Common cures for winter colds
Standard medicine has long claimed the common cold as one of life’s greatest mysteries, something we may have to endure for eternity. Or do we?
Cold medications help to ease the symptoms of a cold, but they won’t combat the virus or help you heal any faster. The good news is that there may be a cure in the works. Science has proven for the first time that the immune system is able to fight off viruses after they’ve invaded the cell (previously thought impossible), opening the door to completely new ways of looking at antiviral drugs, paving the way for a cure. But, with research in early development, potential treatment could be light years away. In the meantime are we destined to suffer?
Natural medicine claims it is possible – with a healthy immune system – to combat cold viruses, or at least reduce their severity and duration. Furthermore, emerging bodies of clinical evidence are now starting to back these claims – such as the recent re-evaluation of the herb echinacea, proving that it has significant effect in preventing colds and also in limiting their duration. With research concluding that echinacea reduced the risk of catching a cold by 58 percent (according to meta-analyses published by The Lancet of Infectious Disease).
While conventional medicine tends to view singular causes for disorders, natural health systems believe that illness results from various imbalances in the body, that make you susceptible to getting sick. With factors such as diet, stress levels, lifestyle and hereditary traits playing a significant part in maintaining balance, explaining why some people rarely, if ever, catch colds while others seem to be permanently attached to a handkerchief.