Colds and flu are often viral infections for which there is no cure. There are no drugs that can be taken as a preventative measure against the common cold.
While there are many over the counter drugs available to treat the symptoms of colds and flu, you are often just as well off taking herbal remedies, which have fewer side effects.
_ Echinacea – Studies have shown that this herb can shorten the duration and lessen the severity of a cold. It does this by helping to stimulate the body's own production of anti-viral substances and helps enhance the body's immune cells, helping it better fight off cold germs. Often available in capsule form, take 900 milligrams of Echinacea per day.
_ Astragalus – This Chinese herb has immune-boosting properties, and also has anti-viral properties. Take Astragalus throughout the cold and flu season to help bolster your immune system to avoid getting colds.
Commonly found in capsule form, take up to 3600 milligrams per day
_ Elderberry – Elderberry has been found to have compounds that help fight the flu. Taken as soon as symptoms start, and continue taking it daily.
Commercially available as syrups and lozenges, these can be taken as directed on the package. It is also available as tea, tincture and in capsule form.
_ Garlic – Garlic helps boost the immune system and fights bacteria and yeast. You can eat garlic in foods, but during cold season it is helpful to take a garlic supplement. It is readily available in capsule form. Take up to 5,000 micrograms per day.
_ Vitamins – Vitamin C and Zinc are known to help lessen the duration of colds as well as help keep the symptoms down. Take supplements in capsule form or in lozenge form during cold season and especially with the onset of any symptoms.
Constipation can happen to you when you have inadequate fluid or fiber intake
Laxatives are available over the counter. You can take an herbal laxative or use herbs to help your problem.
_ Psyllium seed – These seeds help provide proper fiber in order to keep your system working properly. Available as a powder, it can be added to liquids. Dissolve a tablespoon in an 8-ounce glass of water or juice and drink immediately. Follow with another glass of water. This should be taken daily.
_ Flaxseed – This is a bulking agent that provides a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, something lacking in most diets. Mix one teaspoon of ground flaxseed in a glass of water or juice. You can take this up to three times per day.