Swine Flu: The First Step Is Prevention

Words: Team THINKWELLNESS360

For the deadly swine flu, there is just one answer — an ounce of prevention is tantamount to a pound of ‘cure.’

Also, remember — the simplest of preventative measures and medicines are, sometimes, the best of cures…

You’d take the homoeopathic Influenzinum. Oscillococcinum is another useful remedy. Dosage: as advised by your homeopathic physician.

As far as Ayurveda and natural herbs are concerned, you may include the following in your preventative and curative medicine ‘kit:’ neem [Indian lilac], ginger, elderberry, cinnamon, and pepper; also, triphala, and echinacea.

Things To Do

  • Sanitise — Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. It is estimated that 80-85 per cent of all infections are spread by hands. If you can’t wash your hands regularly with soap, use hand-sanitisers, or lotions
  • Avoid — Don’t shake hands. Resort to Namaste.
  • Be alert — Swine flu symptoms are similar to regular flu: fever, body aches, sore throat, cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhoea, and tiredness. When in doubt, seek professional medical attention. Remember: act quickly. Swine flu is treatable and absolutely survivable.

Additional Notes

  • Wash your hands — 4-5 times a day. Use a good anti-bacterial soap to cleanse your hands. Wash for at least 15-20 seconds; rinse with running water
  • Get enough sleep. Try to get at least eight hours of good sleep every night — this will keep your immune system in top flu-fighting condition
  • Drink adequate water. Drink 10-12 glasses of water, each day, to flush toxins from your system; maintain good moisture and mucous secretion in your sinuses
  • Boost your immune system. Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready-to-fight infection is important in flu prevention. Stick to whole grains, colourful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits. Take a vitamin C supplement [500-1,000 mg] — daily.
  • Keep informed. Keep yourself updated on information and act calmly. Don’t panic
  • Alcohol/nicotine
  • Be physically active. Moderate exercise boosts your immune system by increasing circulation and also oxygenation in the body. For example, a brisk walk for 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week, will perk up your immunity like no other activity.
  • Keep away from sick people. Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air, through a cough, or sneeze, reach someone else’s nose. Well, if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them; avoid physical contact. Wear a mask.
  • Know when to get help. Consult your physician/therapist, if you have cough and fever; follow their instructions; take medicines as prescribed.
  • Avoid crowded areas. Avoid unnecessary trips outside; also, crowded places.

 

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