Natural News – February 24, 2019 by: Tracey Watson
What is elderberry?
With a medical history dating all the way back to Hippocrates, “the father of medicine,” elderberry has a deserved reputation as a potent immune booster.
Sambucus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. The different species of Sambucus arecommonly called elderberry or elder. The berries and flowers of the elder plant are used as medicine. …
Sambucus nigra is the full scientific name of the most common variety used for medicinal purposes. Sambucus nigra is the species on which the majority of scientific research has been conducted. It’s a deciduous tree growing up to 32 feet tall with cream-white flowers and blue-black berries.
Elderberry is commonly available from health food stores and online in syrup, tea, wine and juice form. It is also available as infusions, sprays, pills, lozenges, etc. (Related: Elderberry is an effective treatment for colds and flu.)
The science doesn’t lie
Elderberry is a potent antiviral that is such a good immune booster that people with autoimmune diseases are actually warned not to use it because of its immune stimulating properties.
Studies have confirmed its effectiveness against both influenza A and B (a feat which the influenza shot seems to be incapable of), resistant and non-resistant staph infections, herpes simplex, and many others.
Elderberry has good, old-fashioned, published science to back it up. Natural Health 365reported:
The science is solid. For example, an Israeli double-blind study found that patients taking elderberry at the onset of flu-like symptoms saw improvement within 48 hours, as compared to those receiving a placebo who took 6 days to begin seeing improvement.
This fits in well with a similar Norwegian study that found that patients receiving elderberry began to recover four days earlier than those who received the placebo.
During a severe flu outbreak in Israel between 1992 and 1993, health practitioners achieved a perfect cure rate by giving patients black elderberry extract as soon as they began exhibiting symptoms. The study performed in Oslo, Norway, in 2002 reported very similar findings. In both studies, patients were cured within 48 hours.
In contrast, Tamiflu – an antiviral medication – usually takes around five days to cure people with the flu, while those who take no medication will usually start getting better after about six days. (Related: Elderberry trumps Tamiflu for flu remedy.)
Elderberry also has potent antioxidant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, cleansing and mild laxative properties. It is also loaded with vitamin C, flavonoids and fruit acids. Its ability to induce profuse sweating also makes it an invaluable aid in naturally breaking a fever.
So, if winter colds and flu are starting to get you down, don’t despair. Curl up on the couch in front of the TV with a lovely hot cup of elderberry tea and let nature take care of the problem.