Some of our Naturopath's favourite formulas to get you through the cold and flu season.
Winter is fast approaching and so is cold and flu season. It's all those irritating symptoms of cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing ,head colds and fever. Some of you may even feel like you have a lowered immune system and get colds and flus quite frequently, even out of flu season.
One of my absolute favourite brands to work with as a naturopath is Oriental Botanicals. They combine Chinese and Western herbal medicine into research backed formulations. I have seen fantastic results with my patients, so I thought I would share some of my favourite formulas to get you through the cold and flu season.
Astragalus 8 is a wonderful combination of herbs that help to build immunity. It is a wonderful formula for those people who are always on the go, feeling stressed, tired, run down and frequently get sick. Astragalus is the star herb in this formulation. It has an immune enhancing action, making it beneficial for people who have chronic infections or to prevent infections in depleted individuals.
Astragalus is also an Adaptogen. An adaptogen, as the name suggests, adapts to the body's needs. So if you are feeling stressed, it will help to calm you down. If you are feeling tired, it will help to boost your energy levels. Astragalus can prolong an acute infection, such as a cold or flu, so it should not be used and stopped at the first sign. Once the infection has concluded, it can be resumed again.
Siberian ginseng and Schisandra, also adaptogens are part of the mix; helping with concentration, memory focus and energy. Reishi mushroom is another star of this formula that boosts immune function and has been known to have anti-cancer properties.
Bactevir is fantastic for an acute infection, such as a cold or flu. It can help to lessen the duration and severity of symptoms like; sore throat, runny nose, mild fever, cough, fatigue and disturbed sleep.
It contains Echinacea which is an anti-inflammatory and modulates the immune system. Andrographis is another key herb in this formulation which enhances the immune system. It should however only be used for the short term, no more than 7 days, as it can lead to toxicity.
Viraforce is similar in action to the Bactevir. It does however contain Vitamin C and zinc. This formulation is great for the first sign of cold and flu. It is also good for those who have a cold sore outbreak. Zinc has been known to stop viral replication. If you already have a cold or flu and are getting all those nasty symptoms, Bactevir would be the best choice. The two however should not be taken together.
Seeing as we are talking about immunity, I would like to give a mention to probiotics. One of the most valuable supplements you can take for your immune system. Did you know that 70% of our immune system is found in our gut? Putting good bacteria into our gut is the first step to good gut health and immunity.
For more information on the Oriental botanicals range or ways to boost your immunity throughout winter, have a chat to our naturopath Chantel.
Chantal is available for consults in our Sydney Metro stores, and via zoom to all other Choice Pharmacy stores. Contact your local Choice Pharmacy for more information.