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Keep the seasonal flu at bay

THE 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 conditions.

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 hygiene.

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 after use.
5. Avoid sharing cups, glasses and cutlery with those who are sick.
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 considered.

A strong immune system is important to help the body fend off viral infections.

Influenza A virus

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 mice.

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 quickly.

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.

     
     

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