chronic colds

Do you have a cold or flu? Take this self-test.

Many people around the U.S. are still miserable with cold and flu symptoms. If you're unsure which you have, please review my self-test for colds and flu from my book, Healthy Healing 14th Edition. Colds and flu are distinct and separate upper respiratory infections, triggered by different viruses. The flu is more serious, because it can spread to the lungs, and cause severe bronchitis or pneumonia. In the beginning stages, the symptoms of colds and flu can be similar. Nose, eyes and mouth are usually the sites of invasion from cold viruses. The most likely target for the flu virus is the respiratory tract.

A Cold Profile looks like this:

• Slow onset. No prostration.

• Body aches—largely due to the release of interferon (an immune stimulator).

• Rarely accompanied by fever and headache.

• Localized symptoms such as sore throat, sinus congestion, listlessness, runny nose and sneezing.

• Mild to moderate chest discomfort.

• Sore or burning throat common.

A Flu Profile looks like this:

• Swift and severe onset.

• Early and prominent prostration with flushed, hot, moist skin.

• Usually accompanied by high (102° -104°) fever, headache and sore eyes.

• General symptoms like chills, depression and body aches.

• Extreme fatigue, sometimes lasting 2-3 weeks.

• Acute chest discomfort, with severe hacking cough.

• Sore throat occasionally.

If you’re feeling under the weather, please make sure to get plenty of rest. Light exercise is better than intense exercise during a cold or flu.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

January Herb of the Month- Goldenseal

Goldenseal root:Hydrastis canadensis. One of the most popular, thus one of the most endangered, herbs on the American market today. Today’s common uses: One of the top five selling herbs in the U.S. It works both internally and externally. It’s a classic herb to take at the first signs of a cold.

Traditional Herbal Medicine uses: Widely used by Native Americans for digestive problems, hepatitis, tumors, fevers, catarrh, eye infections, mouth ulcers, and gonorrhea. Native Americans introduced goldenseal to European settlers around 1760, where it was used for cuts, scrapes and skin infections. Goldenseal’s ‘golden age’ came during the Civil War, where it was $1 per pound, as expensive as ginseng, and widely used to treat battle wounds. It gained a reputation as a panacea, a “poor man’s Ginseng.” It was gathered to the point of near extinction, still a problem today.

Therapeutic parts: root and leaf.

Delivery forms: tincture, capsules, tea, skin wash, douche, poultice, gargle, ear drops. Key compounds: The main compounds in goldenseal are the highly active, synergistic alkaloids berberine, canadine and hydrastine. Berberine and hydrastine have strong antibiotic action, and help the liver and gall bladder through bile secretion. Goldenseal is very high in cobalt and silicon, high in iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamin C, significant amounts of chromium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3.

Safety precautions: Avoid during pregnancy because of uterine muscle stimulation. Helps childbirth during labor, by stimulating uterine muscles. Extended use can weaken good intestinal flora. Use as needed and supplement with acidophilus.

Works in synergy with: 1) For detoxification: with licorice rt., chaparral, burdock, pau d’ arco, echinacea, vitamin C, garlic, kelp, alfalfa, dandelion, poria mushroom, ginger, prickly ash and buckthorn bark. 2) with myrrh, for the stomach. 3) echinacea, coptis root, myrrh, capsicum, marshmallow and yarrow as a first aid, front line defense responder.