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Colds And Flu Home Remedies
Having a cold or flu is nothing to sneeze at! The common cold can wipe you out, and the influenza virus-which is characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and fever, chills and muscular pains-can really knock you out.
If you're feeling down for the count with a red, runny nose, chest congestion and that achy-aIl-over feeling, instead of making much achoo about nothing, keep reading for some simple hints to fight back.
Natural home remedies
Using a bronchofiberscope and cineroentgenograms and measurements of mucus velocity, Dr. Sackner tested the effectiveness of hot chicken soup versus both hot and cold water. The results...
Cold water lowered nasal clearance. Hot water improved it, but it was nothing compared with the improvement after hot chicken soup. Then, to negate the effects of the steam from the hot water and hot chicken soup, the fluids were sipped through straws from covered containers. Hot water had very little effect this way. But the hot chicken soup still had some benefit.
Chicken Soup (The Medicine)
Irwin Ziment, MD, professor of medicine at the University of California School of Medicine, and chief of medicine and director of respiratory therapy at Olive View Medical Center, both in Los Angeles, is also an authority on pulmonary drugs. Considering the research, experience and expertise it took to earn his credentials, we believe that Dr. Ziment's chicken soup recipe for colds, coughs and chest congestion should be taken seriously and whenever you have a cold.
CAUTION: This chicken soup is a medicine and is not to be eaten as one would eat a portion of soup. Please follow the dosage instructions.
Dose: Take 2 tablespoons of Dr. Ziment's Chicken Soup at the beginning of a meal, one to three times a day. (If you feel you want a little more than 2 tablespoons, fine, but do not exceed more than 1/2 cup at a time.)
Other Dietary Remedies
Keep a peeled clove of garlic in your mouth, between the cheek and teeth. Do not chew it. Occasionally, release a little garlic juice by digging your teeth into the clove. Replace the clove every three to four hours.
The allicin in garlic is an excellent mucus-thinner and bacteria-killer. It's no wonder many cold remedies include garlic.
Apply a fresh batch of the mixture every five hours until the cold is gone.
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Dose: Take 1 tablespoon six to eight times a day.
Dose: Take 2 teaspoons three times a day at mealtime.
Mineral or Medicine?
For it to be effective, be sure to follow the dosage carefully: Adults, take two lozenges (23 mg each) at the outset and then one every two hours thereafter, but not more than 12 a day, and for no longer than two days.
Also, do not take them on an empty stomach. Even if you don't feel like eating, consume half a fruit before you take a lozenge. Suck on the lozenge so that it comes in prolonged contact with your mouth and throat. Honey-flavored are the best-lemon are the pits.
Zinc gluconate also comes in 46 mg tablets. If you get them instead of the 23 mg, take one at the outset of your cold and one every four hours, not exceeding six a day, and not for longer than two days.
CAUTION: Some people get stomachaches from zinc. Also, high amounts of zinc may increase a man's risk of developing prostate cancer.
Consult your doctor before supplementing with zinc.
Don't Blow It
To clear your head and stop a runny nose, begin by cutting the crust off a piece of bread. Plug in your iron and put it on "hot"-wool or cotton setting. Carefully iron the bread crust. When it starts to burn, lift the iron off the crust and carefully inhale the smoke through your nostrils for two minutes. Repeat this procedure three times throughout the day. We've been told that the runny nose stops and the head cold clears up in a very short time-one or two days.
NOTE: It's easier to grate frozen ginger than fresh ginger.
Throw the grated-ginger stocking into a hot bath, along with the contents of a 2-ounce container of powdered ginger. Stir the bath water with a wooden spoon. Then, get in and soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
Once you're out of the tub, dry yourself thoroughly, preferably with a rough towel Put on warm sleep clothes and cover your head with a towel or woolen scarf, leaving just your face exposed. Get in bed under the covers and go to sleep. If you perspire enough to feel uncomfortably wet, change into dry sleepwear.
Gem of a Remedy
Healing Power of Onion
The onion is also a popular natural remedy to relieve colds. Here are some ways in which the onion is used..
Fight The Flu
Old Family Recipe
CAUTION: This remedy is only for people who do not have a problem with alcohol.
Peel and cut 1/2 pound of garlic into small pieces. Put the garlic and 1 quart of cognac (90 proof) in a dark brown bottle. Seal it airtight with paraffin wax or tape. During the day, keep the bottle in the sun or another light, warm place, like in the kitchen near the oven. At night, move the bottle to a dark, cool place.
After 14 days and nights, open the bottle and strain. Put the strained elixir back in the bottle. It is now ready to be used. The potency of this mixture is said to last one year, so label the bottle with the expiration date accordingly.
If you already have the flu, take 20 drops of the formula with a glass of water, one hour before each meal (three times a day), for five days.
To prevent the flu, take 10 to 15 drops with a glass of water, one hour before each meal, every day during the flu season.
Dose: Take 5 drops of cinnamon oil in a tablespoon of water, three times a day.
If you do have to resort to OTC medications to manage your cold and flu symptoms, choose a multi-symptom formulation with few side-effects like Contac Cold + Flu. Contac has both day and night formulations to keep you going and then let you rest.
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