Influenza (commonly called "flu") has been a scourge to mankind for centuries. As recently as 1918, a flu epidemic killed over 25 million people world wide. More often, the flu causes fever, chills, aching joints, and nausea. Symptoms last for a week or more. But new research on the ancient herb elderberry now suggests that we can fight the flu -- and eliminate these symptoms within 1 or 2 days.
ELDERBERRY: Nature's Flu Fighter
Among the placebo group, only 8% of patients improved within 24 hours and it was a full 6 days before 90% of the patients were cured.
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ELDERBERRY -- ANCIENT HERBAL REMEDY
Shakespeare refers to the common Medieval belief that Judas was hanged on an Elder tree, and, according to Langland's 14th century Vision of Piers Ploughman:
Judas he japed with Jewen silver
This tradition seems strange, given the diminutive size of the Elder tree -- mentioned in another Medieval couplet:
Ever bush and never tree
This rhyme refers to both the size of the elder tree and the legend that the Cross on Calvary was made of elder wood.
It is, perhaps, not surprising that a tree valued today for its medicinal fruit should have been valued in antiquity for its magical properties, and Danish legend holds that the Dryad Hylde-Moer lived in the elder tree and would haunt any who dared make houses or furniture from elder wood. Gypsies would not burn elder wood, and elder was thought to drive away witches and to offer protection against devils
Flu outbreaks are characterized by their epidemic nature. As many as 40% of a population may be victims of the flu during a 5-6 week period. Although vaccinations offer some protection, they are often ineffective. As many as half of those vaccinated may suffer complications, and the wily flu viruses can have varied structures which are not affected by the antibodies produced in response to the vaccine.
Elderberry, on the other hand, is safe, natural, and appears to work against a wide variety of flu viruses. In addition to clinical studies, laboratory experiments show that elderberry neutralizes flu viruses in petri dishes and cures the flu in mice. Best results are obtained when elderberry is taken at the onset of flu symptoms. So don't delay. Stock your medicine cabinet, and be prepared to fight the flu.