Andrographis

Andrographis paniculota Clinically proven to reduce symptoms of respiratory infection

Used in many parts of Asia for the treatment of infectious and feverish conditions, andrographis has been investigated in several clinical trials. These studies document improvements in symptoms of cold, flu and pharyngo-tonsillitis, such as fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches, shivering, excessive nasal secretions, sinusitis and headache, and suggest that andrographis may also reduce the amount of sick leave patients need in order to recover. Like echinacea, astragalus and garlic, andrographis also appears to have some preventative action and, when taken over several months, may help reduce the incidence of colds. 0 DOS \<;i; For the best results, take andrographis as soon as possible after the onset of cold or flu symptoms. Look for commercial preparations standardized for their content of andrographolides, which are considered responsible for much of the herb's activity, and follow the manufacturers' instructions. Doses of up to 6 g dried herb per day are normally used to treat infection, while lower doses are taken for prevention.

In vitro research has shown that garlic and several of its constituents have broad-spectrum activity against a wide variety of disease-causing organisms, including strains of the virus that causes flu. Garlic also helps fight colds and flu by enhancing the activity of immune cells and, when taken prophylactically - that is, as a preventative medicine - may help protect you from catching a cold. 0 DOS \( .i; To treat infection, take up to 2 cloves fresh garlic per day. Chop them and leave them to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before cooking with them. This will allow the medicinally active component alliein to form. For prevention, aim for a dose of up to 3 cloves per week, or buy a commercial preparation that provides a standardized quantity of either alliin or alliein, and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

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