Next, a report on supplements and herbs for cold and flu:
Cold and Flu Supplements
|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.|
|Vitamin C||3,000-6,000 mg daily, in divided doses.||Fights the virus and boosts immune function. Use a buffered form.|
|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.|
|ACES + Zn from Carlson Labs||As directed on label.||Contains vitamins A, C, and E, plus the minerals selenium and zinc.|
|Vitamin E plus carotenoid||200 IU daily.||Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.|
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Mineral supplements for Cold and Flu
|Calcium||1,500 mg daily.||To help relieve stress.|
|and magnesium||750-1,000 mg daily.|
|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.||Stimulates immune function to fight the virus. 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.
|Multimineral complex||As directed on label.||Minerals are needed for healing and for immune response.|
|Kelp||1,800-3,600 mg daily.||A rich source of necessary minerals.|
|Acidophilus or Kyo-Dophilus from Wakunaga||As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach.||Inhibits pathogenic organisms. To replace “friendly” bacteria.|
|Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga)||2 capsules 3 times daily.||A natural antibiotic and immune system enhancer.|
|Cold-X10 from Olympian Labs||As directed on label. (cold and flu herbs)||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. To fight viruses and build resistance to disease.|
|plus N-acetylcysteine||As directed on label.||A powerful antioxidant.|
|Olive leaf extract||As directed on label.||Supplements with antibiotic and antiviral properties.|
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*Herbs for Cold and Flu*
- 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. (cold and flu herbs)
- Wild Thought (Viola tricolor): Prepared as a tea or cough syrup, it is a good remedy for the common cold accompanied by fever and for congestion of the upper respiratory tract. This is especially true if you have a dry cough along with congestion. It has a high concentration of routine, which strengthens the capillary walls and can have some beneficial effect in the reduction of 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 (Eupatorium perfoliatum): a Native American herb. Eupatorium perfoliatum is indicated for patients with flu-like symptoms, with fever, but without perspiration and prolonged pain throughout the body. It is advisable to administer it in the form of granules with a medium dilution (9 CH), at the rate of 5 granules, every 2 hours, until its condition improves. They must be deposited under the tongue for proper absorption. Caution: Do not use boneet daily for more than a week.
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More Herbs for Cold and Flu
- Catnip and Lobelia: For fever, drink catnip tea and ¼ to ½ teaspoon of lobelia tincture, every three to four hours, until the fever goes down. This dose can also be used for children.
Caution: Lobelia should only be taken under the supervision of a doctor, 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 also avoid lobelia.
- Cat’s claw: It is believed to eliminate viruses and bacteria that cause common diseases, such as the cold and the flu. On the other hand, the glycosides present in cat’s claw have anti-inflammatory properties. Cat’s claw strengthens and supports the intestinal and immune systems.
Caution: Do not use cat’s claw during pregnancy. (cold and flu herbs).
- Chuan xin lian: a Chinese herbal remedy also known as “andrographic anti-inflammatory tablets”, eliminates mucus from the respiratory tract.
- Echinacea and Goldenseal: At the first sign of a cold, use a combined extract of echinacea and gold seal without alcohol to stimulate your immune system and prevent the virus from multiplying. Place 8 to 10 drops in the mouth, hold it for five minutes and then swallow. Do this every three hours, for three days. Then take 8 to 10 drops of the liquid daily, until the symptoms disappear. In addition to fighting colds, the flu, bronchitis and other upper respiratory infections, echinacea is good for clearing 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.
Other Herbs for Cold and Flu
- Elderberry: recommended for upper respiratory tract infections and headaches associated with colds. It promotes sweating and can help relieve 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 useful for relieving congestion. Put 5 or 6 drops in a pot with boiling water, and inhale the steam. It is best to place a towel on your head and inhale the steam deeply through the nose, for three to five minutes (careful not to burn) Rosemary and sage oils can be added to eucalyptus oil, to help break up decongestion . (cold and flu herbs).
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.
- Tea tree: 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 a day.
You can also take up to 2 lozenges of tea tree oil and allow them to dissolve slowly in your mouth. Repeat this treatment as many times as necessary, alternating with gold seal extract.
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.