What is Swine Flu ? 20 Natural & Home Remedies to Avoid Swine Flu !

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What is Swine Flu ?

Swine influenza, also called pig influenza, swine flu, hog flu and pig flu, is an infection caused by any one of several types of swine influenza viruses. Swine influenza virus (SIV) or swine-origin influenza virus (S-OIV) is any strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs.As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H2N1, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

The disease originally was nicknamed swine flu because the virus that causes the disease originally jumped to humans from the live pigs in which it evolved. The virus is a "reassortant" — a mix of genes from swine, bird, and human flu viruses. Scientists are still arguing about what the virus should be called, but most people know it as the H1N1 swine flu virus.

The virus was first identified in Mexico in April 2009 and was also known as Mexican flu. It became known as swine flu because the virus closely resembled known influenza viruses that cause illness in pigs.

It spread rapidly from country to country because it was a new type of flu virus that few people were immune to.

Swine Flu Signs & Symptoms:

1# Fever
2# Coughing
3# Sore Throat
4# Weakness
5# Illness in General
6# Muscle Pain
7# Namely Chills
8# Severe Headache
9# stuffy or runny nose.
10# Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
11# fatigue.

Home Remedies to Avoid Swine Flu

1# The leaves of basil are considered beneficial in the prevention of flu. The juice of about eleven grams of leaves of basil mixed with three grams of powder of black pepper can be taken beneficially in fever. This will check the severity of the disease.

2# If you are bitten and fear you might’ve been affected by flu, it is a good idea to drink fresh juice made from basil leaves a few hours after the bite.

3# Giloi (medicinal name Tinospora cordifolia) is a commonly available plant in many areas. Take a one-foot long branch of giloi, add five to six leaves of Tulsi and boil in water for 15-20 minutes or long enough to allow the water to extract its properties. Add black pepper and sendha (salt used during religious fasts), rock or black salt, or Misri (crystalised sugar like lumps to make it sweet) according to taste. Let it cool a bit and drink this kadha (concoction) while still warm. It will work wonders for your immunity. If giloi plant is not available, get processed giloi powder from Hamdard or others, and concoct a similar drink once a day.

4# Tea made from Laxmi Taru leaves (botanical name: Simarouba), Tulsi, Amla and Amrut (Giloy) acts as an immunity enhancer.

5# Those not allergic to milk, must take a glass of hot or lukewarm milk every night with a small measure of haldi (turmeric).

6# The herb chirayata (Swertia Chirata) is effective in the treatment of intermittent type of viral fevers. It helps in lowering the temperature. An infusion of the herb, prepared by immersing 15 gm of chirayata in 250 ml of hot water with aromatics like cloves and cinnamon, should be given in doses of 15 to 30 ml.

7# Use the decoction of Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) leaves twice daily. To make the decoction, use one stem of Giloy crushed with water, boiled with two cups of water which is finally reduced to one cup. Filter and consume.

8# Those who can take garlic, must have two pods of raw garlic first thing in the morning. To be swallowed daily with lukewarm water. Garlic too strengthens immunity like the earlier measures mentioned.

9# Have citrus fruits, particularly Vitamin C rich Amla (Indian gooseberry) juice. Since fresh Amla is not yet available in the market (not for another three to four months), it is not a bad idea to buy packaged Amla juice which is commonly available nowadays.

10# Neem has special air purifying qualities which help in alleviating airborne diseases, including all kinds of flu. Chew 3-5 fresh leaves of Neem daily to purify your blood.

11# Take one-foot-long branch of Giloy and seven leaves of Basil, mix and collect the juice of this mixture. Now boil this juice and drink it. This herbal juice increases our body resistance to a great extent.

12# Grind 1 tea spoon of black pepper and 1 tea spoon of fenugreek into powder, Early morning and evening, take 1 tea spoon of mixed powder in the mouth and drink 1 cup of butter milk.(Black pepper and fenugreek are both antiviral and toxin removers.)

13# A small piece of camphor (kapoor) approximately the size of a tablet should be taken once or twice a month.

14# Burning incense made of neem, camphor, cow dung and frankincense kills germs and virus in the air

15# Do Pranayam daily (preferably under guidance if you are already not initiated into it) and go for morning jog/walk regularly to keep your throat and lungs in good condition and body in fine fettle

16# Keep the house free of germs by burning incense made of camphor, neem, turmeric and cow ghee. It’s not essential to have all the ingredients which you got you should use it and try to get other ingredients for later use.

17# Ginger and Turmeric (haldi) powder mixed with either lime juice or honey can also be taken twice a day."

18# To counter air-borne swine flu viruses, Sambarani dhoop (loban stems) should be burnt in the house twice a day. Sambarani is a very potent atmospheric sterilser.

19# Have five duly washed leaves of Tulsi (known as Basil in English) everyday in the morning. Tulsi has a large number of therapeutic properties. It keeps throat and lungs clear and helps in infections by way of strengthening your immunity.

20# Aloe vera (gwarpatha) too is a commonly available plant. Its thick and long, cactus-like leaves have an odourless gel. A teaspoon gel taken with water daily can work wonders for not only your skin and joint pains, but also boost immunity.

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