Tamiflu has been show to speed recovery from influenza A and B by up to 18 hours. If my Wikipdedia-ing is correct, it works by making it hard for the flu virus to jump from cell to cell.
The active agent in Tamiflu is made available from shikimic acid found in Star Anise, and up to 90% of the world’s supply of Star Anise has been used to make this medicine.
Mind you, I am a bartender and not a doctor, so I am not recommending booze to fight a viral infection, but I do think I’ll add Star Anise to my next Hot Toddy…
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