Notes from Di-Di:
#1: If you’ve jumped ahead to this unit, it’s perfectly fine. But since this unit ties everything together that you’ve learned in this Module you’ll better understand how to formulate your own protocol if you’ve already completed the previous units.
#2: This is my personal Cold and Flu Treatment Protocol. The ordering of the steps and remedies included represents what works for me. I never include everything listed below, I adjust, omit and add based on circumstances. Use my protocol only as a guideline to formulate your own.
Warning: Use your common sense. If symptoms persist or become worse, consult a doctor or health care provider.
This treatment protocol is based on the step-by-step approach Green Healers use to formulate therapeutic protocols.
Step 1: Slack Down
My health is my most valuable asset. Getting a cold is a good indication that I’m doing something wrong and/or neglecting my health. I view this as an opportunity to take a hard look at myself and to make sure that I restore the balance in my life.
For help with the above, I retake the Check Your Immune Power Quiz.
Increase time spent in prayer and meditation.
Get sufficient rest. Even if it means staying in bed for a day or two.
Step 2: Help My Body Detox
Take the juice of 1 lime (I have a lime tree in the garden, you can use lemon instead) in a glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning to jump-start my liver.
Take an Epsom salts bath.
Take a herbal formula to gently help my body rid itself of the buildup of toxins. For proven formulae see Herbal and Botanical Formulae.
Increase daily intake of cayenne (chilli’s) to maximum tolerance.
For help with this step see Detoxification and Therapeutic Fasting.
Step 3: Adjust My Diet
At the first sign of a cold, decrease food intake or eliminate it completely for the first 24 hours.
Consume LOTS of liquids, especially water and herbal teas.
Increase intake of foods rich in vitamins A and C and take supplemental zinc. There is good scientific data to support this practice.
NB! Immediately omit the Banting Red List foods. Zero Tolerance policy.
Beware of hidden sugars (even natural sources). Sugar impairs immune function. Orange juice, for example, has a much higher level of sugar than vitamin C. Therefore consuming lots of orange juice during a cold may do more harm than good.
For help with this step see General Recommendations and Watch Your Diet.
Step 4: Take Short-Term Measures (Primary Cold Fighters)
The aim here is to Support My Immune System.
Take Echinacea. It stimulates the production of white blood cells, accelerating their maturity and speeding their travel to the area of infection. Take 20 – 30 drops every 2-4 hours for a day or two.
NB! Keep Echinacea in your mouth for 1 minute before swallowing. It needs saliva to ‘activate’ its immune-boosting powers. You’ll know it’s been ‘activated’ (and a good quality product) when you feel a numb or tingling sensation in your mouth.
Take fresh garlic (both a respiratory and immune system tonic) and fresh parsley.
Step 5: Symptomatic Relief (Secondary Cold Fighters)
It is impossible to suggest specific herbs for symptomatic relief, as these will depend on your individual needs.
I usually start with supporting my mind and spirit with appropriate Flower Remedies, and I often include aromatherapy oils for the same reason.
See the Secondary Cold Fighters in the section on Herbal Cold Remedies for herbs which may fit your symptom picture.
It’s time to use everything you’ve learned in this module to formulate your first therapeutic protocol. When formulating the protocols keep the following in mind:
- It’s important that you adjust the above to suit your unique body – individualized protocols are an essential part of herbal medicine.
- Don’t overthink this. Start where you are. Your protocols will evolve and get better as your knowledge and skills deepen.
- The order, and the number, of steps, is not that important. Feel free to adjust them.
- Fill in the details of each step with specifics that you’ve learned about in this module.
Now it’s your turn…
- Formulate your own cold treatment protocol. In writing. Don’t do it in your head.
- Formulate your own cold prevention protocol. In writing. Don’t do it in your head.
- Did you have any “AHA” (Eureka) moments? Share them in a Reply below.