Issue 39 | Article 2
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The Common Cold
I often hear the expression, “It started with the common cold.” It is very likely that the cold in question has been ignored and so has caused, in some cases, insurmountable problems.
There are many causes of the common cold but all too often it is the result of a virus. The nose, mouth and throat may become infected and inflamed, causing swelling, and sometimes such a viral infection leads to a secondary infection resulting in nasal discomfort, ranging from a watery to a thick mucous discharge. In such cases common symptoms are a runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, watery eyes and headaches. When a person’s immunity is low and the natural reserves are below par, an ordinary common cold can result in a general debility such as a chronic infection, allergic disorders, injury to the mucous membranes and other such chronic conditions.
Sometimes the cold is accompanied by a fever, but with some sensible care the overall condition can soon be brought under control. On the whole the patient will be feeling much better within four to seven days.
When the weather suddenly changes from being pleasantly mild to considerably chilly, the chance of infection caused by viruses is greatly increased. Adapt clothing to suit such weather by changing to woollen or cotton garments. Natural materials are always preferable to artificial fibres.
It is important to obtain sufficient rest, sleep and relaxation. When the body has become chilled, take a hot bath or a hot footbath to get the circulation going again and so raise the body temperature.
Try at all times to keep the nasal passages clear so that you can continue to breathe through the nose. Steam inhalation has a soothing effect on an inflamed respiratory tract and will aid the breathing.
As for dietary management, try to keep your diet very light. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, especially fruit juices that are rich in vitamin C. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and I would also advise taking a natural vitamin C supplement at such times.
The first thing I usually recommend in cases of the common cold is Alfred Vogel’s marvellous remedy, Echinaforce. In cases of flu, colds, and many other types of upper respitatory infection, Echinaforce works to strengthen the immune system.