If you’ve jumped ahead to this lesson, it’s perfectly fine. But since this lesson ties everything together that you’ve learned in this couse you’ll get the most from it if you’ve already worked through all of the previous lessons.
In this lesson you’ll learn how a Green Healer approaches two of the most common disorders afflicting modern mankind. It’s also serves as a reference for your next battle with a cold or flu.
But perhaps most importantly the aim of this lesson is to give you a better understanding of the paradigm of the modern nature cure which we explore in detail in The Green Healers Apprentice learning programs.
It’s a rather long lesson. So you may want to work through it in two or more sessions.
Here’s what we’ll cover in this lesson:
- Cold Symptoms
- Diagnosing a Cold
- Who Gets A Cold?
- Causes of a Cold – Your MD’s View
- Causes of a Cold – The Green Healers View
- Preventing a Cold
- How to Treat a Cold
- General Recommendations
- Watch Your Diet
- Herbal Cold Remedies (Simples)
- Primary cold fighters
- Secondary cold fighters and symptom busters
- Herbal cold formulae
- Aromatherapy Oils
- Flower Remedies
- Nutritional Supplements
- A Proven Cold and Flu Treatment Protocol
If you’re always dreading the winter because of all the cold and flu bugs flying around, not to speak of the new ‘super bug’ scare, this lesson will change your life.
How do you protect yourself against colds and flu?
Well you can do the outrageous. Stay at home. Refuse to kiss anybody. Sterilize (with hyssop) your family and friends before they set foot in your home.
Or you can do what Green Healers have been doing for years with exceptional results. Yes, we still get a cold. But it is always self-limiting and short lived, because we spend considerable time to make sure that our immune systems are functioning properly.
The cold is one of the simplest maladies with which man suffers. It is also one of the most common of his affections. It has been one of his most frequent difficulties throughout recorded history.
Yet only within the last few years has any effort been made to determine the nature and cause of colds. During these few years many “research” workers have spent huge sums of money and expended much time and energy in their effort to discover the cause of colds.
Most people are contempt to let the common cold run its course. Granny used to say that “If you take medicine for a cold, you will be cured within seven days, and if you don’t, you will be cured within a week.”
But the common cold is the cause of considerable misery. Searches for its cure are like searches for the Holy Grail. Fortunately the Green Healers approaches have much to offer.
The remedies contained in this lesson can be regarded as common knowledge or folklore. You will find them in most good books on herbology. Millions of people will testify to their safety and effectiveness, and some of them have recently been scientifically validated.
WARNING: Use these remedies only in those cases when you are absolutely sure of your symptoms and/or you would normally have opted for over-the-counter cold medicine. Use your common sense. If your ‘cold symptoms’ persist or become worse, consult your doctor.
A cold can turn into a life threatening secondary infection. Be especially carefully with children, the elderly and the frail. Dosages are given for adults and should be at least halved for the latter. Please recheck the section on dosages in the Advanced Herbal Medicine Making Course.
2. Cold Symptoms
Many of the symptoms of the common cold are a result of your body’s natural defense mechanisms. The first symptoms of a cold start a couple of days after infection.
Usually, the first are discomfort in the nose and throat. Later you may start sneezing, have a runny nose and feel mildly ill. Secretions from the nose are watery and clear and can become annoyingly plentiful during the first day or two. Later these secretions become thicker, opaque, yellow-green and less abundant.
Colds can also produce fevers in infants and children but such fevers in adults (or a high fever) generally indicate the infection is probably flu. A slight fever may develop when your symptoms are beginning. You may also develop a cough which may last well into the second week. Your other cold symptoms will usually disappear in 4 to 10 days.
Other symptoms which may be present are: sore throat, headache, joint aches, irritability, frequent urination, diarrhea, skin rash, swollen glands and fatigue.
3. Diagnosing a Cold
The common cold is a viral infection of the lining of the nose, sinuses, throat, and large airways.
Colds are easily diagnosed based on the typical symptoms. Bacterial infections, allergies, and other disorders can cause similar symptoms, and the same viruses that cause colds can cause symptoms similar to those of flu.
4. Who Gets A Cold?
Everybody. Because so many different viruses cause colds, and because the number of antibodies you produce against the cold virus decline over time, most of us continue to get colds throughout our lives.
5. Causes of a Cold – Your MD’s View
The common cold is caused by any one of two hundred viruses, the most common being rhinoviruses and respiratory syncytial viruses. These viruses can be airborne on droplets that have been sneezed or coughed by someone else, but they are mostly spread by direct contact with infected secretions carried on the fingers.
The cold viruses cause a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, causing inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the bronchial passages, throat, Eustachian tubes and nose. The result is a mucous discharge from the nose, blocked or stuffed nasal passages, and occasionally headaches.
Most colds run their course in four to ten days, but infants and the elderly are susceptible to further complications (secondary infections) such as sinusitis, ear inflammations, bronchitis and pneumonia. These may be more serious than the original cold.
Because of the number of viruses involved, people do not develop immunity to colds as they do with other viral diseases.
The treatment prescribed by most physicians includes rest, fluids, antihistamines, decongestants, cough medicines as needed and even antibiotics. (Antibiotics are useless against colds as they have no effect on viral infections – that does not keep patients from asking and doctors from trying.)
Aspirin is generally not recommended because it actually increases viral shredding and makes the individual more contagious.
Vaccines, though very popular, are inconsistent in terms of prevention.
6. Causes of a Cold – The Green Healers View
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