The flu, or something that resembled it (we never got him tested), hit our household over holiday break. Wyatt, my 15 year old went down first. As we waited for his ride to the ski resort for a day at the terrain park with his buddies, the extreme fatigue set in.   “I’m so tired that I can’t even lift my arms up.   Do you think I should still go skiing?” Duh. Then came a new experience for him, a big, fat headache.

My buddy was down. He hit the couch and didn’t surface until bed time. I started with the oscillococcinum right away and followed up with this herb/supplement regimen.  

Oscillococcinum * – a homeopathic flu remedy made by Boiron.  Works best at earliest onset of symptoms.  Sometimes it’s difficult to know if you have a cold or the flu.  If fever and body aches are present, take it.                                                                                                                 dosage:  1 vial every 6 hours, for 3 doses.

Lung Essence Tonic/ Resilient Defense combo **– A liquid tincture that is a combination of Chinese herbs.  Great for those prone to upper respiratory complications.   Also for that nagging cough that hangs on even after the rest of the symptoms have dissipated.                  dosage:  3 dropperfuls 3 times a day

Mucus Relief  – homeopathic remedy from Heel, a company that has been around since 1936.   For chest congestion, mucus build up, cough.                                                                                                     dosage:  1 pill 3 times a day

Emergen-C lite in water or seltzer – A powdered blend of vitamins and minerals to help immune system.  Kids like it too – it’s fizzy!        For the little ones, there is Emergen-C Kidz                                                                                         dosage: 1-2 packets a day * (available at Wegmans and many drug stores)

And for the rest of the household, Yin Chiao **!

Other tips: Mint tea helped his sore throat. Avoid heavy foods and dairy which can exacerbate congestion. Really push the clear fluids.

We got through it relatively painlessly in about 2-3 days. And even better, it didn’t morph into anything else, which tends to be common with this years flu.

*available at Wegmans and Walgreens,probably other drug stores as well

**available at balance acupuncture & wellness center

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