Eat Very Lightly or Not at All – With most illnesses, the appetite is diminished, this is a natural response of the body. Energy is needed to fight off the “bug” and the body doesn’t have the energy to process food. Give your digestive tract a rest!
- Focus on simple foods like fruits and steamed or raw vegetables. Add powerful immune boosters in your diet as much as possible: Garlic, Onions, Tumeric, and Ginger.
Get Rest as Soon as Possible – Many people ignore the early warning signs of illness and keep on working until they “drop.” You will take longer to heal if you allow the illness to get a foothold. If you feel a sore throat, headache, congestion, etc., coming on, take it easy. If possible, take a day off from work. This may prevent you from having to take three days later on.
Drink Plenty of Fluids – This standard advice is good advice. You can clear the toxins from a “bug” out of your system with large amounts of filtered water and herbal teas.
Take Immunity-Boosting Supplements and Homeopathics:
Vitamin C: Take 500 mg every 3-4 hours with a small amount of food. Cut back on dosage if stools become loose.
Vitamin A: Take 10,000 IU three times daily. (Women who are pregnant should not take high doses of Vitamin A as it can have adverse affects on the fetus.)
Zinc: Take 30-50 mg once daily with a small amount of food. This can be continued for 1-2 weeks without depleting copper stores in the body.
Oscillococcinum: Take 6 pellets of this homeoplathic remedy every 6 hours at the first onset of flu or cold symptoms. Take away from food.
Take Immunity-Enhancing Herbs* – These herbs can be taken as teas (3-5 cups/day), tinctures (30 drops 4 times a day), or in freeze-dried capsules (2 capsules 4 times a day).
Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower) Hydrastis (Goldenseal) Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Trifolium (Red Clover) Ligusticum (Osha) *These are adult dosages. Consult your physician regarding dosages for infants and children.
Give Yourself a Home Hydrotherapy Treatment (A Hot Foot Bath) – Soak feet in hot water while wrapped in a warm wool blanket. Put a cold cloth on your head and relax while you sit in a comfortable position for 10-15 minutes. Take care to avoid getting chilled after this treatment. Or…
Throat or Chest Compress – Warm the throat or chest with a warm washcloth or hot shower. Dry the skin thoroughly and apply a thin cotton wrap (to throat) or a thin cotton T-shirt (to chest) that has been soaked in cold water and wrung out so that it is not dripping wet. Cover this with a wool scarf (throat) or a wool sweater (chest). Go to bed this way. By morning the scarf or T-shirt will be dry. This treatment increases circulation and increases white blood cell activity.
Boyle, Wade & Saine, Andre, Lectures in Naturopathic Hydrotherapy, (East Palestine, OH: Buckeye Naturopathic Press, 1988).
Murray, Michael & Pizzorno, Joseph, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, (Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1998) pp. 145-161.