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Acubalance recommended some natural preventions against the swine flu. See below…

“…A few years ago when the SARS pandemic virus infection broke out across the world, hospitals in China developed some preventative herbal formulas for their hospital staff. According to the University of Hong Kong, School of Chinese Medicine, none of the staff at their clinics who had been taking these herbal teas for more than a month became infected. Many of the herbs in the formulas have broad anti-viral properties and, as well, immune enhancing abilities to protect the individual. (see updated post on hebs and prevention)

Below we have suggested some Chinese herbs that can be used in a formula as preventative measures for any form of flu.

Flu Prevention formula for general use: If you are already seeing a practitioner of Chinese Medicine they may
modify the formula, or give you a different one, according to
your individual constitution (the true strength of Chinese Medicine!).

Huang Qi (Astragalus) 10-15g
Isatis root (banlangen) 12 g
Lonicera (jinyinhua) 15 g
Forsythia (lianqiao) 15 g
Coix (yiyiren) 15 g
Pseudostellaria (taizishen) 15 g
Atractylodes (baizhu) 15 g
Licorice (gancao) 9 g

For those with a weaker constitution and/ or digestion complaints add the following two ingredients:
Pogostemon, Hou Xiong 15 g
Eupatorium, Pei Lan 9

For a preventative dietary method try:

Dice one 6 inch piece of white radish (Daikon) diced in small bits.
Chop up a small bunch of scallions (including roots).
Add to a pot with 4-5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 20 minutes to make a soup and drink a half cup of it. (You can eat the radish and scallions as well!)
This preparation is enough for 5 people for a day. You can also store it in the fridge and warm when needed.”
source: http://www.acubalance.ca/immune-boosting-and-antiviral-chinese-herbs-flu-prevention


15 Responses to “Antiviral Chinese herbs for flu prevention”

  1. nemo
    May 13th, 2009 at 23:23 | #1


  2. June 3rd, 2009 at 21:31 | #2


  3. June 26th, 2009 at 15:06 | #3

    I’ve never heard about natural remedies for swine flu.. That’s a really interesting idea. I wonder if any research has been done on this?

    Of course, we should hope that swine flu doesn’t become common enough to necessitate widespread, multi-factor testing of cures, but if it does.. Maybe more attention should be paid to Chinese medicine..

    At least for now, though.. probably taking regular safety precautions might be a good idea..

  4. July 13th, 2009 at 14:09 | #4

    Great idea, but will this work over the long run?

  5. July 14th, 2009 at 08:06 | #5

    Sometimes it’s really that simple, isn’t it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

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