Influenza is a leading cause of respiratory tract infections inducing both innate and adaptive immune responses. This viral infection often has a quicker onset and more severe symptoms than the common cold, including: sore throat, high fever, headaches, muscle aches, congestion, cough and fatigue which may last up to a few weeks.
While getting the flu, in most cases, is not a major health risk, there are those people who have a lower immune function who may be at higher risk of serious consequences. This includes people 65 years and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women and young children.
The ideal strategy should incorporate optimising immune function. This can be achieved with some basic practices, including staying well hydrated, maintaining adequate sleep and managing stress. On top of this, consideration should be given to key proven immune boosters that have been shown to be effective for the management and prevention of influenza and other viral infections. Herbs such as andrographis, thyme, elecampane as well as the important plant compound, berberine have all been favourably demonstrated in this regard.
In this infographic we take a closer look at these botanicals and how they might manage the symptoms, severity and duration of influenza infections.
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