For specific symptoms:
DRY COUGH: Allergies may play a part. Take fish oil, enough to get 4 grams of EPA and DHA daily, and natural antihistamines and anti- inflammatories such as stinging nettle, quercetin, bromelain, and turmeric, available in combination formulas.
WET COUGH AND CONGESTION: Wet coughs can be viral, bacterial, or a combination of the two. Elderberry ( Sambucus) in syrup, gummies, or lozenges helps fight both viruses and bacteria. Additional antibacterial cough remedies include herbs that contain berberine, such as Oregon grape, yellow root, goldenseal, and/ or barberry, in capsules or tinctures.
For congestion, take an herbal bath or shower ( see No.4 ) , or flush sinuses using a Netti Pot with salt and a drop of rosemary. Take andrographis, and if you notice a yellowish or greenish discharge, there could be a bacterial infection on top of the cold or flu virus. Herbs that contain berberine, such as Oregon grape and goldenseal, are natural antibiotics. Editor's Product Pick: Nature’s Answer Sambucus Mega Gummies 7x
SORE THROAT: Gargling with salt water reduces mucus, and herbs can coat and soothe the throat. Choose teas with slippery elm, marshmallow root, and ginger. To make your own ginger tea, chop fresh ginger root, brew for minutes in a tea ball, and sip it throughout the day. Throat sprays and respiratory tonics may also include
other herbs such as osha and elecampane.
FEELING WEAK OR TIRED: Take the above remedies, and get plenty of rest. Among the mushrooms, cordyceps is especially good for enhancing energy. Editor's Product Pick: NovaForme Cytogreens for Athletes ( cordyceps is a key ingredient, along with green foods, probiotics and antioxidants)
LINGERING SYMPTOMS: If you’ve been taking natural remedies and feel better, but some symptoms just won’t go away, Warner recommends trying acupuncture or shiatsu ( or just getting a massage) to help the immune system beat the last of it.