For the people like myself who do not believe in the flu vaccine (too dangerous, future article) there are alternative and preventative measures you can take. The following herbs have a 3000 to 5000 year history of preventing and curing disease. These herbs should be used daily especially during the cold flu season months (Oct.-May.) or as soon as symptoms start appearing. For the prevention of the flu or cold or curtailing full-blown development of symptoms you can take the following herbs as directed on the herb label.

Echinacea is effective as an herbal supplement in that it effectively stimulates the immune system, which when strengthened responds effectively to the infective virus particle plus there is some evidence that it could prevent colds and flu if taken in conjunction with garlic supplements, according to an article in the Journal of the National Medical Association

Garlic boosts the health of your immune system and a number of studies have found that animals given regular doses of garlic are better able to ward off viruses like the flu and various strains of rhinovirus, the kind responsible for the common cold.

Andrographis is used in Ayurvedic medicine in India. Traditionally used to treat upper respiratory infections and sinusitis, andrographis was shown in a recent study to reduce the symptoms of coughs, sore throats, headache and fever. Andrographis may also help reduce the severity and duration of the flu, according to a 2003 study. All clinical studies regarding the herbs in this article are available upon request. A healthy immune system is the best defense against illness.

Please be advised that at times vitamins and herbs can interact with prescribed medications. If you have a concern about interactions consult with Dr. Kevin Kilday, PhD, your Doctor or Pharmacist.

Dr. Kevin Kilday, PhD, Director of Holistic Health Center,, Ph. 321-549-0711, Email:, Natural Solutions for Cancer, Pain and Chronic Health Conditions.