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World's Best Advice for your Common Cold!

89. Suggestions for best treatments for common cold (part 1 of 2)

REPOST FROM Yahoo’s “Ask” website,

she sounds desperate! Answers 4-5 make sense, especially the last one VERY GOOD. Notice that 4/5 DON’T want to take any medicine and the middle 3, non-medical advice all involve warm temperature remedies? and even answer #1 likes Theraflu…isn’t that supposed to be mixed with HOT  water?

If so, the only one that doesn’t include heat in the remedy is from the “health pro”

I just learned from it that “Probably the drug used most often in colds is paracetamol ( acetaminophen in US and some other countries…”  This echoes the Italian remedy of Bayer aspirin to feel better.

Sounds like this “health care pro” is from another country since s/he uses the non-U.S. name version… So perhaps its not only the U.S. doctors who keep  pushing medicines and saying temperature does not affect the cold virus?


Open Question

Common cold! HELP???


im currently experiencing a cold and i need it to go away fast i have plans in 4 days that cant be canceled. i have just common symptoms such as head ache,sore throat,congested nose, and tiredness. im not a big fan of using antibiotics, or over the counter medicine, but my headaches have been so bad that i finally decided i needed to take and ibuprofen. i have a nasal spray but it doesn’t help at all. if you have anything you could suggest that could help me i would love your input.

Answers (5)

I use the Theraflu cough syrups, they’re about the only thing I’ve ever found to help when I get a bad cold.
Have you tried The sauna

54. Remedy From Chilly Harbin China (part 1)

yinyang.Yang, a visiting scholar, with his wife Li, is from Harbin, China which is located wayyyyy in Northeastern China, Harbin is famous for its ice sculptures in winter. They are used to REALLY cold winters. according to a travel story I read by Paul Theroux, He wrote that the inhabitants don’t even bother turning on their heat in winter. Perhaps an exaggeration, but I’m sure they are quite used to living adeptly in the cold.

Thus the chilly room at the university housing apartment on this chilly night.

Inevitably the discussion turned to their home cold remedies.

“What do you do in Harbin for colds?”

Yes they do get colds there too. “Well first you drink hot water, then take a nap. Then you can go out to the spa. It’s a public place, not in your home, like a large swimming pool, and you can dive under the water, It feels great.”

“But that is only if your cold is just getting started,” Yang said. “Not if the cold is already full blown. If your cold has progressed to your lungs, then you should just stay home. Bundle up and rest and sleep.”

Good common sense advice.

Then Lee recalled another remedy, involving “cocola…or paypsee…”

“Uhhhhh…you  mean “Cocacola? and Pepsi?” I asked.

“Yes. Well you take the Coca-cola and slice fresh ginger into it Then you bring it all to a boil. then drink it down and take a nap. And the virus is alway gone when you wake up,” she reported.

Our other companion, Stuart, pointed out that kids would probably like it due to it being Coca-cola and sweet.

 (Analysis continued in Part 2)

47. from Switzerland more cold remedies

Not only do the Swiss people give us the lovely little “Ricola” cough drops…(pronounced with a yo-o-o-o-o-odel, as in “Ri-i-i-i-i-i-i-c-o-o-o-o-o-o-ola-a-a-a!” )  but they also have a few other interesting cold remedies,

Swiss Alps

yes they get common colds here too, but its so beautiful who cares?

I imagine that living amongst the spectacular snowy Alps, the Swiss folks get lots of colds, but, they are in such bliss with the beauty who would care so much?  And the musical tinkle of the charming swiss cow bells across the  grassy slopes, while dining on that kirsch imbued fondue by the fireplaces. Well, perhaps there is no big rush to getting better  .This

One good factor in their favor is that Swiss tend to be very athletic, climbing up all those steep mountain paths. They are in good shape. And they are also very developed in their snowy winter cultural lifestyle, knowing how to dress and live warmly.

Another advantage is that they are a very highly educated and wealthy society.

But, nonetheless, here’s a couple of interesting traditional Swiss cold remedies from my  friend Nadine. Both are traditional plasters that a cold sufferer can apply to your neck and chest area when you have a sore throat.

One is a warm plaster made of mashed potatoes. You leave it on for less than an hour and it warms up your throat area. I asked if one would salt and pepper it and eat it afterwards, but she said no.

Another is a cool yogurt plaster, but importantly it must be a very rich, thick yogurt. She did not find such a yogurt here in our Santa Cruz goceries, but probably a thick high-fat “greek-style” yogurt would be similar. The idea is to draw out the toxins from your throat area.

Doctor’s wife analysis:  warm is good, and I’m sure warm potatoes sounds very comforting.

Cool? Well, perhaps there is some benefit for beautifying your skin, but probably doesn’t help inhibit the virus from growing faster.

Another thought- –  if you have either of these plasters  applied to your throat, you are much less likely to go out in public. Therefore it prevents you from spreading the  germs. So bingo! there’s a benefit right there!

I’ll try them out next time I feel the rawness  coming on in my throat. And the Ricola too. And by the way, lots of hot soups and hot tea with honey and lemon is also recommended. These I am wholeheartedly in favor of.

Thanks Nadine!

swiss cows

Also the Swiss cows, from whence the Swiss chocolate is made. Another good remedy for common cold…according to Rule #10 in my chart!