Making the flu less miserable
When flu symptoms hit, all anyone can think is please let this end soon. While there’s little you can do to shorten the time you’re sick (Tamiflu is one option), some natural foods and techniques may help ease your suffering. Here are some that experts recommend—and some they’re not so keen on.
The name ginseng actually applies to a variety of herbs including Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Ginseng root has been used for centuries to treat a number of health concerns, including to boost immune function and for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. “Taking ginseng can prevent the flu, but it does not treat the illness once a person has it,” says Catherine Uram, MD, a physician specializing in integrative medicine. Ginseng is available in whole root, extract, powder, tablet, capsule, and tea form. And make sure you never ignore these 6 common flu symptoms.