Herbal help for the common cold and flu?
Is there a cure for the common cold? Not yet, but the natural remedy Andrographis, an Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) herb, might go a long way towards it.
Do sore throats, runny noses, earache, fever, congested lungs, muscle aches and sleeplessness sound familiar? They’re all common symptoms of flu – and Andrographis may help with all of them.
What is Andrographis?
Andrographis was sometimes called the Indian ‘Echinacea’ because it was so effective with common colds and flu. It was even credited with helping to stop the spread of the Indian flu during the major epidemic of 1919.
How does Andrographis work?
Scientific research on Andrographis provides evidence that it helps to stimulate the immune system, and may help to protect against viral infections.
Take Andrographis throughout autumn and winter to help avoid colds and flu, or to help speed up your recovery from them.
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