Medical Treatment of Cold may be Harmful
Medical treatment of Cold is aimed at controlling the symptoms. These treatments are readily available over the counter. It is a multi-million dollar industry. These remedies primarily consist of a nasal decongestant, an antihistamine, a cough suppressant and a pain reliever.
Each one of these ingredients can cause severe side-effects. For example, a nasal decongestant can raise blood pressure, cause rapid heart beat and may even cause a heart attack. Most antihistamines often cause drowsiness and its serious consequences, such as a car accident.They can also cause acute retention of urine and an acute episode of glaucoma. Cough suppressants really do not work except for brief periods. Pain relievers such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol in the USA) can cause liver damage. Other pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen, Naprosyn and Naproxen, can cause stomach upset and rarely, bleeding from the stomach and acute renal shut down in patients with diabetes and any cardiovascular disease or chronic renal disease.
Usual Medical Treatment of Cold often prolongs the illness
In addition, here is the biggest problem: These treatments often prolong the illness, leading to prolonged use of these medications which culminates in the unnecessary prescription of Antibiotics with their own potential serious side-effects.
How does these treatments prolong the illness of Cold?
You need to understand how your body responds to an attack by an army of viruses: The affected areas, such as the nose, sinuses and throat, gets inflamed, which enhances blood circulation to these areas, bringing in an army of Your Immune Cells to fight off the invading viruses. As a result, there is an increased production of secretions in the nose and throat area. In addition to killing off viruses, the body also flushes away the invading viruses in these secretions.
Now, consider how a nasal decongestant works: These drugs reduce the blood flow to the nose and throat area. How does an antihistamine work? By drying up the secretions in the nose, sinuses and and throat area. Isn’t it obvious that these treatments work against your immune system and helps to prolong your illness?
Another problem: For your immune system to effectively fight off viruses, it needs full support from your entire body. In order to conserve energy, the body must rest and provide as much energy to the immune system as it needs. That’s why there is sneezing, watery eyes, body aches and pains, exhaustion, fever and headaches. All of these symptoms force you to take rest. However, you decide to take the medicines that temporarily control your symptoms and you continue with your work and other activities instead of resting. Once, the effect of theses medicines wears off, you feel worse. Then, you take the next dose and the vicious cycle continues.
Treatment of Cold – A Physiological, Natural and Safe Approach
Here is an outline how I treat cold. This approach is physiological, boosts up your own immune system and is very effective. It shortens the course of the illness and has No side-effects.
1. Complete Rest, which includes no reading, watching TV, surfing the internet or chit-chatting. All of these mental activities consume a lot of energy.
2. Stay warm. Local Heat Application on nose, eyes, ears and throat.
3. Frequent cleansing of nose and mouth with tolerably hot water.
4. Add a tablespoon of Turmeric powder to a pot of water. And do steam inhalation two to three times a day.
5. Drink large amounts of warm liquids.
6. Eat plenty of food especially chicken-vegetable soup (or lentil vegetable soup if you are a vegetarian.) Eat plenty of fresh fruits including oranges, grapes, bananas, apples and pears.
7. Vitamin D: Take large doses of Vitamin D3 such as 5000 IU three to four times a day for three days. Vitamin D helps immune cells to produce a number of antimicrobial chemicals, in particular a chemical called cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (camp), which works like an antibiotic, but without the side-effects associated with antibiotics.
8. Zinc throat lozenges or tablets. Zinc plays an important role in boosting our immunity against the invading virus or bacteria. According to one article, Zinc acetate in daily doses of over 75 mg, resulted in a 42% reduction in the duration of colds.
9. Make orange juice yourself and drink small amounts three times a day. Or take Vitamin C tablets. Also use Echinacea in tablet or liquid form.
10. Make tea with Holy basil (Tulsi) leaves, sliced ginger root, lemon grass and Manuka honey. Drink it three times a day.
11. Essential oils: Many essential oils possess antiviral activity. Therefore, these oils are used in the alternative medicine to treat the cold. These essential oils include frankincense essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, tea tree essential oil, tulsi essential oil , lemongrass essential oil, ginger essential oil, and lemon essential oil. Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of boiling water and inhale for a few minutes. Use it three times a day. You can also add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to a teaspoon of coconut oil, and rub it on the chest to relieve cough. You can also gargle with a couple of drops of tulsi essential oil, or lemongrass essential oil diluted in warm water. You can also add 2-3 drops of essential oil in a vaporizer.
The Choice is Yours!
I just shared with you my own experience and thoughts about the treatment of the Flu and Common Colds. It is not my intention to convince you one way or the other. Ultimately, the choice is all yours!
Case history of one of my diabetic patients in his own words how he treated his Cold
I am a 67 years old Type 2 diabetic. Here is my recent experience with an episode of cold.
On October 8th, my 25 – year old son came down with a cold and cough, and it got worse by the next day. He wanted me to take him to a walk-in Clinic the clinic, which I did. The wait at the clinic was some two hours. While sitting in the clinic, I started to notice cold symptoms for myself – my nose started dripping continually. My son was given antibiotics and we returned home by 8 pm.
My regimen starting at 8 pm as follows:
1- Stopped all of the use of computer and cell phone.
2- Stopped talking.
3- Took Vitamin D3 as 20,000 IU.
4- Started steam inhaling with a table spoonful of Turmeric.
5. Focused my mind that I will get over it in 24 hours.
6- Made soup with 1/8 cup of lentils and vegetables with mustard seeds, cumin and Fenugreek seeds.
7- Did steaming again at 10 pm before going to sleep.
8- Also, did salt water gargle in the night and am.
9- Ate one orange a day and ate one boiled egg a day and Mung dal pancakes with vegetables every day.
10- October 10th at 8 am, some light cough also started. I increased the frequency of steaming with Turmeric to every two hours. By 9 pm that evening, I was feeling better but not completely back to normal.
11- By October 11th at 8 am, I was pretty fine. The cough continued for three or four days in the morning only and would go away after steaming. I continued 20,000 IU per day of Vitamin D for 4 days and went back to 10,000 a day routine. I took blood sugar readings from the onset for four days in the mornings
and they were in the 100 to 104 range. After four days, they are back to
my usual range of approximately 90 to 98.
Coming back to my 25 – year old son. He completed his 7 – day antibiotics course. Two weeks later, his morning cough is not completely gone. His diet was lemon chicken soup, Lentil soup and Chicken samosas for the first four days. After that he is back to his normal diet of fish, chicken and vegetables. He also did some salt water gargles and increased his vitamin D intake to 20,000 IU as well. But, he did not put his mind or body to rest. He also did not stop talking. In addition, he continued his usual judgments.
My lessons from this experience:
1- Found doing nothing and reducing the cognitive load to minimum very useful.
2- Doing away with talking seem to help as it has both a calming influence as well as add to the physical rest.
3- After bouncing back, continue to pace myself carefully. (In general, always pace yourself and pay attention to your self.)
4- Approaching the episode with an open mind does make a difference. In other words, don’t start talking to people telling them how miserable you are and so on.
5- Preserve the energy. Suspend judgments.