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Herbal Help for Flu and Nausea
FV is designed to provide nutritional support to the digestive and immune systems. It is specifically formulated to relieve nausea and pain associated with influenza and other digestive disorders involving nausea and vomiting. It helps to settle the stomach, relax muscle spasms and fight infection. A description of the contributors of each of the formula's ingredients follows:
Ginger root has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years as a remedy for digestive disorders, nausea, and fever. A strong aromatic herb, this root produces both stimulant and carminative effects. Widely acclaimed for its ability to stop nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, ginger also helps settle the stomach in cases of morning sickness, food poisoning, flu and digestive upset. The volatile oils found in ginger also work to stimulate the production of digestive enzymes. Ginger contains compounds which increase blood circulation to the abdominal organs, dilate blood vessels and reduce muscle spasms. It is an excellent herb for stimulating weak digestive organs and relieving cramping in the intestines and pelvis.
Capsicum fruit (from which cayenne pepper is manufactured) is widely regarded as one of the strongest herbal stimulants. Long revered as a promoter of good digestion and a short-term anti-inflammatory, the fruit’s most dramatic property is perhaps its ability to stimulate increased blood circulation. Not only does this aid the body in transporting oxygen and nutrients throughout the system, but this stimulant action also makes capsicum an important catalyst in herbal combinations, speeding the other medicinals to each extremity. Capsicum has almost immediate stimulating and revitalizing effects on the saliva glands, the digestive and intestinal membranes, and the heart.
The herb also contains the stinging phenol capsaicin, which is responsible for the capsicum's anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Taken in combination with soothing herbs such as licorice and golden seal, and also when ingested in capsules, capsicum can produce its helpful effects with a minimum of sting.
Golden seal's most important components are a group isoquinoline alkaloids which help to normalize liver and spleen functions by increasing the production of digestive fluids, enzymes and bile. Two of the alkaloids, hydrastine and berberine, have been found effective in combating a wide variety of infectious agents, including staph, strep, E. coli bacteria, and giardia (a parasite which causes diarrhea).
As an immune-stimulator, berberine increases the blood supply to the spleen, activates macro phages, and has a tumor inhibitory action. Hydrastine is also effective for uterine disorders, as it causes constriction of peripheral blood vessels. Goldenseal reduces inflammation in the mucus membranes of the intestinal tract.
Licorice root is often prescribed for food poisoning, liver and uterine complaints (the root has been shown to help control hepatitis and improve liver function in people with cirrhosis), and some forms of cancer. The herb contains bitter compounds which reduce inflammation, increase the quality and production of mucous, and relieve muscle spasms. Besides its anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties, specially prepared (deglycyrrhizinated) licorice has also demonstrated considerable effectiveness in treating duodenal ulcers. Licorice root helps to soothe an irritated stomach and intestinal tract by reducing inflammation and irritation. It also has infection fighting qualities against viruses.
Dosage: Take three to four capsules with large quantities of water as needed to help settle the stomach. The formula may not inhibit vomiting, but can serve to settle the nausea and speed recovery after the initial stages of the flu have passed. The combination could also be used as a preventative to help avoid getting the flu when it is "going around."
FV (100 capsules)