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Natural flu cure?

Unfortunately there is no 'natural' cure for flu, but some natural remedies may help ease flu symptoms.

How can I end flu symptoms naturally?

Flu symptoms are part of a natural healing process- evidence that your immune system is working to battle the flu. For instance a fever is your body's way of trying to kill viruses in a hotter-than-normal environment. In addition a fever's hot environment makes germ-killing proteins in your blood circulate more quickly and effectively. So if you endure a moderate fever for a day or two, you may actually get well faster.

Coughing is another productive flu symptom. When you cough, you're helping to clear your breathing passages of thick mucus that can carry germs to your lungs and the rest of your body.

Can I treat my nasal congestion naturally?

That congested nose is best treated mildly or not at all. A decongestant restricts blood in the blood vessels in your nose and throat. But often you want the increased blood flow because it warms the infected area and helps secretions carry germs out of your body.

A natural remedy for nasal congestion is to drink more water. Hydration is important for anyone with respiratory problems, and water is cost-efficient, easily available and healthy. As the water content of the mucus is increased, the mucus becomes less viscous and easier to expel. The sinuses drain more effectively when you are well-hydrated, and the mucus membrane is less susceptible to infection. Steam inhalation with a few drops of menthol or eucalyptus can help relieve nasal congestion naturally. Just be sure to keep far enough away from the steam to avoid burning the nasal passages.

Will salt water sprays or rinses help decrease nasal congestion?

Rinsing with salt water helps break nasal congestion and also removes virus particles and bacteria from your nose. You can buy an over-the-counter saline spray or seek medical advice about home solutions.

Is there a natural remedy to ease my scratchy throat?

Gargling with over-the-counter remedies or salt water can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief.

What can soothe the uncomfortable, stuffy feeling and dry cough that comes with flu?

Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, prevent dehydration and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. If you're so congested you can't sleep at night, try a hot drink.

Are there natural dietary supplements that help relieve flu symptoms?

There are various dietary supplements that are purported to ease flu symptoms, yet none have scientific substantiation. It's important to talk with your doctor before using any natural dietary supplement with flu.

Some natural herbal products can cause allergic reactions. Other natural products may interfere with prescribed medications you're taking. A few natural products have been found to cause liver damage, so use caution.

If you are uncertain about the claims on a natural dietary supplement product label, seek medical advice.

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