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Herbal remedies for colds
Naturopathy offers a variety of indigenous plants that block a cold or more and more people complain about the typical cold symptoms every year in the cold season. The treatment of virus-related flu and colds is also of great economic importance due to the high seasonal sick leave from October to March. Various medicinal plants and other naturopathic measures can, however, contribute to faster healing and can be used for prevention.
Especially in the cold season, viral infections with symptoms such as:
- Sore throat,
- Difficulties swallowing,
- To cough,
- A headache,
- Loss of appetite,
- Body aches,
- Digestive problems
- and circulatory problems.
Phytotherapy as a precaution
Flu epidemics / pandemics (e.g. swine flu) can be particularly dangerous. In the wake of such an influenza pandemic, the extract Cystus052 also came into the focus of experts in 2009/2010. This extract can prevent the virus from penetrating into the cell and thus preventing its replication. The virus envelope is “masked” and thus docking to the mucous membrane cell to be infected is impossible. It makes sense to use phytotherapeutics that have been tried and tested by naturopathic medicine both prophylactically and therapeutically against the onset of colds.
Experience has shown that organic throat lozenges are a particularly effective and well-tolerated preparation that has been prescribed in practice for cold symptoms for several years. They contain the traditionally tried and tested original extract from the cistus variety Cistus incanus L. Pandalis. There are approximately 20 different types of rock roses in the Mediterranean. The rock roses are polymorphic, i.e. H. Apparently the same plants have different biochemical ingredients.
The Cystus052 extract has a very high polyphenol content. Polyphenols generally have a broad benefit for our well-being. The best researched is the strong antioxidant effect of these plant substances. They neutralize free radicals and thus support the body's defenses. After all, a well-functioning immune system is the best way to prevent colds.
The antioxidant effect of Cystus052 is much stronger than that of vitamin C or vitamin E. The plant extract is also supposed to protect the heart and the vessels from harmful deposits and can thus counteract the symptoms of cardiovascular weakness when a cold occurs.
The effect against influenza viruses has been scientifically proven to be particularly impressive. In vitro tests have shown that the Cystus052 extract works far better than the currently used gold standard of the traditional medicine Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) from ROCHE. Tamiflu is the best-selling flu in the world, but serious researchers have long doubted its effectiveness.
Naturopathic practices often resort to the use of Cystus052 for the prophylaxis and therapy of influenza infections of viral origin. In addition to the pure natural extract, the organic throat lozenges are also available in the natural flavors honey-orange and honey-vanilla. The mechanism of blocking the infection appears to be similar not only for viral infections but also for bacterial and mycotic pathogens. Scientific studies are in progress.
High-polymer polyphenols from Cystus052 form a kind of physical protective film around the antigen structures of the pathogens. This means that the pathogens cannot dock to the cell and cannot infect them. The pathogen becomes "blind" and interaction with the host cell is blocked. The infectious process cannot start, according to the theory.
The plant extract can be prescribed both as lozenges (3 - 5 times a day, 2 tablets) and as a cyst brew (dilution 1: 1 with physiological saline) for inhalation with the Pari Boy (inhalation device). This forms a fine protective film on the layers of the mucous membrane of the respiratory and bronchial system. In my experience, the cyst ointment or cream can be used very well for the supportive treatment of a cold. Wet the nasal mucosa thinly with a cotton swab soaked in ointment or cream. Cystus tea can also be used to support and / or additionally to treat and prevent colds. This is intended to protect the mucous membrane from infectious agents.
Another infection blocker that has proven itself in naturopathic practice is Kremo058. This remedy is available as oral cleansing lozenges and as cleaning water. The principle of action seems to be similar to that of Cystus052. However, Kremo058 seems to have a more bacteriostatic effect. This bacterial affinity block could be demonstrated experimentally in vitro. Experience has shown that the pastilles work particularly well with bacterial inflammation in the throat and throat area. The cleaning water Kremo058 can also be used for inhalation - equivalent to that already described with Cystus052-Sud. Kremo058 can be described as a natural herbal antibiotic.
The active ingredients in Kremo058 are leaves of special varieties of wild oregano, Latin Herba Origani Vulgaris, and wild black currant, Latin Ribes Nigrum Folium. These extracts have an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effect. They can be used to disinfect the skin and mucous membranes. Like Cystus052, Kremo058 is also a very polyphenol-rich plant extract. It stimulates the body's immune system and is particularly suitable for the treatment of bacterial infections. The dosage recommendation corresponds to that mentioned for the Cystus052.
Fenugreek, which is activated in practice, is also very often used. It is available both as capsules and as tablets. Herbal active ingredient is activated fenugreek, Latin Trigonella Foenum Graecum. The hemolysing effect of some saponins is canceled out by heat activation. There are no known side effects!
After many years of therapeutic experience, activated fenugreek is one of the best spleen remedies in the natural healing sector. It activates the function of the spleen in the form of a natural, body's own blood wash. Fenugreek has, among other things, an immune-stimulating and anti-inflammatory effect. It is used as a strength and nutritional supplement in convalescence, to improve appetite and to promote ejection in case of a strong cough.
Teuto heat pad
The application recommendation of an ancient traditional manual heat pad should not be neglected in the treatment of colds. In practice, Teuto heating pads are often used for this. It contains powdered plant extracts from brown mustard, lat. Brassica Juncea, and fenugreek.
The powder of the Teuto heat pad is mixed with a little water to a paste-like paste and applied to the skin areas to be applied. After a few minutes, intense natural heat begins to penetrate into the deeper areas of the skin. Do not rub in the eyes and do not apply to the mucous membranes! When treating colds, especially the areas of the chest, back and neck should be rubbed in and covered with a damp cloth for approx. 15 to 30 minutes. Then wash off and rinse off!
This pleasant treatment with the natural, purely herbal Teuto warmth pad is immunostimulating, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and muscle-relaxing. In the event of a cold, sinusitis and bronchitis, there is an increased expectoration.
All herbal extracts listed here contain only European medicinal plants. Thus, we always find the original principle in the respective application: Plants from our home, from our immediate surroundings, are used. Our metabolism, our body has been adapted to these medicinal plants for many generations. Such plants that we know, that are at home in our immediate living environment, with which our ancestors have already treated and with which we have been rooted for a long time, can stimulate the body's defenses to the maximum. (Dr. rer.nat.Roland Schulze, graduate biologist and alternative practitioner, Rostock)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
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- Georgios Pandalis: (Original) native herbs in our diet and medicine; in: empirical medicine, volume 57, issue 5, page 286-289, 2008, thieme-connect.com