Today we present five sure-fire healing secrets from deepest China that you might be able to use to battle the nasty yet formidable common cold. To have these secrets under your belt means you are truly in the know.
This Far-East herb may stimulate your immune system. In 1918, andrographis was credited in India with saving lives during the flu pandemic that spread around the world. It contains active ingredients that spark your immune system into action, kind of like an alarm clock.
Andrographis may shorten colds and flu, and relieve symptoms in the process. Compared to placebo, time and time again, this herb has led to significant reductions in symptoms — particularly fatigue, sore muscles, headache, and runny nose. In a slew of recent studies, researchers have found that the herb successfully reduced symptoms of the common cold.
One great study found that all available data suggest that the herb is far superior to placebo in reducing the symptoms of “uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections.”
2. Yin Qiao San
This great formula, containing 10 herbs, is a classic in China. You might see it called “Lonicera & Forsythia Formula.” It is proven to reduce fever, help sweat out the virus, soothe coughing, bring down inflammation, and kill pain. On the cold front, researchers tested powdered formula in 1,150 people. After just one day, fever dropped for everyone, mild cases improved significantly, and bad cases became more mild — and cleared up in an average of 2.7 days. For flu, “Yin Qiao Sun” was tested in 50 people and proved to lower body temperature and improve many symptoms. Patients were flu-free in as little as two days.
3. Green Tea
This famous herb, originally from China, could prevent the flu — when you gargle it. One study found that older adults who gargled with green tea “catechins” were far less likely to fall ill with influenza.
4. Jade Screen
This herbal combination — “Huang Qi,” “Bai Zhu,” and “Fang Feng” — was boiled in water and used to treat 120 patients. They took it once a day for a month, then boiled it in syrup and took that for two months. Half a year later, 37 people had no recurring infection, 50 had fewer colds and flu than normal, and just three people were unchanged. Even used as a massage ointment, it could reduce the frequency of illness.
In 100 people suffering either a cold or the flu, researchers used acupuncture with good results. The needles were left in place for 20 to 30 minutes (standard) and turned every five minutes. The results: 77 people significantly improved, 19 improved, and just four didn’t respond, for an effectiveness rate of 96%. Another study, this time on young patients, led to nearly identical results. And in a larger study, with 450 patients, just four acupoints treated once a day led to improvements across the board within just two days.
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