With autumn comes the colds and flu season. Have you noticed that colds and flu seem to be harder to fight off – hitting harder and lasting longer?
Influenza (commonly known as the flu) continues to be a threatening disease due to the number of deaths and hospitalisations it causes every year. According to new estimates by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 and based on a robust, multinational survey.
Most colds and respiratory infections are caused by viruses. Unfortunately, a virus must run its course, which usually lasts from 7 to 14 days. Antibiotics only work against bacteria, not viruses. Therefore, they cannot eradicate common colds or the flu, also it is worth mentioning that many antibiotics may harm our overall being and health. The flu virus infects people extremely easily, creating an epidemic every winter.
Neem – a traditional remedy
Neem has been heralded: ‘An Ancient Cure for a Modern World‘. As we begin the 21st Century, Neem has been little known and under-utilised in Western culture. However, with bodies such as the National Research Council (USA) declaring Neem ‘A tree for solving global problems‘ – the future seems optimistic. Currently testing is underway on neem’s effectiveness against multi-drug resistant bacteria isolated from human infections. The results are very promising.
The Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) grows in tropical and sub tropical countries such as India, Africa and Australia. Indian culture dating back 4000 years makes reference to using the leaves, fruit and bark of the Neem tree for reputedly easing a variety of human ailments. Owing to its wide range of medicinal properties, Neem has attracted worldwide prominence in recent years.
All plants are made up of thousands of chemicals, and Neem is no different in this respect. Neem contains a vast array of biologically active compounds that are chemically diverse and structurally complex. More than 140 compounds have been isolated from different parts of neem.
Scientists are particularly interested in one family of chemicals particular to Neem, and responsible for its’ amazing properties. These are the ‘tetranortriterpenoids’ or more specifically ‘liminoids’ – similar to steroids. About 40 of these chemicals act together, producing a ‘synergistic’ or ‘enhanced’ affect. Extensive research has revealed the many and various beneficial properties they deliver.
All parts of the neem tree- leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots and bark have been used traditionally for the treatment of inflammation, infections, fever, skin diseases and dental disorders.
The medicinal utilities have been described especially for neem leaf. Neem leaf and its constituents have been demonstrated to exhibit immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycaemic, antiulcer, antimalarial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties.
How Neem Battles Viruses
Researchers have found that hyperoside, a natural compound found exclusively in neem leaves, is extremely adept at inhibiting cold and flu viruses. This compound shows great promise and could hold the secret to treating the influenza virus. Neem is a very viable option for natural medicines that can treat a wide variety of diseases, surpassing the effectiveness of synthetic drugs in many cases!
Neem helps boost your immune system. It possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties Neem also has blood-purifying properties, which allow it to clear toxins and impurities from the blood leaving you with a strengthened immune system.
You can buy neem capsules here
Note:- I normally take a maintenance dose of 3 neem capsules a day. However – if I sense that I’m experiencing the beginnings of a cold or flu I will increase that to 3 capsules three times a day for a few days – in order to ‘head off’ whatever ‘bug’ my immune system if fighting off.
You can make your own neem capsules!
This works out a lot less expensive than buying the ready-made capsules – and it’s fun to do. Have a look at the video below:-
You can buy the “0” size capsule machine here
You can buy the empty capsules here
You can buy organic neem powder here
Note:- The above is out of stock at the moment – so try here
Note: Children under the age of 12 should not ingest neem.
Note: Neem capsules must not be taken by anyone suffering from any auto-immune disease (because of neem’s ability to boost the immune system)
Note: Neem is used as a natural contraceptive for both men and women. It should not be taken, therefore, by those who are planning a pregnancy – or by pregnant women
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