Nutrients and Herbs for Cold and Flu

Nutrients Cold and Flu

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

Herpanacine from Diamond-Herpancine Associates (Nutrients Cold and Flu) As directed on label. Proven effective in treating and stopping the outbreak of herpes. It contains many of the nutrients listed in this table.
L-lysine 500 mg twice daily. Fights the virus that causes cold sores.
Caution: Do not take lysine for longer than 6 months at a time. Do not take lysine pills if you are pregnant or nursing. Nutrients Cold and Flu.
L-lysine cream Apply topically as directed on label. This amino acid fights herpes-viruses.
Vitamin B complex 100-150 mg of each major B vitamin twice daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Important for healing and immune function. Use a high-stress formula.

Zinc lozenges

1 15-mg lozenge every 3 waking hours for 2 days, then 2 lozenges daily until healed. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Stimulates immune function to fight the virus. Zinc is absorbed quickly in lozenge form.
Acidophilus or Kyo-Dophilus from Wakunaga As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Inhibits pathogenic organisms.
Colloidal silver Apply topically as directed on label. An antiseptic and antibiotic that destroys bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and promotes healing.
Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga) 2 capsules 3 times daily. Acts as a natural antibiotic and immunity enhancer.

Vitamin C

3,000-6,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Fights the virus and boosts immune function. Use a buffered form.
Calcium 1,500 mg daily. To help relieve stress.
and magnesium 750-1,000 mg daily.
Essential fatty acids As directed on label. Aids skin in healing.
Herp-Eeze from Olympian Labs As directed on label. Contains lignans, nordihydrogualaretic acid (NDGA), and other phytonutrients. Has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobal properties.
Maitake extract As directed on label. To fight viruses and build resistance to disease.
Or shiitake extract As directed on label.
or reishi extract As directed on label.

Multivitamin and mineral complex

As directed on label. All nutrients are necessary in balance.
Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Needed for healing of tissue in mouth and lip area. Use emulsion forms for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses.
plus carotenoid complex
and vitamin E 200 IU daily. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

ACES + Zn from Carlson Labs As directed on label. Contains vitamins A, C, and E, plus the minerals selenium and zinc.
Vitamin A 15,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Helps heal inflamed mucous membranes and strengthens the immune system.
plus carotenoid complex (Betatene) As directed on label. Antioxidants and precursors of vitamin A.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 5,000-20,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Fights cold viruses. For children, use buffered vitamin C or calcium ascorbate.
Zinc lozenges For adults and children, 1 15-mg lozenge every 3 waking hours for 3 days, then 1 lozenge every 4 hours for 1 week. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Boosts the immune system. Keep these on hand and use them at the first sign of a cold.
Note: Avoid lozenges containing citric acid, sorbitol, or mannitol. These ingredients inhibit absorption.
Free form amino acid As directed on label To supply needed protein for healing.
plus N-acetylcysteine As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant.
Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga) 2 capsules 3 times daily. A natural antibiotic and immune system enhancer.

L-lysine

500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Aids in destroying viruses and preventing cold sores in and around the mouth.
Caution: Do not take lysine for longer than six months at a time.
Acidophilus As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. To replace “friendly” bacteria.
(Kyo-Dophilus from Wakunaga) As directed on label. For adults.
Cold-X10 from Olympian Labs As directed on label. A combination of nutrients, herbal extracts, and enzymes that boost the immune system and fight viral and bacterial infection.
Maitake extract As directed on label. Mushrooms with immune-boosting and antiviral properties.
or shiitake extract As directed on label
or reishi extract As directed on label.

Multimineral complex

As directed on label. Minerals are needed for healing and for immune response.
or kelp 1,800-3,600 mg daily. A rich source of necessary minerals.
Multivitamin complex with vitamin B complex 50-100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). For healing and to reduce stress.
Olive leaf extract As directed on label. Supplements with antibiotic and antiviral properties.

 

Herbs Cold and Flu

❑ For cold sores, use echinacea, goldenseal, pau d’arco, and red clover. Echinacea stimulates the immune system and may also aid in preventing an outbreak.

Cautions: Do not take echinacea for longer than three months. It should not be used by people who are allergic to ragweed. Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time. Do not use it during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctor’s supervision.

❑ Lemon balm contains a high concentration of polyphenols and appears to minimize herpes outbreaks. It can be applied topically in cream form. Or brew lemon balm tea and apply it directly to the sore. Taken internally, lemon balm tea has antiviral qualities.

❑ Olive leaf extract is good as a natural antibiotic for viral infections.

❑ Astragalus, native to Mongolia and China, helps promote the multiplication of the white blood cells that are vital for fighting infection.
Caution: Do not use astragalus in the presence of a fever.

❑ Wild pansy (Viola tricolor) grows wild in Europe, North Africa, the Near East, and parts of North America. When prepared as a tea or cough syrup, it is a good remedy for the common cold accompanied by fever, and for upper respiratory tract congestion. This is especially true if you have a dry cough along with the congestion. It has a high concentration of rutin, which strengthens capillary walls, and may have some beneficial effect in reducing arteriosclerosis.

To make tea, pour 2 cups of hot water over 2 teaspoons of wild pansy, steep for ten minutes, and strain. Drink a cup of the tea two or three times a day after meals for a period of eight weeks. As a cough syrup, make an infusion by adding 1 ½ tablespoons of tea to ¾ cup of water and 1 ½ tablespoons of syrup. Take 1 tablespoon of this mixture three times daily.

❑ Boneset, a Native American herb, may be used to treat a fever.

Caution: Do not use boneset on a daily basis for more than one week, as long-term use can lead to toxicity.

❑ For fever, take catnip tea enemas and ¼ to ½ teaspoon of lobelia tincture every three to four hours until the fever drops. This dosage can be used for children also.

Caution: Lobelia is only to be taken under supervision of a health care professional as it is potentially toxic. People with high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, seizure disorders, or shortness of breath should not take lobelia. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid lobelia as well.

❑ Cat’s claw is useful for easing the symptoms of a cold.

Caution: Do not use cat’s claw during pregnancy.

❑ Chuan xin lian, a Chinese herbal remedy also known as Andrographis Anti-Inflammatory Tablets, clears the mucus from the respiratory tract.


❑ At the first sign of a cold, use an alcohol-free echinacea and goldenseal combination extract to boost your immune system and keep the virus from multiplying. For adults, place one dropperful in the mouth, hold it for five minutes, then swallow. Do this every three hours for three days. For children, place 8 to 10 drops in the mouth; hold it for a few minutes (or as long as the child can manage), and then swallow. Do this every two hours for three days. Then take 8 to 10 drops of the liquid daily until symptoms are gone. Besides beating colds, flu, bronchitis, and other upper respiratory tract infections, echinacea is good for clearing up strep throat.

Cautions: Do not take echinacea for longer than three months. It should not be used by people who are allergic to ragweed. Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time. Do not use it during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctor’s supervision.

❑ Elderberry is recommended for upper respiratory tract infections and headaches associated with colds. It promotes sweating and can help to break a fever. Research has found that elderberry is effective against colds because it contains antioxidant flavonoids that protect cell walls against foreign substances.

❑ Eucalyptus oil is helpful for relieving congestion. Put 5 drops in a hot bath, or put 6 drops in 2 cups of boiling water and inhale the steam. It is best to remove the boiling water from the stove, then place a towel over your head and inhale deeply through your nose for three to five minutes (be careful not to get too close to the source of the hot steam—it can cause burns). Rosemary and sage oils can be added to the eucalyptus oil to aid in breaking up decongestion. Nutrients Cold and Flu.

Caution: Do not use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder, or are pregnant or nursing.

❑ Ginger, pau d’arco, slippery elm, and yarrow tea can help the common cold.

❑ Hyssop, an evergreen that can be taken as a tea, acts as an expectorant and has antiviral properties.

❑ Mullein is useful for coughs and congestion.

❑ Red clover helps clear accumulated toxins in the lymphatic system that may cause congestion and inflammation.

❑ For a sore throat, add 3 to 6 drops of pure tea tree oil to warm water and gargle. Repeat this up to three times daily. Take up to 2 tea tree oil lozenges and allow them to dissolve slowly in your mouth. Repeat this treatment as often as required, alternating it with goldenseal extract. These products can be found in most health food stores.
Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time. Do not use it during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctor’s supervision.

❑ Wild cherry bark soothes a cough. Nutrients Cold and Flu.