Elderberry has been well-known and used regularly among the “hippie mom” group for as long as people can remember. The majority of people are now beginning to hear about Elderberry and its anti-bacterial and anti-viral uses. If you don’t want to do all of the Google research to find out about the medical studies which have been published, please allow me to help you by putting a few articles in one place. I will preface all of this information with I am not a medical professional. I do believe there is a beautiful balance between Eastern and Western medicine.
This first study (link here) shows Elderberry flavonoids bind to the H1N1 virus and block their ability to attach themselves to the host cells. Published Phytochemistry. 2009 Jul;
In this study (link here), 60 people with flu-like symptoms took 15 milliliters (ml) of elderberry syrup four times a day. Their symptoms improved 4 days before the people who took a placebo. J Int Med Res. 2004 Mar-Apr
Supplementation with elderberry was found to substantially reduce upper respiratory symptoms in this study (link here). Complement Ther Med. 2019 Feb
In another study (link here), it was shown elderberry has the ability to not only fight strep and influenza, but may also inhibit it. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011
A double-blind, randomized control trial looked at whether elderberry extract could prevent people from experiencing cold-like symptoms after traveling on an airplane. Nutrients. 2016 Apr
This last article reminds us that in 400 BCE, Hippocrates referred to the elder tree as his “medicine chest.” Other noted classical healers, including Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Galen, regarded the elder as one of nature’s greatest healing plants. This plant has been used for over 2,000 years! Mother Earth also known as Gaea (Gaia) makes so many of her own beautiful medications and only in recent times (within the last 100 years) have we stopped looking to her to help us recover.
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