Some of the following time honored natural cures has been used as a cure for centuries to prevent the common cold or even the flu. They also reduce the symptoms, or may shorten the duration of the cold based on recent studies. These are a variety of natural herbs, supplements, as well as food remedies, found commonly at your local supermarket or natural health supplement store.
Most local health stores carry the elderberry juice, or as a syrup or in capsule form suitable for adults and children. Keep in mind only commercially prepared elderberry products should be used, as the plants fresh leaves, flowers, buds, bark, unripe berries, and roots all contain cyanide and thus can result in cyanide poisoning. So it’s obviously not a do it yourself natural cure that you can prepare yourself.
Ginseng can however have hormonal effects. Some studies also suggested that ginseng can boost one’s estrogen levels, so it shouldn’t be taken as a natural cure for women with breast cancer. Ginseng should also be avoided if you are taking any type of blood sugar medication or antidepressants, which are known as MAO inhibitors.
Early research has proven that astragalus can stimulate the immune function in humans. It can be found as a capsule in health stores or as a dried root in Chinese herbal shops. As it has a mild suitable taste, the dried root is usually added to soups. A typical dose is approximately 9 to 15 grams of the dried root, which equals to about 3 to 4 slices. Traditionally in China, people had astragalus soup at least once a week during the winter. The dose can be adjusted if someone has increased exposure or a compromised immune system, usually taking more. Note: It’s not recommend taking astragalus if you already have the cold or flu.
Please keep in mind that these natural cures are for general reference information only and is not intended to be in any way a substitute for professional medical advice. As always, please seek the guidance of your physician or any other qualified health professional.