Covid-19 is a new type of virus which belongs to the same family of viruses (Coronaviruses) that are the predominant cause of the common cold. In fact, Coronaviruses account for 20-30% of common colds and are spread in the same way, either in aerosol particles from coughing or sneezing, or by direct person to person contact, especially via the hands. Although vaccines are being hailed as the solution to Covid-19, the current outlook for discovering an effective one is uncertain, especially bearing in
Honeysuckle flowers(Lonicera japonica) or Jinyinhua (Gold Silver Flower) are a traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used for the treatment of respiratory infections, including influenza, and has recently been described by some medical researchers as potentially ‘virological penicillin’. In 2014 a team of researchers lead by Dr Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University published an article in the journal Cell Research (Nature) that Honeysuckle flower tea had been demonstrated to inhibit Influenza A viruses (IAV’s) – H1N1 (Swine flu pandemic, Sichuan, China in 2009), H5N1 (Avian
As Autumn approaches and the days rapidly get shorter, the erratic fluctuation between mild, but falling daytime temperatures and increasingly cold nights, means the body has to work harder to maintain its internal equilibrium. The body needs to adjust to the unstable external temperatures in order to maintain its immune defenses against opportunistic viruses and bacteria that thrive under these conditions. In other words, to stay healthy and maintain optimal immunity, the body must adapt effectively to the changing environment of this season.