Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Elderberry As Alternative Medicine

Elderberry As Alternative Medicine

Elderberry is an alternative medicine that has been used for centuries since the times of Hippocrates. This herb is derived from the fruit of the black elder plant to treat colds, influenza and sinus. In Israel elderberry is sold as Sambucol an herbal medicine for flu and colds symptoms.

  1. It is an effective treatment for upper respiratory infections.
  2. It is a laxative and cleanser for the intestines.
  3. It is an immune system booster.
  4. Its inner bark is a remedy for epilepsy.

Elderberry is available as capsules, tablets, extract, tea and tinctures. This herb is usually safe and has few known reactions with prescribed drugs. To make a tea from the flowers add 3 to 5 g of the petals to 250 ml of boiling water and steep for 15 minutes. Drinking this tea can ease twitching and eye inflammation. Very often this herb is used in combination with Echinacea to boost the body’s immunity.

Elderberry can reduce the duration of a cold or flu. However, the leaves, bark, raw berries and seeds are highly toxic due to their cyanide content. Elderberry is a powerful alternative medicine but caution must be exercised.

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