Information on Colds, acute

DescriptionA cold is an acute viral infectionof the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms include sore throat, runny nose and sinus congestion.
Treatment PlanThe syndrome that we call a cold is thought to be a "healing crisis" in natural medicine. We can take a negative attitude about a cold or flu and resist it by taking strong pharmaceutical products like antihistamines and aspirin, but an alternative approach is to consider the whole process a positive one. The viral infection is putting our immune system through its paces, and may strengthen it in the process. When we have a cold, it is best to work with this opportunity and enhance elimination, relaxation, and immune activity. A good herbal program will include immune stimulating herbs, herbal decongestants, respiratory stimulants, diaphoretics to remove heat and toxins from the body through the sweat, and antivirals .

Herbal Remedies for Colds, acute

HerbTreatment SupportApplication
Echinaceaimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Elderdiaphoretictea, tincture, tablet, capsule
Yarrowdecongestant, diaphoretictea, tincture, capsule
Peppermintdiaphoretictea
Bayberryastringent, stimulant, diaphoretictea, tincture
Chivesdecongestantfresh leaves
Hyssopexpectoranttea, tincture
Ma Huangdecongestanttea, tincture, capsule, tablet
Sassafrasdiaphoretictea, tincture
Eucalyptusdecongestant, antibacterialtea, oil
Spikenarddiaphoretic, expectoranttincture, tea
Vervaindiaphoretictea, tincture
Wild Gingercold dispersingtea
Chaparralantiviral, antibacterial, expectoranttea, tincture, capsules
Cinnamonwarming respiratory stimulanttea, tincture, capsules
Oshaantiviral; warming respiratory stimulanttea, tincture, chewed root pieces
Pine Barkexpectorant, respiratory stimulanttea
Arbor vitaeexpectorant, immune stimulanttea, tincture

Herbal Remedies for Colds, acute with Additional Ailments

Additional AilmentHerbApplication
Colds, early stageGingerpowder, tincture, tea
Colds, with feverCatniptea, tincture, capsule