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needing old fashion cures for flu symptoms

Posted by icecreamgranny (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 8, 03 at 1:41

Anybody have any tried and true home remedy for flu symptons? Other then chicken soup!!! lol Judy


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RE: needing old fashion cures for flu symptoms

Gargling with warm salt water, and also plain saline nasal spray help alot of the scratchy throat-sinus aspects of colds and flu.

Oh, and you can't beat good ol' fashioned vicks vapor rub.

But the real flu will just knock you down no matter what. Not too much old-fashioned cures that will help.


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Treatments:

Maintain hydration and nutrition - soups, water, etc. No alcohol or soft drinks.

Stay comfortable - OTC analgesics for the muscle pain, brief warm showers and clean sheets for comfort, have someone else do the housework and cooking.

Keep alert for lethal problems - serious breathing distress means it's time for the hospital and some oxygen.

CONVALESCE! When it's oivre, you will feel like roadkill. respect the feelings, don't over do it.


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I've used this treatment a couple different times for bad colds:

Cold Socks Treatment:
Randall Bradley, N.D. , a naturopath from Omaha Nebraska, frequently uses the cold socks treatment, a long-standing naturopathic therapy for stimulating the immune system.
Dr. Bradley finds this treatment to be effective in relieving the symptoms of many upper respiratory conditions such as head and chest colds, earaches, the flu, sore throats and even allergies. With this procedure, he says, relief is often seen within thirty minutes. If it is not, one can repeat the treatment while the patient remains covered and in bed. After four hours or usually by morning, the wet socks should be totally dry, the feet warm and the symptoms gone or much improved. Dr.Bradley says it is effective with both children and adults.
Step 1: Soak the foot part of a pair of 100% cotton socks in very cold water and wring them out thoroughly.
Step 2: Put the child's feet into a basin or bathtub of hot water, as hot as tolerable without burning. Have the bath deep enough to cover the ankles. Have the child sit on a chair or the edge of the tub, and keep the rest of the body warm. Soak the feet for about 5 to 8 minutes until they are hot and pink.
Step 3: Remove the feet from the hot water and pat then dry with a towel.
Step 4: Immediately put on the cold wet cotton socks, and then a pair of dry wool socks over those. At this point the patient should be covered and kept warm.
Step 5: Have the child go directly to bed, keeping the feet covered throughout the night. According to Dr. Bradley, this therapy will fail if the feet are uncovered, or if the patient walks around or sits in a chair uncovered.
Dr. Bradley believes that this home remedy works hemodynamically (by moving the blood to a specific area of the body -- in this case the feet). He suggests that when the blood is drawn away from the head to warm the feet, pressure in the head is relieved. As a result, the symptoms of the illness may disappear, and children usually fall asleep immediately. People who try this remedy will not only feel better the next day, but the treatment may actually boost their immune system, moving them through the illness faster.


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RE: needing old fashion cures for flu symptoms

I am going to try a combination of all that has been suggested.

Thanks so much for the advice....be glad to be feeling better soon!... Judy


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RE: needing old fashion cures for flu symptoms

Lazygardens has it exactly right - rest, lots (and even more than that) of fluids, simple foods - and some more rest.

Here is a link that might be useful: CDC - Flu


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