Cold & Flu Season: Protect Yourself!

When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy, feverish, can't move a
muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have cold symptoms or the flu? And if it's
the flu, could it be swine flu?

It's important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. A cold is a milder
respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few
days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu --
whether it's typical seasonal flu or the swine flu virus -- can also result in serious health
problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations.

What are common cold symptoms?

Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat, which usually goes away after a day or
two. Nasal symptoms, runny nose, and congestion follow, along with a cough by the
fourth and fifth days. Fever is uncommon in adults, but a slight fever is possible.
Children are more likely to have a fever with a cold.

What are common flu symptoms?

Whether a person has typical seasonal flu or swine flu, the symptoms seem to be quite
similar. Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and come on
quickly. Symptoms of swine flu and seasonal flu include sore throat, fever, headache,
muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. Swine flu in particular is also
associated with vomiting and diarrhea.

Most flu symptoms gradually improve over two to five days, but it's not uncommon to
feel run down for a week or more.

Because both the flu and a cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not usually

Despite what you may think, sickness is good for the immune system. The occasional
cold or flu must run its course fully so that the body can properly fight and become
immune to it, whether viral or bacterial. Did you know that most, if not all,
over-the-counter "medicines" for cold and flu are merely symptom suppressors and
actually work against your immune system?

The solution? Nourish your body nutritionally so that the immune system can do it's

So how can you help yourself to get over the cold or flu? Or better yet
prevent it?

Herbal Medicine has been proven to prevent and to significantly reduce the symptoms
and duration of a cold or flu.

Some of the most effective herbs include: echinacea, andrographis, licorice, garlic,
golden seal, elderberry, ginseng, fenugreek, and ginger

Here are some of my favorite, simple home remedies that have worked for my patients
to shorten the duration of colds, coughs, sore throats, and flu:
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