Petrified with the titillation deep in the throat or manifestation of flu, cold & other influenza-like-illness, the first rush is to OTC prescription. Backed by the scientific study as well as people’s response to OTC, the meds are not to be relied as a standalone treatment for the lethal ‘flu & alike’ illnesses. From the database recovered from National Library of Medicine (PubMed) 2015, the anti-viral medicines like Tamiflu are directed to only shorten the duration of flu just by a day or so, and that these are not the actual cure, in the first place. Furthermore, presently there is no significant substitute of vaccine that can soon be formulated as a single-solitary cure and the current available comes along with certain side effects, amongst them: soreness at the site of shot, fever, headache, nausea, and muscle aches.
Putting effectiveness of anti-viral medicines for influenza treatment into investigation, Haider Abdul-Lateef Mousa, put forward the potency of natural/herbal flu remedies and cold remedies that can be utilized at home.
Taking forward the popularity of complementary and alternative alkaline supplements, advocated the use of Dietary supplements, Alkaline Diets & drinks, and Herbs as a substitution of traditional medications to reduce the severity & length of the symptoms linked with the influenza and common cold virus.
He further added, for the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in prevention and management of the Influenza, Flu and Common Cold, the patient must be prepared to get counseled on the proper use, and, potential interactions linked with the use of these herbal remedies/supplements. CAM therapies being ranked 3rd among the pediatric patient population & 8th among adults, still possess no conclusive scientific evidence for their usefulness in reference to treatment of the common cold as per NCCAM. Even so, the NCCAM in a report states some CAM therapies, such as zinc, to significantly reduce the extremity and duration of the influenza-line-illness.
With the purpose to introduce a quick and safe cure into light, Haider Abdul-Lateef Mousa integrated a capitulation of studies reporting impressive benefits of specific CAM therapies in the prevention & treatment of influenza as well as the potential of these alternative natural therapies to diminish the incidence of common colds and the intensity associated with the respiratory virus.
A numerous of complementary products inclusive of ancient herbal agents such as Glycyrrhizin, Maoto, Polinacea (roots of Echinacea angustifolia), Zinc Lozenges, Licorice, Echinacea, and high-dose vitamin C have become cognizant for boosting the immune system, relieving the inflammatory effects as well as prevention of the symptoms most commonly associated with the flu and common cold.
Glycyrrhizin an active agent found in licorice roots has been in use as a herbal remedy for attenuating the symptoms of cold since the ancient times. Using the component, a study was conducted by Wolkerstorfer to probe into the potential of protection projected by Glycyrrhizin for people infected with influenza A virus. The outcome lead the way to clear diminution of a number of influenza A influenced human lung cells along with a decrease in the CCID50 titer by 90%.
Herbal flu Relief product which contains CAM agents have shown to manage fever, chills, cramps, running nose and sneezing, in extension to strengthening the immune system as well as have better therapeutic effects. A number of controlled trials in adults have discerned components like Echinacea purpurea, Zinc, and Vitamin C to have preventively reduced the risk of developing the common cold & respiratory virus by as much as 60% and reduced the time span of cold by 1.5 days, both of which were contemplated to be statistically significant. The products are available as effervescent pills, chewables, or single-dose packets
The effective antiviral substances obtained by ethanolic or aqueous extracts of single or mixture of herbs were used traditionally in certain nations to treat respiratory viral infections. Echinacea, Maoto, licorice roots, North American ginseng, Korean red ginseng, Berries, guava tea, Bai Shao, and various other herbal extracts were found significant in impoverishing of influenza and influenza-like episodes, particularly in elderly high-risk individuals. From this scientific-based statistic review, it is concluded through the CAM therapies are comprehended as natural and safe, and several herbs/supplements have proved to be effectual in control and cure of influenza and influenza-like-episodes, some might have the ability to interact with other meds or cause adverse effects.
Results from various studies have been inconsistent and more investigation is needed on the effective mechanism of therapeutic agents. Prior to use, patients, particularly those with pre-existing clinical conditions should be advised to discuss with their primary health care provider for the use of herbal therapies marketed for the prevention and management of the common cold.
About: Haider Abdul-Lateef Mousa:
Obtaining Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery on 1987 in which the rank of graduation was within the top ten out of the 138 graduate students of the Medical College, Basrah, Iraq. House Officer for 15 months at Babylon Teaching Hospitals, Ministry of Health, Iraq, including duties in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Orthopedics with scheduled Emergency Department duties at all these five medical branches. Demonstrator, general practitioner, Assistant lecturer, and lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Basrah, Iraq, for 15 years. Specialist physician of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Ministry of Health, Tripoli, Libya, for two years. Specialist physician of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Waha oil company clinics for 14 years. Having thirty-six scientific medical publications which were published in various countries. Assigned as Editor, Guest Chief Editor, Member of Editorial Board, and Reviewer at several international medical journals. The prominent personal achievement has been selected by Marquis Who’s Who, which is comprised of the top 3% of the professionals in the world for the years 2017 and 2018. Granted four Publons Peer Review Awards for the years 2016-2018 for placing in the top 1% of peer reviewer in the World.