Viral Infections

Fever, muscular aches, joint aches, chills, and headaches are the symptoms of viral infections. Viruses can be especially serious. Viral infections include the common cold, measles, chicken pox, mumps, influenza, tonsilitis, croup, infectious hepatitis, mononucleosis, spinal meningitis, asthma, and certain bladder infections.

Antibiotics fight bacterial invasion, but are useless against viral infections. There are few antiviral medications which are useful. The body uses the same variety of powerful defenses - to resist and overcome both bacterial and viral crises. Trouble begins when the invaders are strong and many, and the body is in a weakened condition. To prevent this, keep yourself in good health. Get enough rest, exercise in the open air, and maintain a balanced, nourishing diet.

If you have a viral infection here are the natural remedies available:

  • Vitamin C (2,000 mg) and vitamin B6 (200 mg) are especially helpful. Also see the rather complete list of suggestions under Common Cold (222).
  • Vitamin A (10,000 IU) is a powerful antioxidant and free radical eliminator. Vitamin B complex and selenium (500 - 1,000 mcg/day) are other effetive agentis.
  • Vitamin C (2,000 - 10,000 mg daily, in divided doses) works in the white blood cells, to produce a powerful antiviral task force.
  • Zinc (30 mg daily) is also important in adding to the body's own immune functions.
  • Helpful herbs include goldenseal, garlic, chinacea, and red raspberry.
  • Drinking enough water is also important.