I read some past posts. I believe these are the herbs for flu/colds? What does each contribute to overall affect? Pau D Arco, Andrographis and chapparral. Would you take when you get a cold/flu or as a preventative. If so does this give you some protection straight away, or do you have to take for several weeks to build up some immunity. Do i add some Amla to this. I was exposed to someone with a bad cold the other day, which made me think, i need to prepare a blend ready for my family, but i'm not sure how to use.
For colds and flu andrographis is the most effective herb for shortening the duration of the illnesses. My next choices would be chaparral then amla. All are antiviral and immune stimulants.
With the flu though electrolytes will also be very important to replace the electrolytes lost from vomiting and diarrhea. A little trace element salt can be used for this. I also recommend keeping some dried ginger on hand for ginger tea to sip on to help control the nausea.
Is equal amounts of each okay, 1/2 a tsp 3 x day?
I recommend mixing the herbs as follows:
Andrographis 5 parts
Chaparral 3 parts
Amla 2 parts
When you do not feel good it is extra hard to get down bitter, nasty herbs. So it would be best to capsule the powder blend. Recommended dose is two size '00' capsules or three size '0' capsules 4 times daily. And don't forget plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration. Adding a pinch of trace element salt to the water will help prevent purified waters from contributing to electrolyte imbalances.
I remember someone mentioning Lysine in the past. Supposed to really help cold/flu. How does that work?
I have never seen any evidence that lysine will work against cold or influenza viruses. It will work against herpes viruses, but that is by antagonizing arginine, which triggers herpes outbreaks.