedies can be used to treat the flu:

  • Oregano: This herb can be used as an expectorant to treat hacking coughs associated with the flu and other respiratory conditions. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties.

  • Cinnamon: This aromatic herb has antifungal and analgesic properties and is used to treat bronchitis, dilate blood vessels, lower blood sugar levels, and increase insulin sensitivity.

  • Ginger: This root is a muscle relaxant and antispasmodic and helps stop coughing spasms. Drinking ginger tea can alleviate respiratory problems.

  • Garlic: Besides being beneficial for the heart, garlic has antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties. Eating garlic can stimulate the immune system.

  • Nutmeg: This spice contains tryptophan, which helps induce sleep during serious bouts of influenza.

  • Rosemary: This herb contains antiviral and antibacterial properties and treats colds. It can be eaten raw or brewed.

  • Thyme: This aromatic herb provides an antimicrobial remedy for coughs and other sicknesses.

  • Wild rose: This plant has a high vitamin C content and can help treat symptoms of the common cold, flu, and other illnesses when brewed.

  • Elecampane: Also known as Inula helenium, this herb has antimicrobial properties that can soothe irritation and relieve coughing.

Incorporating these natural remedies into your routine can help boost your immune system and alleviate flu symptoms. However, it's important to consult a healthcare professional before using herbal remedies to ensure they don't interfere with pre-existing medical conditions or medications.

In conclusion, the discovery of the anti-influenza properties of the Compound Yi-Zhi-Hao offers a promising alternative to traditional drug therapies for the flu virus. As the world continues to navigate a healthcare landscape dominated by large pharmaceutical companies and profit-driven medicine markets, natural herbal remedies are becoming more relevant and valuable in treating diseases.

It's important to explore all options and seek natural remedies in addition to traditional drug therapies, particularly when treating viruses like the flu. By taking a holistic approach to healthcare, we can continue to develop new and innovative treatment methods and reduce our dependence on synthetic drug therapies.

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