Treatments for Colds and Flu
The best treatment
for winter colds and influenza is prevention. But
don't despair if you're already inflicted.
There are many herbs, supplements, foods, and
lifestyle factors that are safe and effective for
prevention and treatment. This article will
focus on some of them.
Colds primarily involve
the upper respiratory organs, the throat, sinuses
and nasal passages. Cold symptoms can include
nasal discharge, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and fever.
Irregular bowel movements
and diarrhea can sometimes accompany colds
because of poor elimination of wastes from the body.
Often a cold is not
really a cold but simply a way your body is attempting to
eliminate excesses of fat, sugar and toxins that it cannot
is an extremely contagious respiratory illness with a wide
range of how sick you can become.
The flu includes
many of the same symptoms as colds along with body aches,
fatigue, flushing of the neck, face and chest, headache,
chills, vomiting and diarrhea. Flu symptoms
tend to be much worse than colds. The flu also
affects the same areas as colds, but usually produces more
generalized symptoms throughout the body. In some cases,
influenza involves the digestive organs.
Your immune system
determines the state of health or disease.
protects you from infection and foreign invaders
such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
When the immune system recognizes these invaders, it
triggers an innate immune response. When the immune
system is weak, you're susceptible to colds,
infections, and more serious illnesses. Weakened immunity
leaves the body vulnerable to attack from numerous
microbes surrounding you and inside of
What Weakens Immunity?
and suppress immune
health. Your immune
system can be weakened by:
Chemotherapy drugs, radiation, and
poor diet, junk food, and sugar
excessive exercise or lack of
drugs (recreational or medicinal)
poor lifestyle choices;
lack of a healthy rhythm to your life
stress and emotional turmoil and
negative mental patterns
chemicals and pesticides
high fat diets
hormone/steroid residues in meat and
frequent air travel
A healthy diet, positive attitude, healthy
emotional expression, good
sleep habits, appropriate herbs, moderate exercise,
a community of supportive friends and family, and
recreation and laughter can all boost the immune
Is Your Diet Helping or
Hindering Your Immunity?
Some people experience continual colds and
infections during the Fall and Winter, while others
are rarely affected. Yet both groups are often
exposed to the same viruses in the environment.
The difference in resistance is, to a large extent,
related to one's food and lifestyle choices.
Diet either strengthens or weakens natural
resistance, and raises or lowers the threshold of
Colds, flu, and other infections are much less
frequent among those who eat a naturally balanced
diet. Colds represent your body discharging
excesses from the diet. It is one way your body
cleanses. The accumulation of excess from a
poor quality diet provides fertile ground for the
many cold and flu viruses.
The key to preventing colds, flu, and other
infections is found in avoiding extremes in diet
that lead to recurring discharges and weakened
immunity. Attempting to isolate oneself from
the many viruses and bacteria that are present in
the environment is futile. You don't have to
move to a deserted island and avoid people for six
The most direct way to prevent infections and
strengthen resistance is through an environmentally
balanced diet, a nourishing lifestyle and effective
tools to transform stress. Try my
Winter Immune Boosting Soup
When cold symptoms involve the upper
respiratory system, throat, sinuses and nasal
passages, the primary causes are excessive amounts
concentrated sweeteners, fruit and
tomatoes, potatoes and other highly
ice cream, milk, yogurt
icy cold foods and beverages
When the symptoms affect the lungs and
middle of the body, including stomach, the primary
causes are excesses of all of the above plus:
Symptoms that affect the small and large
intestines are caused by over consumption of :
heavy animal fats
all of the above
Many people eat too much of all the
above. You may eat all of them. The key
is knowing which foods are appropriate for you and
how to counter the effects of those excesses on an
ongoing basis. Many people believe that
everything in moderation is okay. That word,
moderation, is too general. If you have health
problems, your idea of moderation may be
contributing to your problems. Believe it or
not, the above are not the only foods that exist.
What is a Balanced Diet?
Everyone needs their own individualized
version of diet based on age, all health conditions,
constitutional strengths and weaknesses, lifestyle
factors, activity level, and other factors.
There are foundational foods, however, that will
improve everyone's overall health. They
unprocessed grains daily such as brown
rice, barley, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, Hato
a variety of vegetables daily - at
least 4 cups daily;
To improve immunity, use chlorophyll-rich foods including all
dark leafy green vegetables such as kale, bok choy, collard
greens, watercress, mustard greens and dandelion
more cooked than raw vegetables
hormone, antibiotic and steroid free
meats in small quantities eaten with plenty of
animal foods are more balanced and
easier on your system when eaten in soups, stews,
stir-fries with plenty of vegetables;
healthier protein from beans,
legumes, tofu, tempeh, miso, nuts and seeds
(animal protein is not necessary);
fruits and fruit juices are optional
depending on one's condition. They create a
lot of mucus. Cold, weak,
deficient, frail people should minimize or
use of small amounts of unrefined
sea salt in cooking provides important
minerals and contributes to good digestion,
physical vitality and mental focus.
cow's milk products are best avoided
except small amounts for those who are
deficient, underweight, weak, and frail, and only if
digestion is strong.
Create a Personalized Plan
To determine the best foods and supplements
for your unique health, why not invest in a
consultation to create a personalized plan for
restoring your health .
You can eliminate a lot of guesswork, doctor's
visits, money spent on medications, and time lost
Holistic Health and Nutrition Counseling
is not one-size-fits-all.
Herbal and Other Treatments
All herbs and supplements should be taken 2 hours
apart from prescription medications. They are
not intended for use if you are pregnant or
always best to
consult with a professional
Winter Medicine Cabinet
specials or click on the individual links below.
It's best to be
prepared by keeping formulas on hand.
a tonic herb, strengthens resistance to colds, flus,
weakness and disease; builds energy and improves
digestion. It treats chronically weak lungs and
shortness of breath. Astragalus can be taken for
2-3 months at the onset of the cold and flu season.
Its usefulness is as a preventive. If you take
Astragalus once you have a cold or flu, your
symptoms will worsen.
Astragalus is more effective when combined with other herbs in a
is a great choice for preventing infections and allergies. It
combines Astragalus with Vitamin C, Zinc Citrate, Rose Hips,
Acerola, Siler and White Atractylodes. Take for two to three
months at the onset of cold/flu season.
take for immune
system enhancement and as an energy tonic. May be used for
fatigue, systemic weakness, night sweats, adrenal deficiency,
chills, muscle aches, and inability to concentrate; has
adptogenic properties; helps body adapt to stress; strengthens
weak lungs and immunity. This is a warming formula and
not appropriate for those with heat signs. Use
Quercetin is a potent antioxidant and flavonoid. Food sources
include apples, berries, grapefruit, onions and cabbage family
vegetables. Quercetin is also available as a supplement. One of
my favorite formulas is
Order here. Coenzyme Q10 is another antioxidant with
immune-boosting properties, but not as effective as Quercenol.
High chlorophyll-rich products improve immunity.
Supplement with algae (not for cold or weak people), chlorella,
spirulina, Vitamineral Greens, or cereal grasses. These contain
immune-enhancing, anti-inflammatory properties, and are abundant
in omega-3 and GLA fatty acids. Chlorella is the mildest
and blue green algae is the strongest.
Ganoderma Mushrooms (Reishi is Japanese name) are a supreme
immune tonic and fine for anyone to take. Inhibits bacteria and
viruses, protects body against stress, alleviates allergies,
bronchitis, chronic pneumonia; regenerates the liver. It is
anti-oxidant against free radicals. Revitalizes the body,
increasing inner stamina and strength.
contains Ganoderma, Astragalus, American Ginseng, Ginger, and licorice, and is a
superior immune tonic.
Treatment of Colds and Flu
is antibiotic, antiviral, antibacterial and
antiseptic. It is effective for treating colds,
fevers, flu, all infections and inflammations and is
immune enhancing. It is intended for use to treat
infections and NOT as a preventive. After 10 days it
will lose its effectiveness and should be
is antibiotic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It treats
infections, flus, liver congestion, inflammations. It is not
intended for long-term use.
The most effective formula I've used to treat cold and flu is
It contains Isatis, Echinacea, Platycodon, Goldenseal and
Ligusticum. I always keep this formula in my medicine cabinet.
treats colds and flu, fever,
sinus and chest congestion, coughing, headache, sore
throat, cold sores, and pharyngitis. It is
meant to be taken in the early stages of cold and
flu. This is one of the most effective
formulas I've ever taken and I wouldn't be without
Nasal Tabs 2
treats acute and chronic sinus congestion with thick, yellow
mucus; sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever, colds and flu; addresses
snoring due to facial congestion; treats earache due to sinus
blockage; treats sinus headache.
ventilates the lungs; dispels phlegm; stops coughing and
wheezing; treats acute and chronic bronchitis, asthma and
bronchial asthma; treats chronic cough with phlegm, wheezing and
chest pain associated with smoking and air pollution; cleanses
the lungs of accumulated contaminants from bacteria, virus,
smoking and air pollution; has anti-allergic and
Ginseng and Gecko
treats wheezing and cough associated with chronic
asthmatic conditions. May be useful for bronchial asthma,
asthmatic bronchitis, emphysema, and pulmonary tuberculosis.
Excellent for use during chronic phases of asthma; treats lung
qi deficiency with wheezing, cough, dampness, and heat. Tonifies
kidneys. Appropriate for use between acute asthmatic attacks .
Best to take this formula throughout winter to spring. Use Clear
Air for acute asthma attacks with yellow/green phlegm.
anti-inflammatory effect; dissolves necrotic tissue (blood
clots), arterial plaques, thins lung secretions; may reduce
fibrinolytic activity; treats chronic lung, ear, nose and
throat disorders and sinusitis; sprains, strains, edema,
postoperative inflammation, carpal tunnel syndrome, breast
engorgement, fibrocystic breast disease, venous inflammatory
disease, asthma, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory pain
conditions, leg ulcers, chronic headaches. Through
proteolytic activity digests scar tissue and speeds healing
response. Not recommended during pregnancy; caution should
be applied if using anti-coagulant drugs such as Coumadin, or if
you have gastrointestinal ulcers.
is anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. It can
improve symptoms of colds and influenza, keep it
from spreading, and speed up recovery.
Available at Health Food Stores.
manufactured by Boiron, is a homeopathic remedy that
decreases the duration and intensity of flu
symptoms. It helps prevent flu if taken at the
first sign of illness. Available at Health Food
Full listing of products for copius phlegm,
coughing, gastro intestinal flu
is anti-viral; however, it is not for everybody.
If you have a lot of heat
signs, fever, high cholesterol, high blood
pressure, migraines, prone to anger, thick yellow or
green mucus, eat a lot of animal food (including
cheese and eggs), have a normally warm body
temperature, and tendency toward constipation,
garlic will make your condition worse. Garlic
is effective for
cold, weak, deficient types with watery mucus,
chills, and tendency toward loose stools.
If you do have heat signs,
drink 3-4 cups peppermint tea a day. Eat a
liquid-based diet with vegetable soups, lightly
steamed and raw vegetables, some fruit (especially
grapefruit and lemons) and fruit juice or vegetable
If you have more cold signs,
eat a simple diet with grain and vegetable soups,
homemade chicken soup (canned versions are not
effective) with vegetables; fish soup
with vegetables; steamed or roasted parsnips;
horseradish, scallions, and other warming foods and
Ginger Tea eases
headaches, muscle aches, indigestion, gas, and will
help stave off the chills of a cold or flu.
When experiencing cold and flu symptoms, drink 3
cups of ginger tea daily. Chop or grate one
teaspoon ginger and simmer in a covered pot with 1
1/2 cup of water for 6-8 minutes. The ginger
teabags sold in stores will not be effective.
Use fresh ginger.
Nasal irrigation with salt water is highly recommended
for people with sinus issues. Neti pots
and similar products should never be shared. They should be
washed with hot soapy water after each use. I recommend pouring
boiling water through your neti pot before using. Distilled or
filtered water is recommended for the nasal cavity. Use
1/3 teaspoon sea salt to one cup of warm water. Add 1/3
teaspoon baking powder for a more soothing effect. You can
also put this solution in a spray bottle or eye dropper and use
throughout the day to irrigate sinus passages. Make fresh daily.
XLEAR Nasal Spray
Unexpressed and unresolved emotions contribute to
head congestion and weaken your resistance.
Your body is not separate from your mind and
emotions. Each aspect affects the others.
Get in touch with your feelings; find positive
pathways through them; learn to effectively
communicate your feelings with others. Learn
to forgive and let go.
Often negative emotions precede sickness. When
they are ignored they will
persist. Emotions are a guidance system,
letting you know how close to
balance you are. If you do not listen to the
messages behind the feelings and make appropriate
changes, eventually something has to break down in
your physical health.
Creative energies that are stifled or blocked can
cause the same health issues.
Learn to relax mentally and to express your emotions
in healthy ways. Take care of things you've
been avoiding or putting off. These are vital
to good health.
lack of relaxation, fun, and joy affects everyone's
health. You need a balance between work and
rest, giving and receiving, being active and being
passive. Sickness has a way of putting you flat
on your back as a means to give you the rest and
balance that you may not be willing to give
yourself. There are many positive insights for
you in every problem.
Start today to make small consistent changes in your
choices. In no time you'll experience positive
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