What to do for a Cold

Bad for a Cold

  • Dairy products as they increase the formation of mucus.
  • Sugar and caffeine as they decrease the immune system’s function.
  • Don’t have a lot of juice unless watered down due to the sugar content.
  • If on a multi-vitamin with iron, stop until the illness is gone. Iron can increase viral growth.
  • If you are not hungry, do not eat. The body doesn’t digest well when its fighting something.
  • Be sure to keep fluids up and call your naturopathic doctor if appetite doesn’t return within a few days.

Good for a Cold

Remedies with an asterix we carry in our pharmacy.

  • Increase fluids, especially water, herbal teas and broths.
  • For congestion in the head (sinuses, throat or head) put your feet in hot water past your ankles. Then put a cold wet towel or ice pack over the area of pain. Do this for 8 to 10 minutes at a time, as needed.
  • Ginger is very useful for decreasing fevers. Make a tea from fresh ginger root: take a piece of root the size of a dime, grate and add hot water and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Vitamin C is important, take 500 mg., 2 pills three times daily.
  • Echinacea* is excellent to use for preventing or treating a cold or flu. To prevent getting sick use 15 drops every two hours. If you use over 4 doses, chances are you have caught the bacteria or virus, then use 15 drops four times daily.
  • Echinacea Combo* is excellent for a cold that is effecting the throat. Use the same dosage as for echinacea.
  • Horehound Combo* is for a congested cough, use 20 drops four times daily, until better.
  • Nin Jiom syrup* is for a congested or dry cough, use 1 teaspoon 3 to 4 times daily made into a tea.
  • Pinellia Expectorant* are for green or yellow mucus, take 8 pills three times daily.
  • Er Chen Wan* is for clear mucus, take 8 pills three times daily.
  • Flos Magnolia* is for sinus pain and congestion, take 6 to 8 pills daily.

We have these remedies available to the general public at my office.