Herbal Formula to Combat Flu and Vomiting
FV™ is designed to support the digestive system by settling the stomach from occasional upset. It also provides nutritional support for the immune system and the digestive system. This combination helps to relieve muscle spasms, soothe muscle pain, relieve nausea and other influenza symptoms, fight infections, and promote the production of digestive fluids.
Here is a description of the ingredients in this formula and how they function.
This common spice herb has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years as a remedy for digestive disorders, nausea, and fever. It has a pungent flavor and research has demonstrated it can be very effective at soothing the stomach to relieve nausea and vomiting. It can be helpful for motion sickness, morning sickness and the flu. It helps to stimulate digestion and circulation throughout the abdominal area. Ginger is also helpful for regulating blood sugar, aiding circulation and for reducing inflammation.
Also known as cayenne pepper, capsicum is widely regarded as the purest herbal stimulant. Like ginger, it stimulates circulation and digestion and has anti-inflammatory effects. Surprizingly, capsicum can actually help to counter stomach irritation and has long been used to treat ulcers. Capsicum contains the stinging phenol capsaicin, which is responsible for the capsicum’s uncommon anti-inflammatory and even pain-relieving properties. Taken in combination with soothing herbs such as licorice and golden seal, and also when ingested in capsules, capsicum can provide its benefits with a minimum of sting.
Goldenseal’s contains isoquinoline alkaloids, with hydrastine and berberine being the most important. Berberine stimulates bile flow and has antimicrobial properties. Hydrastine tones mucus membranes. Goldenseal can be helpful against staph, strep, E. coli, and giardia (a parasite which causes diarrhea). It stimulates digestive secretions and appetite and helps to settle an acid stomach.
The sweet-tasting root of licorice has soothing anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to treat ulcers, acid indigestion and irritation of the throat. It has traditionally been used for food poisoning, as well. It soothes stomach upset and eases indigestion. Licorice is also very anti-inflammatory and soothing to mucus membranes of the digestive tract.
To settle the stomach during flu or other digestive upset take three capsules every two hours until relief is obtained. High doses are usually well-tolerated, so you can probably use up to 10-12 capsules a day. The formula can also be taken for digestive upset. Use two capsules with meals two to three times a day.
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