Everyone is familiar with the signs of a cold: a dripping nose, a scratchy throat, a hacking cough, watery eyes, and so on.
It may come as a surprise to hear that the common cold isn’t as frequent as we like to believe if you have most or all of these symptoms. Although numerous forms of cold viruses have been found, more than a hundred types of rhinoviruses are still known to science. Your hard this week might not be the same virus that is ‘running around,’ even though the symptoms are identical.
Given how herbs function, the wide range of viruses is mainly irrelevant. In most cases, herbs strengthen the immune system and help the body fight off the pathogen. Since antibiotics work against bacteria but not viruses, this is encouraging news.
You need to strike back with some critical, excellent nutrition when you wake up thinking, “They’re going to get you today” because your throat or sinuses feel somewhat inflamed.
Many of us were taught the adage, “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” This aphorism was shortened and jumbled up in the process. The old saying goes, “If you feed a cold, you will have to starve a fever.”
Precaution is better than treatment. High Potency Garlic is odor-controlled (not the same as deodorized) garlic. Therefore, I highly recommend it throughout cold and flu season. This garlic is just as effective as regular garlic but without the pungent smell. Since ancient times, garlic has been called “Russian penicillin” for its antibacterial properties. It is effective against many viruses and can be taken by the general public as a preventative measure. If even the hint of garlic on your breath is too much to bear, you may wish to consider LYM-MX (see below). These vitamins and herbs work together to keep your immune system “ready” to fight off potential threats before they even materialize.
I recommend drinking only healthy fluids during a virus infection’s first three days. Herbal teas, water, chlorophyll water, Zambroza (Thai Go), and juices that have been diluted are all good examples of healthy fluids. Zambroza (Thai Go), which contains mangosteen and goji berries, has been shown to boost immunity in scientific studies. The juices aren’t consumed for the vitamin C content; instead, the fluid is used to keep the mucus thin and liquid and to bathe the mucous membranes to assist in rinsing away some of the virus cells. Instead of starving a fever, a short healthy fluid fast can help you starve the cold.
At the first sign of a cold or flu, a half-hour of moderate exercise (walking is OK) followed by a half-hour of soaking in a steamy hot bath and then going to sleep is an excellent plan. If you do this, your cold should end pretty quickly!
Getting an enema early in the process of ‘coming down with anything’ is another beneficial strategy. I believe that we earn the colds we get rather than contracting them. The viruses eat anything they can get their hands on. They feed on trash. Your body should not have an internal garbage dump that attracts viruses if it receives adequate nutrition and effectively eliminates metabolic waste. When you cough up mucus when you have a cold, some of it is waste products that have been building up for a while. The accumulation of waste in the colon during the onset of cold symptoms can be alleviated by an enema, shortening the duration and severity of the illness. The level of complexity required is as high as warm water. Before you conduct an enema, take some probiotics (such as Bifidophilous Flora Force or Probiotic Eleven) to replenish your healthy gut bacteria. Yogurt won’t work here. It lacks sufficient strength.
Everyone has heard of Linus Pauling and his research on vitamin C. According to his findings, vitamin C can help the body’s immune system. As early as 1948, when patients with poliomyelitis were given doses of 6,000 to 20,000 mg of vitamin C along with Bioflavonoids (Citrus Bioflavonoids), it was established that Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids was effective in virus epidemics. Those who took the vitamin did not develop paralysis or other disabling symptoms. At the first sign of a cold, I advise taking six to ten daily tablets until bowel tolerance.
You can use LYM-MX daily as a preventative measure, and increase your dosage if you notice any signs of illness developing. In a foundation of cleavers, alfalfa, chamomile, echinacea, parthenium, Siberian ginseng, yarrow, lecithin, garlic, and CoQ10, it contains beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin D, and magnesium. When an infection is just starting, I use this one frequently. Additionally, it serves as a preventative shield. Educators and other people who interact with the public regularly can take this daily during winter to reduce their risk of getting sick.
SN-X could be helpful if you tend to get sinus infections when you have a cold. This is meant to alleviate the discomfort caused by sinus congestion from things like the common cold. Ingredients include a golden seal, capsicum, yerba santa, marshmallow, ginseng, yerba mate, and Fructus aurantia immature. (This recipe has a few warnings attached to it. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take it.
A cleanse is recommended if you find yourself getting sick frequently with colds. The Tiao He Pak is practical and quick to use. It is packaged in a box with 30 single-use packets. Taking one packet 15 minutes before eating one or two meals per day is recommended. The Tiao He Pak purges the liver, blood, and intestines.
People with weak immunological responses tend to have low chi and respond well to chi stimulation, at least in my experience. IMM-C (astragalus, Panax ginseng, epimedium, eucommia, Ganoderma, lycium fruit, Rehmannia, dang gui, achyranthes, atractylodes, citrus peel, Helen, ligustrum, ophiopogon, ho shou wu, polygala, schizandra, and licorice root) builds the chi (also known as the vital life energy) and boosts the immune response.
In addition, if you catch colds frequently, you should get tested for allergies. Vitamin C in high doses has been demonstrated to shorten the length of colds and make them less severe and more infrequent. It is only logical to investigate the source of the allergies and treat them accordingly.
Of course, there are a plethora of other herbs that can help with a cold. The number of possible items on the list could rival that of rhinoviruses. Over many years, these select individuals have earned our trust.
Practitioner, Master Herbalist, and Certified Iridologist Judith Cobb run Cobblestone Health Ltd. She is particularly proud of her role as a health coach, instructing clients on the wise use of natural herbs and supplements as part of a routine.