Natural remedy against Cold and Flu
The classic symptoms of cooling illnesses in 90% of cases, have a viral etiology and come to affect a large part of the population with an average of about 2-4 colds a year. Cooling diseases generally occur with symptoms such as nasal sensation, nasal discharge, frequent sneezing, tearing, sore throat, coughing, difficulty in breathing, feeling of soreness, headaches and sometimes a slight increase in body temperature.
The therapy is generally of a symptomatic type based on: anti-inflammatories, decongestants, mucolytics, sedatives and antibiotics; the latter, however, are often inappropriate and ineffective because the viral nature of these diseases is known.
Aware of the side effects of synthetic drugs, we have already seen some natural remedies to fight colds and sinusitis in our blog "How to fight colds with natural remedies" that are able to provide protection from winter sickness, improving recovery capacity and enhancing the natural immune defenses.
Now let's see what plants and what natural remedies can face the viral etiology.
Which plants can contain "natural antivirals"?
Pelargonium sidoides. The roots of Pelargonium Sidoides (or African Geranium), a plant belonging to the Geraniacee family, are used in South African folk medicine to fight coughs; in the late 90s the use of African Geranium roots was introduced in Germany to reduce the symptoms of airway diseases (bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis). The main chemical constituents are coumarins (umckaline is a coumarin typical of root Pelargonium) and tannins.
The pharmacological basis on the use of Pelargonium in airway diseases is based on the so-called "triple effect" of the drug. In fact, pelargonium has antimicrobial, immunostimulant and inhibiting bacterial and viral adhesion. The immunostimulant activity is due to the formation or release of cytotoxic molecules such as nitric oxide, interferon and TNF (a protein belonging to the cytokine family, involved in the stimulation of the inflammatory response). Immunostimulant activities are the result of a combined action between the various active ingredients of the drug, rather than a single component.
For the EMEA (European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products), information regarding therapeutic indications of preparations from Pelargonium roots is available from clinical studies and manufacturers. EMEA also states that the effectiveness of the Pelargonium extract has been tested in patients with acute bronchitis, acute sinusitis, common cold, tonsil pharyngitis, and rhinopharyngitis. The results suggest the internal use of the Pelargonium extract in cases of acute upper respiratory tract infections, colds and the symptomatic treatment of acute bronchitis not requiring antibiotic therapy.
Which plant to approach Pelargonium to enhance its effect?
Elderberry, flowers and fruits, which Dr. Jean Valnet called "the best anti-inflammatory". Sambucus nigra, from the family of the Honeysuckle, is a shrub or small tree that grows up to the mountain area of Italy in the ruins, along the hedges and ditches and in sparse woods.
Elderberry has diaphoretic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and bronchial secretion properties, and is recommended by the German E-Commission for the treatment of colds.
About Elderberry has been found traces since the Stone Age and was already used by Hippocrates and Dioscorides. Dr. Valnet distinguished the properties of the Elderberry according to the part to be used: the berries (fruits), with a sudoriferous, anti-rheumatic and antineural action; the flowers, with a sudoriferous, diuretic, purifying and galactogenic action, which indicated for colds, bronchitis and asthma, rheumatism, ocular affections, renal affections, cystitis.
Where can you find Pelargonium and Elderberry together to have the synergistic effect?
In Influcure, a nutritional supplement based on the extract of Elderberry flowers and berries and Pelargonium UMK025 ™. The first natural antiviral. It is recommended to take it at the first flu symptoms and in case of a cold. Elderberry is useful for the functionality of the upper respiratory tract and the regularity of the sweating process (as mentioned before, it is diaphoretic).
Let's see in detail the two extracts:
Pelargonium UMK025 ™ is an exclusive extract obtained from the roots of Pelargonium Sidoides (from South Africa) with unique characteristics: • Extractive process in Italy in the hills of the Florentine Chianti, • Extracting solvent Ethanol 12%, • Titrated and standardized 20% polyphenols and 0.025 % umkaline, • 60 mg / day Reference Drug Dose.
The importance of standardization in polyphenols and umkalin in the Pelargonium: Pelargonium UMK025 is the first and only extract on the market with a certain content in polyphenols and especially in Umkalina (peak 37.017).
At Pelargonium and especially the active substance Umkalina are recognized: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, expectorant proerties.
Extract, Flowers and Fruits Sambuco is an exclusive extract made through a UNIQUE production process that uses both the flowers and the fruits of the Sambuco: on the market there are only elderberry extracts titrated and standardized in anthocyanosides deriving exclusively from the fruits! It is the first extract from flowers and fruits standardized and titrated in the following active ingredients: Total flavonoids such as Isoquercitroside (from flowers), with anti-exudative activity; 2. Total anthocyanosides (from fruits), with antiviral activity, and here is the study that confirms it: Interfering With Lipid Raft Association: A Mechanism to Control Influenza Virus Infection By Sambucus Nigra.
Dr. Laura Comollo
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