Act quickly and know when your supplements are at their most effective. Many natural remedies such as Echinacea, Yin Chiao San, and homeopathic cold & flu medications work far more effectively (or only at all) when taken in the first stages of illness.
Use foods medicinally. Nourishing foods such as meat, fish, and vegetable broths soothe all kinds of illness; raw fermented products provide immune function through good gut health; raw honey and garlic are natural antibacterials; and homemade honey, lemon and ginger drinks are great at clearing sinuses, soothing sore stomachs, and calming chest and throat infections.
Slow down and allow your body to get better. Rest is crucial to the rehabilitation process of any illness. Avoiding both stress and strenuous exercise is also important as heavy mental or physical exertion can overly tax your weakened body and lower immune function
When in doubt, don’t self-medicate. Even the most commonly used natural treatments have contraindictions for some people. For instance, herbs such as Chamomile, Goldenseal and Echinacea may be harmful for people with certain plant hayfever allergies. Garlic may pose complications for people needing to avoid blood thinners. For the best and safest results, ask your practitioner what remedies work best for you.
Don’t assume that all supplement products are made equally. Be discerning about the quality. For instance, many popular Vitamin C products (particularly drinks, lozenges, and chewables) are loaded with sugars and even artificial additives. Such ingredients actually weaken your immune system and will likely counteract the positive effects of the vitamins.
Don’t presume that more is better. Only take supplement dosages according to your practitioners advice. While some patients do actually need extremely high doses of vitamins the average person does not; and the incorrect ratio of one vitamin or mineral over another will likely cause a deficiency in other crucial vitamins or minerals.