The Power Of An Onion: Can It Prevent The Flu?

Being that we are currently in the flu season, people are doing several seemingly quirky things to keep themselves healthy. One of those things may be leaving half a raw onion in a bowl near their bed or couch or even the kitchen. This is an old natural preventative method that may work on the theory that onions have been shown to attract sickness-causing bacteria and therefore, preventing them from entering the individual’s body. Another use of onions as well as garlic is using them in your cooking, especially in soups. People who consume garlic and onions on a regular basis have been shown to have a third of the colds than the individuals who do not. Herbal medicine is a more reliable treatment so consult with trained Herbalists or practitioners of Oriental medicine and have them customize an herbal tea just for you.


The Flu Season is Upon Us – Which Natural Remedies Should You Be Using?

In recent weeks, there is nowhere you can turn without hearing a sniffle or a deep, loud cough. Those are the sounds of the flu season. Friends, family and co-workers may all be sick, but you don’t have to be. Below are a few natural preventative and treating herbs you can use to fight off the flu or try to treat it. Be sure to let your doctor know what herbs you are planning to take to ensure that they will not react negatively with any medication you may already be taking.

Preventing the flu:  First, remember to continue doing the basics. Wash your hands often, drink plenty of fluids, and eat well. If you feel the flu coming on or you would rather be safe than sorry, American Ginseng, or Panax quinquefolius, has been shown to prevent the flu in clinical trials. You can obtain this herb and instructions on how to ingest it in most natural food stores or at New York College’s Syosset main campus Herbal Dispensary. Be sure to make an appointment and have an herbal consult so that the formulations can customized just for you.  Also consult with your physician first.

Ginger, although not an herb, is another great preventative. Boil a cut up ginger root in two cups of water along with two to three halves of lemons. Add honey to taste and be sure to drink it right away. It is useless if re-boiled or cold.

To treat the flu: If you are already experiencing symptoms, you can drink the ginger brew listed above. The honey in it will soothe your throat, the ginger and lemon will help strengthen your immune system and the heat of it will make you sweat a bit. All of those are a great way to fight an ordinary cold or the flu.

If you prefer some Herbal Medicine go to a reputable herbal dispensary like new York College or try:

Sambucus spp. (blue or black elderberry). Take as a syrup or a liquid extract—1 to 3 teaspoons, 3 times a day.

Echinacea angustifolia root. Purchase the alcoholic extract from a specific part of a plant —5 milliliters (ml), 3 times a day; or as a capsule—1,000 milligrams (mg), 3 times a day.

Eupatorium perfoliatum (common boneset). —3 ml, 3 times a day.

Andrographis paniculat – 3 ml, 3 times a day; or take a capsule—500 mg, 3 times a day.

Whichever way you decide to treat yourself, be sure to consult a physician first. Some herbs can react poorly with even the most common drugs such as Ibupforen.

Revival of Massage Therapy

The first texts describing the medicinal use of massage come from various Ancient civilizations in India, China, and Egypt. However, the history of massage therapy is believed to predate recorded history and to have been practiced for over 5000 years. One of the famous leaders to use massage therapy to ease the symptoms of his neuralgia was Julius Caesar. Roman physicians even believed that massage therapy is an essential skill to have.

While the history of massage therapy is an ancient one, it had begun to become popular among Americans in the mid 19th century. The most utilized technique at the time was the Swedish massage. Although massage therapy was steadily gaining popularity, the 1930’s brought about medical advances in Western medicine which caused the public to turn away from natural therapies and many even deemed them ineffective.

It is not until the 1970’s that massage therapy had once again gained the public’s interest. As some medicines began to have an increasing amount of unwanted side-effects, Americans had become more interested in massage therapy and its benefits which include pain relief and relaxation. As more of the public sought out natural treatments, massage therapy became an in-demand profession. It is even more so today.  Nationwide, states now regulate massage therapy education, licensing or certification and clinics; hospitals and wellness centers, as well as spas, resorts and sports teams hire the newly graduated therapists due to increased patient demand.

If you are studying massage therapy or are already practicing, you are a part of history that not only dates back to the ancient times, but also has a growing future.