I’ve had the common cold or the flu a few times and have yet to visit a doctor. Instead, I treat myself with alternative medicines useful for treating a cold or flu, as a cold or the flu is caused by a virus so it’s not possible to ‘cure’ it anyway. It will eventually go away by itself. In fact, taking an alternative medication for the common cold or flu is often just as effective, or more so, than a traditional medication and a whole heckuva lot cheaper.
With so many alternative medications available for treating the common cold or flu, I’ve tried many of them, but these I think are some of the best.
Large Doses of Vitamin C – One of the best alternative medicines to treat the common cold or the flu is Vitamin C. A water-soluble vitamin, your body simply eliminates what it doesn’t use through your urine, so it’s not dangerous to take large doses. When I feel a cold or the flu coming on, I immediately begin to take 2,000 mg of Vitamin C every hour. I do this every hour for at least two days, during the time I’m awake, and in most cases if the cold even develops at all, it’s an extremely mild version.
Zinc – There have been many studies that show Zinc is a wonderful alternative treatment for the common cold or the flu. That’s why the makers of cold lozenges are adding Zinc nowadays, as they know its effects are amazing. When you feel a cold or the flu coming on, simply add some Zinc to your diet. With Zinc, I take 3,000 mg per day (1,000 mg at breakfast, lunch and dinner) for four to five days and, for me, that gets rid of the cold quickly.
Honey – Honey is a wonderful food to use for the sore throat connected to colds or the flu. When I have a cold, I add two teaspoons of organic honey to a mug of steaming hot water, as well as one tablespoon of brandy. Not only does this mixture leave my throat feeling scratch-free and much more moisturized, it also helps me to relax.
At bedtime, if you’re having problems sleeping because of your cold or flu, you can even add a little more brandy to get you even more relaxed. I do this with every cold and sip the mug of honeyed liquid while relaxing in front of the TV. I always find, within a few minutes of finishing the mug, I’m feeling relaxed and sore-throat-free and fall asleep just a few minutes later. I always get a completely restful night too.
Ginger – I live in Thailand and one alternative medicine my Thai friends often recommend is ginger. I buy fresh ginger root at a street stall in Bangkok, but you can find it at most health food supermarkets or stores in the US as well as many supermarkets.
I chop up some of the ginger root, put into a mug and add some honey. Pour hot water over the mixture and leave to steep for five minutes, then drink it just like you would any other tea. Ginger is amazing for relieving stuffy noses and for getting rid of the aches and pains that come with the common cold and flu.
Garlic – Garlic works to strengthen the immune system. So much so the Russians during World War II used to call it “Russian penicillin” as they found, when they couldn’t get their hands on the real stuff, garlic often did the job just as well. I use garlic as a preventative for the common cold or flu, but you can also use it as a treatment.
Either chop up a garlic clove and swallow it like you would small pills, or you can add it to any food you’re eating to add a more pungent flavor. Just make sure, when you take garlic, you don’t need to go anywhere requiring close bodily contact as the garlic smell can be a bit overpowering to some people.
Of course, if you try these alternative medicine treatments for a cold or flu and you still feel like death warmed over, there’s nothing wrong with visiting your doctor if you’re one of the few people who needs something stronger.
Alternative medicine for the common cold – Discovery Health