Yes, I know it is sometimes hard to believe, after suffering such a debilitating flu as many people have suffered in the past few months, that you will ever regain normal health. Of course, after suffering such terrible illness, it seems to take forever to recover. Then to make things worse, often the flu or virus returns with a vengeance and once again you struggle to regain your energy levels and general feeling of well-being.
So, what can be done to hasten your recovery? Firstly, if you are in the first stages of the illness, I suggest taking a very potent combination of herbs which can be taken in the acute phase of the cold or flu such Andrographis, Echinacea, Olive Leaf and Sacred Basil. They are perfect to help fight off upper respiratory infections, sore throats, mucous congestion, fever, coughs plus aches and pains.
Now, once the worst symptoms have subsided, but you still have a lingering cough, your energy levels are still not back to normal and you just feel like you need a boost, it’s time to bring in the ‘big guns’ – Astragalus! Yes, this is another of my favourite herbs. Why? Because I can just about guarantee whenever a customer uses this product, they return delighted and grateful for the results they have experienced. I find most people will experience quite a dramatic improvement in their feeling of wellbeing in a short period of time. This herb is an immune regulator and works extremely well as a post infection recovery tonic. Astragalus can assist in the rebuilding of stamina and endurance and by assisting your immune system you are guarding against repetitive colds and flu symptoms. Basically, Astragalus should hasten your recovery from illness and assist in preventing you suffering further illness, when your immune system may well be weak and leaving you vulnerable.
Other herbs which are often added to an Astragalus formula would be Reishi Mushroom. This is also an immune enhancer as well as containing anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Siberian Ginseng is also often used in conjunction with Astragalus, as this herb is an immune modulator plus assists with energy levels. Shisandra, is another immune enhancer which helps with energy. Licorice, once again is a great herb which is an immune modulator with anti-viral properties.
It is important to note you should not take Astragalus when suffering from a fever.
Astragalus has also been found to be extremely beneficial for recovery from Ross River Fever and Glandular Fever. When diagnosed with these debilitating illnesses, it is often suggested bed rest is the only option. Bed rest is extremely important, however I’ve found many customers have gained amazing benefits from taking Astragalus. In fact, once again we often have customers return to thank us for suggesting Astragalus. Most are so pleased to find their energy levels increased and their feeling of wellbeing had finally returned. Astragalus can also be helpful in recovery from the effects of chemotherapy. Now you know why Astragalus is one of my ‘hero’ herbs.
If you wish to learn more about treatment of colds and flu or any other health issue, call in to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay, phone 44729737 or tune into Bev on 2EC on Wednesdays at 12.30pm on “Go Get Healthy”.