Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for Common cold (rhinitis, acute coryza)

Common Cold
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT - COMMON COLD

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for common cold and cough

Common cold (other names used are rhinitis, acute coryza, Pharyngitis, Upper Respiratory Infection, URI) is one of the most common and highly contagious viral infections (sometimes it may be a bacterial infection). It is nothing but the inflammation in the lining of the upper respiratory tract, specifically the nasal passages.

Common cold can be caused by any of the 200 or so viruses. These viruses are so small that they easily pass through  the vast network of filters that are located in your nasal passages. These filters are usually able to trap the much larger in size bacteria. Once these viruses invade, they grow rapidly and make your life miserable by giving the typical cold symptoms as they attack the nose and throat. Finally, by the time your body’s immune system has wiped out these viruses, you realize that this so called ‘common cold’ has eaten up almost 7-10 important days of your life.

Coughing and sneezing in a confined space can easily spread this infection, as the mucus in the nose and throat of cold sufferers is full of these viruses. Although, there is a general notion that cold viruses invade through lips and mouth, it is not the truth. Actually, the primary points of entry of these viruses are the nose and eyes. Basically what happens is this; as these viruses can survive for several hours on objects like doorknobs, telephones etc, they are picked up by you when you touch any of these previously infected objects (obviously used by someone with a cold) and transferred to your respiratory system when you rub your nose or eyes with your contaminated hands. After a few days, when the infection has had time to incubate in your body, you now are 100% ready to suffer yourselves and also unleash these deadly viruses to the world. Simple!!

The chances of you catching the infection increase dramatically if you are under stress, exhausted, suffering from a chronic sickness or depression, as all of these reduce your immunity levels drastically. Remember, getting wet or becoming chilled do not cause colds, but the stress produced by them definitely plays a part in lowering resistance to these deadly viruses.

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in common cold and cough

FluGo

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves symptoms of the flu or cold including cough; runny nose; fever; sore throat and fatigue.

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ComfiCoff

Promote comfort in the throat and chest - suitable for children and adults.

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ImmunityPlus

Promotes healthy immune system functioning and helps fight viral and bacterial infections.

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Symptoms of common cold and cough

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Blocked nose

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Frequent or continuous sneezing

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Nasal discharge. Initially, it is watery and clear, gradually it becomes thick and yellow-greenish in color

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Itching in the nasal passage

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Slight fever or feeling feverish or general malaise (feeling discomfort)

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Runny eyes

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Head congestion

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Sore throat (not always and usually the throat gets sore after a day or two)

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Causes of common cold and cough

You may get infected from these viruses due to any of the following reasons.

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Touching or sharing the already infected objects and then rubbing your eyes or nose with these hands

Natural remedies for Common cold (rhinitis, acute coryza) & causes. Stress – stress plays an important role in determining whether or not your respiratory system can effectively repel the invasion of a cold virus.

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When an infected person coughs or sneezes near about you, especially in a confined space

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Winters – for reasons explained above

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Babies in their first year usually catch cold around six times

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Young boys till the age of three and girls after three are generally found to be more susceptible to colds

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Children attending day care

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Generally, young girls and childless women have more colds than their male counterparts

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Depression, exhaustion and chronic sickness, all bring down your immunity and therefore lower your resistance towards cold viruses

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in common cold and cough

Over the counter medicines like paracetamol, are often used to treat common cold symptoms. However, this form of common cold remedy may come with side effects. Decongestant drugs can be very effective, but cause side-effects like increased irritability and hyperactivity. They can also over-dry the nose and mucus membranes - causing discomfort.

It is also important to remember that all of the symptoms of colds and flu (e.g. coughing, sneezing and running nose) are nature's way of trying to drive the virus from the body and one should therefore take medicines like cough suppressants and decongestants with caution as they can prolong the illness and even make it worse in the long run.

Herbs and herbal teas are natural antagonists against colds and frankly speaking, your best friends in cold. Natural cold remedies are considered the safest and most effective. A lot of these common herbs have excellent antiviral and antibacterial properties, are natural nasal decongestants, bring on sweat by inducing slight fever (fever indicates your body is fighting out against infections), relieve the headache associated with colds, have expectorant qualities and most importantly stimulate the immune system to stand up against the infection.

The use of these herbs is a time-tested and honored approach to strengthening the body and treating cold. These remedies can soothe common cold symptoms and speed up recovery! Herbs such as Echinacea purpurea, Inula helenium and Withania somnifera are commonly used for their antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties and their excellent ability to support the immune system.

These herbs work as a tonic for the immune system and are an extremely successful common cold remedy. Herbal and homeopathic ingredients such as Mentha piperita, Yarrow, Nux vom., Alium cepa, Influenzinum and Baccillum also work effectively to relieve common cold symptoms and help the body get back on the road to recovery.

Herbal supplements & homeopathic medicines for Common cold (rhinitis, acute coryza). Usually people fall pray to cold viruses more in winter than any other season. Actually, winters as such have nothing to do with it directly. Indirectly? Yes, as there is more crowding indoors and fresh air flow is highly restricted, the infection spreads very fast. Also, the immunity levels are down in winders.

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Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow) has been used since ancient Greek and Roman times. It contains large sugar molecules called mucilage which exert a soothing effect on mucous membranes.

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Sambucus Nigra (Elder) - Flowers and berries of common elder together contain tannins, mucilage, flavonoids and vitamin A and C. Thus common elder has excellent expectorant properties and also relieves the body of toxins. It also promotes sweating, thereby reducing the temperature in fever.

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Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice Root) is a highly respected remedy with a variety of uses. Apart from strengthening the action of other herbs, licorice has long been known for it’s ability to soothe and calm irritable respiratory tracts. In addition Licorice root has powerful immune-boosting properties, helping the body to fight against infection.

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Kali. Mur. (6C) is a biochemic tissue salt that is very useful in keeping chests and throats clear of mucous. Kali. Mur. is also well known for its cleansing properties.

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Ferrum Phos. (6C) is another biochemic tissue salt which has many uses in the body. The most important benefits are in the ability of Ferrum Phos. to keep the body clear of infection and maintain respiratory health. Ferrum Phos. also helps to keep the walls of the blood vessels strong and healthy. These tissue salts improve the body's ability to distribute oxygen-rich blood and iron to all cells, thereby facilitating healing. An excellent Tissue Salt for the maintenance of respiratory health, Ferrum Phos. is often seen as one of the most important tissue salts to keep in the family medicine chest.

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Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato) - Hypoxis contains phytosterols and sterolins, which help to modulate the effect of the immune system. Research has shown the beneficial effect of plant sterols and sterolins on the immune system. Research done on a group of volunteers demonstrated a significant increase in the number of T-cells, which are involved in enhancing immunity.

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Agothosma betulina (Buchu) - This is a urinary antiseptic and possesses diuretic properties. Buchu has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of South Africa for many centuries and assists the body to rid itself of toxins by stimulating the secretion of retained water.

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Solidago virgaurea - This herb helps the body in its ability to routinely regulate mucus and has been used traditionally by herbalists for centuries as a tonic remedy to strengthen the natural protective ability of the body to fight infection.

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Echinacea – This pretty garden plant is native to North America and three species of this perennial herb are used for medicinal purposes. Echinacea’s root is the most important part, which contains a volatile oil, polysaccharides, resins and glucosides. Together, these constituents render this herb a whole lot of properties, such as antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. Echinacea therefore is a tremendous help in stimulating and strengthening the immune system and building resistance to infections. Research has proved that it triggers a process by which our body’s immune cells engulf the foreign bodies attacking us. Echinacea is supposed to shorten the duration of the cold from 7-10 days to 2-3 days. Its effect is the best if taken on the very onset of your cold. It also cleans your blood and lymph glands which help circulate the infection fighting antibodies and remove toxic substances. It also alleviates the symptoms associated with cold, such as sore throat (pharyngitis), cough, and fever.

   

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in common cold and cough

FluGo for Common cold (rhinitis, acute coryza)

FluGo

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves symptoms of the flu or cold including cough; runny nose; fever; sore throat and fatigue.

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ComfiCoff for Common cold (rhinitis, acute coryza)

ComfiCoff

Promote comfort in the throat and chest - suitable for children and adults.

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ImmunityPlus for Common cold (rhinitis, acute coryza)

ImmunityPlus

Promotes healthy immune system functioning and helps fight viral and bacterial infections.

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Dietary recommendations in common cold and cough

The best line of defense against cold, or rather catching a cold, is the food you eat. A well balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables (these together contain a lot of antioxidants) definitely strengthens your immune system and helps you to stay away from colds. Some of the more specific diet regimes and foods to be included are

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Several studies have suggested that zinc shortens the duration of cold. Zinc is even included in many over-the-counter cold remedies but the most effective and easily digestible source of zinc is food in the form of liver (avoid in pregnancy), red meat, eggs, oysters, chicken, beef and dairy products.

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Vitamin C’s effect on cold has been quite controversial. A lot of studies and doctors too, suggest a high dose of vitamin C as this is not only supposed to shorten the duration of cold from 7 to 2-3 days but also cut back on coughing, sneezing and other symptoms. But high doses of vitamin C is not good for your kidneys (it may form kidney stones) and has other side effects such as headaches, sleep disturbances and stomach upsets. Pregnant women should anyway avoid high doses. Hence it is rather recommended, unless told by your doctor, to voluntary take dietary food rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, blackcurrant, vegetables (broccoli, potatoes), red capsicums and chillies, strawberry, kiwifruit, rockmelon, orange juice and cranberry juice.

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Take chicken soup – This age old traditional Jewish remedy is very helpful in unclogging your nasal passages. It basically helps in increasing the flow of nasal mucus, which in turn helps in removing the germs out at the earliest. Chicken soup is also a good source of protein, calories and minerals and is easily digested too.

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Eat raw as well as cooked onion and garlic as much as you can have. Garlic has excellent antiviral and antibacterial properties and both are a great relief in fighting this illness and act as natural decongestants.

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Yoghurt contains lactobacillus, which is a probiotic, which means that it actually helps fight, rather than cause, infection. Certain probiotic yoghurts, i.e. the ones which have even more of such beneficial bacteria lactobacillus are available in the market which are supposed to enhance the immunity and prevent and fight against common cold.

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Increase intake of fluids – Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water, juices, tea and other clear liquids to replenish the important fluids lost in a cols and they also help in flushing out impurities from the body.

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Go for a hot toddy – A traditional hot toddy made with lemon or orange juice, a teaspoon of honey, a single measure of alcohol (whiskey or rum) and boiling water is extremely useful in clearing your stuffed nose and comforts and soothes you besides helping you in getting a good night’s sleep.

Herbal remedies for Common cold (rhinitis, acute coryza) & helpful dietary habits. As your having a cold itself suggests that your body’s metabolism is being strained, you should avoid fatty foods, meat and milk products and go for citrus fruits and vegetables. Go by the old wives’ tale of feeding the cold by eating when you actually feel hungry. Your appetite will automatically guide you when it comes to eating.

Some most effective home remedies for common cold are:

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Lemon – Take juice of two lemons and a teaspoon of honey and mix in ½ a liter of boiling water. Drink it at bed time. It helps in alleviating almost all the cold symptoms like fever, increases body resistance (lemon juice is vitamin C-rich), decreases toxicity and reduces the duration of the cold.

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Ginger – Prepare ginger tea by cutting a midsize ginger into two pieces and boiling in a cup of water. You should give a minimum of 10-12 boils. Add ½ teaspoon of sugar to the strained solution and drink it hot.

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For cold with phlegm and cough – Take 10 properly washed basil leaves, 2 cloves of garlic, a small piece of ginger and 5 crushed peppercorns in a cup of water and boil. Simmer till it reduces to ¼th of a cup. Cool slightly, strain and add a teaspoon of honey. Drink this each morning.

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For nasal congestion – You may put a teaspoon of cardamom seeds on burning coal and inhale the smoke produced. You may also thereafter, take a handful of crushed carom seeds tied up in a napkin, and inhale and then place it near your pillow while sleeping.

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For severe nasal blockage – Make a fine powder of equal quantities of green cardamom seeds, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin and tie it up in a napkin. Sniffing it will induce sneezing which will in turn help relieve congestion.

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For running nose – You may rub a nutmeg on a smooth grinding stone along with some cow’s milk and apply the paste on your forehead and nose.

Dos and don'ts (tips, precautions) in common cold and cough

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Rest and relax – Taking time off at the very onset of the cold will help to shorten its duration. Carrying on normally with your work will hinder your body’s cold-fighting efforts and will also, unfortunately, spread the infection to other people. Extra rest enables you to put all your energy into getting well. Rest will also help avoid further complications like bronchitis and pneumonia.

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Take a walk – When you feel slightly OK, take a walk and get as much fresh air as possible. A brisk half-hour walk will improve the circulation, helping the immune system in circulating infection-fighting antibodies. Stay away from strenuous exercises though.

Homeopathic remedies for Common cold (rhinitis, acute coryza) & precautions. Smoking increases the irritation in the already sore throat. It also interferes with the infection-fighting activity of cilia, the microscopic projections that sweep bacteria out of the throat and lungs. So, please quit it for the moment at least otherwise all the medications you take will be ineffective. It is otherwise known that smokers and non-smokers are both equally susceptible to cold.

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Bundle up – Keep yourself warm as this helps your immune system in focusing on fighting out the infection rather than spending energy on protecting you from cold.

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Gargle – Take a pinch of salt and mix it in glass of warm water. Use this to gargle every now and then to get relief from your sore throat.

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Steam inhalation – Inhale steam to relieve a stuffed nose. Fill a bowl with hot water, put a towel over your head and tilt your head over the bowl in such a way that the steam is trapped. Inhale deeply for 10 minutes. You may add some eucalyptus oil (3 drops of essential oil) for making the steam an even better decongestant.

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Massage oils – Apply five drops of a mixture of eucalyptus with grapeseed or wheatgerm oil on the chest and rub. This aromatherapy oil is a very effective decongestant.

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Use a vaporizer or humidifier – Humidifiers increase and maintain the water vapor in the room and thus help prevent drying in the nasal passages and throat of the occupants, but humidifiers may cause humidifier fever, an ailment caused by bacteria that breed in the improperly cleaned reservoirs of such devices. Vaporizers are safer as infection-causing microorganisms can’t tolerate the steam heat it generates.

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Don’t take antibiotics – Antibiotics have no effect on colds (as most colds are due to a virus and not a bacteria), so don’t unnecessary jeopardize your immunity by taking ineffective antibiotics.

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Be careful with antihistamines – Antihistamines are for allergic cold and not common cold. They will not have any beneficial effect, hence do not generally carry on with them.

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Do not share glasses and other utensils with someone who has a cold. Be careful about shaking hands and sneezes and coughs. This holds true for others when they are on the receiving end, i.e. you are the one who has a cold.

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Take a steam bath – A steamy shower has the same effect on your cold as steam inhalation besides relaxing your body.

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De-stress – Try and be positive about your cold as this so called ‘common' cold brings all kind of ‘uncommon’ feelings like frustration and depression due to the utter restlessness it brings with itself. Your work and life in general suffers. But, remember, it is common cold. Everybody has it and that too, time and again, and you also have to learn to live with it. On a regular basis, some meditation will definitely be of great help. Yoga is one wonderful technique to stay fit, physically as well as mentally.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in common cold and cough

FluGo

Homeopathic remedy temporarily relieves symptoms of the flu or cold including cough; runny nose; fever; sore throat and fatigue.

Product Details

ComfiCoff

Promote comfort in the throat and chest - suitable for children and adults.

Product Details

ImmunityPlus

Promotes healthy immune system functioning and helps fight viral and bacterial infections.

Product Details

 

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