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How to Prepare for the Start of Flu Season

How to Prepare for the Start of Flu Season

After the past 18 months, let's be honest - the last thing we want is to be caged up again like chickens when the weather takes a turn for the worse. 

As the dreaded cold and flu season is nearly upon us, we want to make sure you stay fit and healthy so you can avoid feeling under the weather.

With a little help from our old friend TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), here are some recommended herbal formulas to kickstart your body's defence against unwanted bacteria and viruses:

Bi Yan Pian (Xanthium & Magnolia Vine Fruit)

 
Known for its ability to assist with nasal discharge, clear up general congestion and cold symptoms, Bi Yan Pian may also be useful to assist with sneezing and sinusitis. 
 
Best for: If you're prone to the common cold and unwanted sniffles 
 

Fang Feng Tong Sheng San (Liquorice & Skullcap Root)

   
This formula may assist with discomfort in the mouth and throat, dispel stiffness in your chest and even dispel heat from the surface of your body. 
    
Best for: If you need to shift chesty cold and flu symptoms
 

Fu Fang Dan Shen Pian (Red Sage & Notoginseng)

Personally, we feel the worst symptom of this season is when it affects your chest - nasty!

Luckily, our good friend Fu Fang Dan Shen Pian's formula has been created to assist shifting phlegm in the chest and promoting positive effects on the cardiovascular system. 

Best for: If you have a chesty cough and dark phlegm

 

Gui Zhi Tang (Cinnamon Twig & White Peony)

Fever is another factor to watch out for in cold and flu season, but luckily, this supplement has got you covered.

Gui Zhi Tang's formula may assist to dispel the common cold, respiratory issues and regulate body temperature. 

Best for: If you have a high temperature and common cold symptoms

 

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San (Patchouli & Liquorice Root)

We're taking symptoms up a notch! If you're unlucky enough to experience these, this formula will be your saving grace.

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San may help to relieve headaches, indigestion, vomiting and abdominal distention, so could come in very handy if you're in a lot of discomfort. 

Best for: If you're experiencing bad migraines and vomiting

 

Mai Wei Di Huang Wan (Rehmannia & Chinese Yam)

Whilst some may experience a more chesty cough, a dry tickly feeling in your throat is pretty damn awful.

Mai Wei Di Huang Wan may help address a chronic dry cough and aid lung health, giving you much needed comfort from the annoying tickling feeling.

Best for: If you've got a tickly cough or dry lungs/throat  

 

Sheng Mai San (Ginseng & Lily-Turf Root)

Hot and cold shivers are a common sign of flu and cold, but Sheng Mai San addresses these issues. 

This formula is perfect to potentially help with spontaneous sweating, shortness of breath, lethargy and a mild fever. 

Best for: If you experience hot and cold shivers and fever symptoms

 

Xiao Chai Hu Tang (Thorowax Root & Panax Ginseng)

Being stung with cold and flu can often have a detrimental effect on your digestive system. 

Xiao Chai Hu Tang is perfect to address digestive disorders associated with the stomach and liver

Best for: If you experience digestive issues and discomfort in the stomach area

 

 

Yu Ping Feng San (White Atractylodis & Astragalus)

To conclude our collection of cold and flu supplements, this final formula is an all-rounder for suppressing those unwanted symptoms.

Yu Ping Feng San may help combat fatigue, weakness, poor digestion, congestion and improve the immune system function. 
 
Best for: If you experience multiple cold and flu symptoms 
 
 
 

Formulas to Avoid during Cold and Flu Season

Now that you've got some potential formulas lined up to assist your health & wellbeing, there are a few formulas which should be avoided in this season, as these contradict the formulas above...

- Ba Zhen Tang 

- Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang

- Shi Quan Da Bu Tang  

  

Summary

With a variety of herbal formulas to ensure you stay healthy, you're well-equipped for whatever cold and flu season throws at you. Bring it on!

Click here to explore the complete Aura Natural Supplement range.

For any further queries, please email info@auranutrition.co.uk and we'll be happy to help. 

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