|Keep the seasonal flu at bay
seasonal flu is an annual
occurrence often disregarded,
especially in comparison with H1N1 and H5N1 threats.
However, influenza viruses, such as those found in seasonal
flu, can also lead to health complications.
Globally, these annual epidemics cause about three to five
million cases of severe illness and claim up to 500,000
lives. Influenza viruses can have severe effects on people
at high risk.
Those at high risk include pregnant women, infants younger
than two, adults over 65 and people with certain medical
When an infected person coughs, infected droplets are
released into the air. These droplets can be inhaled and are
exposed.. Viruses, such as the influenza virus, can also
spread through touch.
To prevent transmissions, it is wise to practise good
These are some suggestions to avoid the flu:
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
2. Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth if the hand has
been contaminated with the virus as these are vulnerable
areas for infection.
3. Clean the hands.
4. Cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
Discard tissues used to cover the nose or mouth immediately
5. Avoid sharing cups, glasses and cutlery with those who
6. Reduce stress factors. Studies have shown that there are
strong links between stress and the immune system.
7. Keep warm and change out of wet clothing quickly as wet
clothes lower immune defences.
8. Prevention via herbal medications or supplements can be
A strong immune system is
important to help the body fend off viral infections.
A study was conducted to investigate the effects of Thujae
(white cedar), Baptisiae (wild indigo) and Echinaceae on
mice infected with Influenza A.
It was shown that oral treatment of the plant extracts
significantly increases the survival rate of the infected
On day 21 of the study, the survival rate of the mice is at
50% -- higher than the 7.1% of the control group.
This experiment demonstrated that the plant extracts are
potent inhibitors of Influenza A virus.
Thujae, Baptisiae and Echinaceae boost the body's own immune
system, an effect beneficial for those with weak immune
systems such as
children and the elderly.
The unique herbal combination is likely to prevent a mild
flu, or at the onset of a flu, helps the body overcome it
In tropical countries such as Malaysia, influenza viruses
circulate throughout the year and peaks during the rainy
season. Take precautionary measures to avoid falling ill.