Natural Treatment for Influenza
Influenza is a viral infection and affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs. The infection usually lasts for about a week. It is characterized by sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, headache and non-productive cough with sore throat. The virus is easily transmitted from person to person via droplets and when infected people cough or sneeze. In seasonal epidemics, influenza tends to spread very rapidly. Viruses including adenoviruses, enteroviruses and paramyxoviruses may initially cause influenza-like illness. The infection is often confused with common cold, but the symptoms of flu are more severe than the typical sneezing and cold. All people are in high-risk groups and could transmit the virus easily by social contacts.
Symptoms of influenza usually begin about two days after exposure to the virus. These may include sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, dizziness, loss of appetite, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, weakness and ear pain. Small children also may seem fussy and all of a sudden due to influenza. The duration of influenza is five days. Fever and other symptoms usually disappear, but a cough and weakness may continue. In most patients, all symptoms usually go away within a week or two.
Influenza is a contagious disease and it spreads by virus-infected droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air. The flu usually occurs in small outbreaks, but in epidemics, the illness spreads rapidly and affects many people in an area at the same time. It is important to treat the flu seriously because it can lead to pneumonia and other serious life-threatening complications, particularly in infants and senior citizens.
The most common treatment of influenza is the intake of anti-viral medicines. These medicines help to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms caused by infection. It may shorten the length of the illness and controls outbreak of the flu in the region. People at high risk of complications are advised to contact a doctor within 48 hours of their first symptoms of influenza. Initial treatment may consist of complete bed rest and drinking of extra fluids. Medicines like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can relieve headache and muscular pains. The common side-effects of most drugs are insomnia, nausea and dizziness.
According to Ayurveda, the only natural way to prevent colds, flu and fight-off infection is to have a strong immune system. Curing diseases with allopathic drugs often results in a recurrence of the same problem later. Herbal treatment is the best way to treat influenza. The natural herbs help to strengthen the body’s immune system and controls the symptoms related to influenza.
In Ayurveda, influenza is known as ‘vata shleshmika wara’. It is commonly known as flu and it is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract and more severe than common cough and cold. If influenza is not properly treated; it can lead to bronchitis, asthma and other various upper respiratory system diseases.
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