It’s that time of year again! That time where EVERYONE seems to be getting sick with the common cold, flu and worse. Conventional medicine has few options to treat these maladies and we all suffer through the runny nose, sneezing, fatigue and sore throat. But you don’t have to!
No one really has the time to get sick. For me, the thought of getting a cold is like striking a raw nerve. So, I want to share my tricks to avoiding and beating our winter-time illnesses.
Here are some remedies that I have found to be helpful (for me):
1) Elderberry syrup. It is used as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial supplement. For prevention, I take one teaspoon every few days but once symptoms present themselves, I take 2-4 teaspoons daily.
2) Vitamin C! Emergen-C packets, 2-3 times per day
3) Fresh ginger tea. I boil about 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Ginger is used to promote sweating and thereby expel the cold pathogen in the Chinese Materia Medica
4) Oscillococcinum. This is an over-the-counter homeopathic remedy. It’s used for cold and flu symptoms
5) Acupuncture and cupping. I always get aches in my neck and upper back when I have a cold. Cupping is a manual technique to “release the exterior” in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In other words, it’s used to expel the cold from the muscle layer. Acupuncture is used in a similar fashion
6) Chinese herbs. There is a whole chapter in the Chinese Materia Medica about fighting cold symptoms. I use a basic formula that matched my symptoms and made some modifications to support my immune system.
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