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What is Influenza
Influenza known as flu, it is the clinical condition that results from infection with influenza viruses. Influenza virus effects on the upper part of respiratory tract, throat and the nose, it involve and spread of the lungs and bronchi.
The disease is highly contagious and it has potential to cause widespread epidemics affecting sizeable portion of a population at anytime. Although it is more common during the cold months, it may strike at any time. It affects people of all ages.
Influenza strikes suddenly. It usually begins with chills, fever, headache, loss of appetite, vomiting and severe muscular pains. The patient feels miserable and weak. There is an inflammation in the lungs, resulting, in sore throat, cough, running of the nose and eyes. The face is flushed and the eyes become red.
In milder cases of influenza, the temperature rises to 120° F and lasts for two or three days. In severe cases, it may go upto 104° F and last for four or five days. The consequent weakness and fatigue may continue for several weeks. This is evolved by deep chest cough and due to irritation in the wind pipe.
In children, the disease may start with a convulsion and a rapid rise in temperature to 105° F to 106° F. The patient feels extremely weak.
Influenza is known as germ disease. It is however not caused primarily by the action of the germs as is generally believed, but develops due to the toxic and run down condition of the system of the affected person. This condition is brought about by the dietetic errors and a faulty style of living such as worry, overwork, lack of proper exercise, living in stuffy rooms and keeping awake late hours. Influenza is passed on with ease in an equally low vital state. That is how an epidemic starts.
Influenza, like all other acute disease, is a natural attempt at self-cleaning and if rightly treated in a natural way, immune system good can ensure so far as the future health of the patient is concerned. In acute stages of influenza, the patient should abstain from all solid foods and only drink fruit and vegetable juices diluted with water on 50:50 basis for first three to five days, depends on severity of the disease. Take juice fast continued till the body temperature comes down to normal. Drink warm water daily for cleanse the bowels.
After fever, patient take all fruit-diet for three or four days. The patient take three diet a day of fresh fruit juice such as pears, grapes, apples, pineapple, oranges and melons at four hours intervals.
Bananas or dried, stewed or tinned fruits, however, should not be taken. Other food stuff not added to the fruit meals, the value of the treatment is lost. This may be followed by a further two or three days of fruits and milk diet. After that patient take balanced diet such as seeds, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
Spices and condiments and pickles, which make food more palatable and lead to overeating, must be avoided. Lemon juice may be used in salad dressing. Alcohol, tobacco, strong tea and coffee, highly seasoned meat. The patient avoid boiled milk, potato, refined, pulses, rice cheese. Certain home remedies have been found beneficial in the treatment of influenza. In this condition use of long pepper is important.
Half a teaspoon of the powder of long pepper with two spoons of honey and half a teaspoon of juice of ginger should be taken thrice a day. They help in disease if it take at the time of initial stage of the disease.
It is the onset of the disease, namely, the involvement of the larynx and the bronchial tube.
Next best treatment for influenza is the green leaves of tulsi plant. Take one gram of tulsi leaves boiled with ginger in half liter of water till the water is left half. This decoction should be taken as tea. It gives immediate relief. Next is turmeric and garlic is the effective food for influenza. Garlic is useful as a general antiseptic and should be given as much as the patient care. Garlic juice may be sucked by the nose.
A teaspoon of turmeric powder should be mixed in a cup of warm milk and taken three times in a day. From this prevent complications by the influenza and activate the liver which becomes sluggish during the attack.
Ginger is an excellent remedy for influenza. A teaspoon of the fresh ginger juice mixed with a cup of fenugreek (methi) decoction and honey to taste is an excellent diaphoretic mixture which increases sweating to reduce fever in influenza.
Onion is another effective remedy for influenza. Take and mixed onion juice and honey and take two or three teaspoons daily in the treatment of this disease. During the courses of fever, the natural way of reducing temperature is by means of cold packs. It is advisable to apply a body pack several times a day, with one to the throat in case of a sore throat.
The pack is made by wringing out a sheet or other large square piece of linen material in cold water, wrapping it right round the body and legs of the patient and then covering completely with a blanket. In case of the throat pack, the linen, may be covered with a piece of flannel. The packs can be kept for an hour or so.The body us sponged with the water after removing the pack.
Treatment chart for influenza
Fast on raw juices for three to five days. Take a glass of fresh fruit or vegitable juice, diluted with water on 50:50 basis, every two hours. Use warm water daily during this time.
An all-fruit diet for three days after fever subsides.
Take meals three times of a day of fresh fruit juice at four hour intervals. Fruit and milk diet for further three days.
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