Traditional Asian Medicine  tells us HOW TO BEAT THE FLU!
          by anita sands hernandez
flu virus
Modern medicine has the virus clocked and can do
everything but stop him. HOLISTIC medicine knows
how to MAKE LIFE IMPOSSIBLE for the l'il wretch!

1.) Speed up the body’s flushing of toxins.
There’s many ways to do this. One is lemon/water, another is sweat lodges, but your bath tub will work. Take hot Epsom Salt baths as it makes you sweat like a linebacker. Fill a bathtub with hot water. Add 2 cups Epsom Salt, more in a large tub.There should be extra hot water so if it's safe to do so, boil some on the stove and tote it to bath, again, if necessary, if your hot water heater can't do the job. Position some bath towels in your bed a layer underneath you and a layer for above you when you get out. Get in the full tub. If the flu is in your head, get your head underwater (face up please & breathing, ok?) Add hot water as you get used to the heat. Soon any part of your body still exposed to air will bead up with sweat. Shortly after this your body will begin to insist you get out of the tub. Spend a few minutes here and then get out. What happens in the next 90 seconds is critical. Towel yourself off and dive directly into bed. Don’t delay or get chilled. The towels below and above you absorb the sweat and keep the mattress and blankets from being soaked. Stay there and sweat from twenty to forty minutes, and repeat the process every few hours. Three or four sweats serious dents most flus, and can be done in one day. Now just because you feel better though doesn’t mean you’re done. You’re just out in front a bit, kind of surfing ahead of the toxic wave. Your body will continue dumping its load, so it’s a good idea to visit the tub once or twice a day for a few more days.

NOTE: Yogi Bhajan sez put two cups of vinegar in bath, but a longer, half hour soak with water as hot
as you can take it. At end of a half hour, you will start sweating! It takes that long! He says. Try both methods.

2.) KIDNEYS ARE YOUR FRIENDS. TREAT THEM TO MAGICAL Flu Tea

Ginger root and slippery elm in apple juice/water (50/50) make a mean flu
tea. Ginger root is as close as the grocery store. Slippery Elm is in
Traditional Medicinal’s Throat Coat tea, at the health food store.
Don’t make a beverage tea. Make it medicinal—steep it for at least one hour.
Brew it in a mixture of half water and half apple juice. Boil a two quart
pot. Rinse the root but you don’t have to peel it. Cut up a generous
handful of ginger slices, about 1/8” thick. Take five or six Throat Coat
tea bags and, when the pot boils add tea bags and ginger slices. Turn off
the heat, cover and let steep for one hour. Reheat and drink. One dose is
3-4 cups, and if you’re serious you’ll give yourself several doses/day.
Dilute it if it’s too strong, but then drink more tea.
 
Slippery elm is cooling. It soothes sore throats and Wind heat-type flus.
Add more slippery elm when sore throat is the main problem or when you have
thick, yellow/green phlegm. Ginger is for Wind-Cold. I'm not Oriental med student
but I think that means when your skin is cold, even if fever on top. Add ginger for
runny, thick clear or white phlegm and sore muscles. It’s a rare flu indeed
that survives several rounds of sweating and regular dosing with ginger
root/slippery elm tea.

NOTE FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN TRADITIONAL ASIAN MEDICINE:
TAM sees Wind as the evil spearhead of disease. It drives Damp, Heat and
Cold into the body. You’re on the beach on a hot morning, sweating. The
wind comes up and at first it feels good and cool. But after awhile WIND
starts to annoy! 

To a TAM practitioner this is the body’s protective
bubble of Chi, Wei Chi, being breached. That’s why it annoys—the body
says “enough!” Wind combines with other evils and drives them into the
body. Wind Damp creates heavy headaches, sinus congestion, aching
muscles and joints. Wind Heat brings a sore throat and thick, yellow
phlegm. Wind Cold brings more aching muscles and a head cold with clear,
runny phlegm. Acu-points and herbs can drive the Wind out of the body.

Anyone can stimulate acu-points with finger pressure. We’ll look at some
simple herbs anyone can use to drive the wind-flu out of the body in a
moment. Chinese herb formulas can be very helpful and are particularly
important when Wind gets stuck. When Wind-attack isn’t completely healed
it can turn into things like arthritis and rheumatism.

Naturopathics—the Overdue Cleanse
Here’s another idea about the flu.

We live toxic lives. Our environment is full of new molecules that
gravitate toward carbon-based life forms (us!) and, because they’re new
and don’t fit, become sand in our metabolic gears. There’s two steps
involved in cleaning the body. First toxins must be mobilized out of the
fat tissue where they’re stored into the bloodstream. Next the toxins
must be flushed out of the bloodstream and out of the body. If step one
happens faster than step two then our biologic waste backs up in the
bloodstream. We get sick. The most thorough way to clean the body and
get ahead of this process is to fast. Please note that there’s a lot
more to a proper fast than simply stopping eating. (Contact us if you’d
like our free fact sheet, Fasting—How & Why.) There’s herbal detoxes and
some good nutritional ones too, but don’t go too fast. By the time your
nose, sinus or lungs starts to dump your blood’s toxic overload, it’s
too late. You’re already sick. Our bodies go into detox all by
themselves when our natural toxic storage capacity is full. Then any
shock to the system—stressful emotional changes, working stress, the
changes of seasons with their winds—all dump more bad molecules into the
system while squeezing the body’s maxed-out carrying capacity. Curiously
enough, the body often does alright while the stress is on. It’s only
afterwards that the body goes into detox. To get well again,

Other helpful tactics: Fenugreek tea.
MASSAGE with Essential oils: mixture of 15 drops Frankincense and
15 drops of Marjoram in one ounce of Jojoba oil, applied externally to the
chest, for stubborn chest colds. Arab markets have this herb fenugreek.

Sore throats: throat wrap: take a thick cotton or wool sock,
place it corner-to-corner diagonally across a cotton handkerchief, wrap it
up so the sock is flat inside the folded handkerchief, and safety pin this
snugly around the neck at night when asleep. Apply tiger balm or Eucalyptus
oil to the necK first to keep it warm. Or tie a heating pad around it.

VIRICIDAL HERBS LIKE OLIVE LEAF. Make a tea, drink down.'
 LIST OF FLU HERBS

HIGH TECH THROAT WRAP Get a foot warmer, the electrical mat, plastic,
with rubber cover over coils, and a flannel wrap. tie around neck wi.
scarf. watch t.v. for an hour while you sit chewing cloves of garlic & swilling
ginger tea. It takes throat area up a few degrees. BUGS DIE!

Eucalyptus oil and camphor are two powerful natural anti-virals and
antibiotics. There are oils like this at chinese markets, pharmacies, in
china town where the oriental doctors hold forth. WOOD LOCK is one. A
drop or two on the upper lip when exposed to crowds protects from
airborne germs. A few drops in a spray bottle, vigorously shaken and
then sprayed around the room works well too—especially good for busy
clinics or child-care situations. Eucalyptus can be put in humidifiers,
the air intake of a car. A dozen drops of Eucalyptus oil in a steaming
pot of water makes a great head and chest-clearing inhalation—cover your
head with a towel draped over the steaming pot (make sure any flame or
hot element is turned off) allowing the vapors to concentrate as you
breathe them in. Traveing children: every mother’s nightmare is a
holiday travel schedule requiring small children to sit in packed
airplanes full of coughing, hacking adults. Myrtle oil is a very gentle
and strong anti-microbial well-tolerated by kids and even infants. Apply
a drop or two every half hour to a child’s upper lip when confined in
places where flu bugs hang out to help the wee ones fight off the flu.

Of course, if one is getting frequent colds and flu’s, it’s best to
understand this as the body asking to have its oil changed. Most of us
keep the oil in our cars cleaner than the tissues in our body. We’ll be
back with detox advice in the Spring. Here’s hoping you have fantastic,
healthy flu season.

SINUS PIZZA. The way to attack a sinus is to crush garlic on a plate.
Now, take a sliver of freshly cut onion, like toothpick length, dampen
slightly in the garlic, very slightly. Stand over big sink of boiling
hot water, lean over, put towel over head to enclose team. stick onion
slice up nose and inhale suck suck inhale. the juice goes into entire
sinus. you sneeze and sneeze, cleaning your sinuses. for hours you feel
fine. then when cold or flu makes you feel ratty again, repeat steam,
cut new fresh sliver off onion. If youre a wimp do just the onion wi. no
garlic. THIS WILL CURE chronic sinus infections! But you'll sneeze so hard
you will wet yourself. Just sayin'.

And this just in, FOR AVIAN FLU, STAR ANISE. Make tea out of it.
simmer lightly a few minutes, then let steep. Last, HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
work for SARS VIRAL PNEUMONIA.
And probably will work for all the flu's.

PREVENTION: - flu always in winter? WHY?
 

ODE TO A WINTER FLUCATION

Our winter foods are cloggy
milk, white flour and rice,
potatoes, lard and double
down on meat --cuz meat's so very nice!

The clog within our systems
is a fabulous sunny resort!
To any virus needing
a warm place to cavort.

For us Winter's saddest season
since mankind's been on earth.
But ask any half smart virus,
It's a season of joy and mirth!

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