Herbal medicine is great for treating upper and lower respiratory infections that can be outright annoying (e.g. common cold, tonsillitis, bronchitis etc). Herbal medicine is a great alternative to anti-biotics and should be the first line of treatment for colds and flu, especially because most repository tract infections are viral in nature. This is because anti-biotics kill the beneficial bacteria in our digestive tracts that are essential for our immune function. Therefore, anti-biotics may seem like a good short-term approach, but in the long term they can increase the risk of further infections due to the depletion of health promoting bacteria, which help our immune function.
There are specific herbs that can be taken in liquid extracts or tablets/capsules, which have anti-viral and anti-bacterial actions. They also help to boost the immune system, get rid of mucus and soothe inflamed throats due to anti-inflammatory actions. Herbal medicine takes effect and improves symptoms very quickly.
Also, the link between gut bacteria composition and immune function is also why strain specific probiotic supplementation is very effective in treating and preventing respiratory infections.
If you are currently sick or suffer from persistent respiratory tract infections, book a 20-minute consult where I can take your symptoms and prescribe to you strain specific probiotics and herbal medicine that will be manufactured specifically for your symptom picture. Once you have these medicines, you can keep them in your medicine cabinet, in case you get sick again some other time.
While these treatments are very effective when you get sick, the goal should always be to prevent yourself from getting sick in the first place. Therefore, if you find yourself getting sick often and taking a while to get over it, there is likely to be factors in your diet and lifestyle that are affecting your immune function. Are you exercising enough? Are you getting enough good quality sleep? Are you stressed and anxious? Are you eating a healthy diet full of nutrients needed for immune function? Are you smoking? Are you consuming alcohol regularly? All of these factors can affect immunity and susceptibility to infection.
Book an initial consultation to see how evidence based, practical and sustainable diet and lifestyle interventions along with supplementation can be used to boost your immunity and prevent you from getting sick.