Consumers are turning to an Indian remedy to ward off the flu bug ­ hot curries. Reports that flu sufferers can boost their immune systems by tucking into a chicken madras or a vindaloo have seen curry sales soar in some areas. Professor Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, said curries work by clearing flu germs from the system and blasting a path through the airways to relieve a blocked nose. "Anyone with a cold or flu will feel a lot better after a hot curry," he said. Somerfield has reported a 115% rise in sales of flu remedies and a 25% increase in sales of tissues. {{NEWS }}