Synopses & Reviews
Every winter, the flu virus presents an international health threat. Sometimes the flu season is mild, while in other years it causes widespread debilitating illness. Vaccination against the flu has been hailed as the primary and best preventive measure, yet shortages and the controversies surrounding the lack of effectiveness of vaccinations have led many people to seek alternatives. Fortunately, anyone can prepare for the flu season with effective prevention strategies. If the flu strikes, there are safe, alternative methods to treat the symptoms. Flu: Alternative Treatments and Prevention guides readers in treating the flu with appropriate professional care and home remedies. The first part of Flu tells the history of the flu, lists its symptoms and complications, and includes a discussion of flu vaccines. Part II describes the alternative medical treatments available to treat the flu as well as important measures people can take to build a strong immune system. Part III features methods for flu prevention as well as treatments for children. And Part IV offers information about the best ways to increase immunity, treat the virus, and prevent serious complications of the flu for seniors.
The flu virus is an annual international occurrence, and the efficacy of flu shots is controversial often the vaccine does not counter the particular strain, as in the winter of 2003-2004. Flu: Alternative Treatments and Prevention includes alternative treatments for the flu, including Western herbalism, homeopathy, Asian dietary guidelines, acupuncture, body work, Tai Chi Chuan, and yoga. Written by child health expert Randall Neustaedter, it provides methods of prevention and proven strategies for treatment after exposure to the flu including how to make its duration shorter and less virulent if contracted.
This short, helpful guide not only defines the flu virus, the history of influenza, what constitutes an epidemic, and the makeup of viruses, but it also discusses preventive measures such as building a healthy immune system and what to do in case of a compromised immune system. By introducing alternative remedies and dietary measures which have proved successful in mitigating the effects of the flu, Dr. Neustaedter advises readers how to forestall contracting the virus.
About the Author
Dr. Randall Neustaedter has practiced holistic medicine for more than thirty years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a licensed acupuncturist and received his Doctorate in Oriental Medicine in Hong Kong.