First, the bad news: There’s no cure for the cold or flu, but antimicrobial and respiratory herbs will help the viruses clear up pretty quickly - within 3 to 5 days in most cases. They will also prevent complications like bronchitis, pneumonia or that lingering cough that most people get for 2 or 3 weeks after they get sick. The following suggestions, may help you get thru cold or flu faster or provide symptom relief.
Most upper respiratory infections do not cause complications. However, viruses and bacteria thrive in mucus, so some people may develop what is called a secondary infection of the lung tissue (pneumonia), ears or sinuses. See a doctor if you develop a secondary infection and the symptoms do not start to ease within a few days, or if you suspect that a complication is developing. An upper respiratory infection may trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath in people with asthma or other chronic respiratory illnesses. See a doctor if you have any of these conditions (children and the elderly should be under the supervision of a medical doctor).
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 14 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.