I was reading this article on what happens when your body is infected with the flu. Did you know that echinacea is most effective in the early stages of the flu?

It helps mobilize your body's immune system so it is less helpful when you are already in full fledged symptoms. There are several Chinese Herbal formulas used to help treat colds and flu. Chuan Xin Lian is often used when your predominate symptom is a sore throat. Gan Mao Ling is also a great antiviral formula. If you find that you are experiencing frequent colds or flu, Yu Ping Feng San might be the formula for you! A Chinese herbalist can help you pick the correct formula to get over your symptoms faster. However, the best treatment (as this article suggests) is often fluids and rest. Flush that virus out!