Naturally Treat Cold & Flu: Defense (Part 1)

Stop sickness at the front door with this simple protocol when you have the first hint that a cold is approaching.  Our resident Acupuncturist/Herbalist/Master Healer, Mika Ichihara, M.S., L.Ac., B.Phar., offers her tips for how to remain healthy during the cold season.  The key she says is to “stop virus invasion into the body at the earliest stage.”

Preventing a cold from taking hold is not difficult if you act early.  This means taking actions as soon as you start feeling any symptoms – sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, coughing, slight headache, chills, warmth/feverish, stiffness of the neck, etc. – coming on.  When you start to experience these symptoms, the virus is knocking on the door, trying to penetrate deeper into the body, while the body is recruiting its defenses.  If your body misses this earliest opportunity to expel, then the virus will start to invade deeper into the system, causing more severe and persistent symptoms.  Once you reach this stage of more intense symptoms, it becomes more difficult to ease the symptoms and the cold might have to run its course (usually about 10 days).

Remember that the initial invasion stage happens very fast, often within a day.  So, you have to take care of yourself as soon as you start feeling symptoms.

Here are some simple natural recommendations to turn away common cold and flu at the earliest stage. These measures help to boost the body’s natural defenses and close the door on cold bugs.  Please try these as soon as you start feeling any of the symptoms listed above.

Tips to Keep a Cold at Bay:

  • Take Vitamin C 1,000 – 1,500 mg/day (when healthy 500 mg/day). Food-based (natural or whole food) vitamin C is more potent than synthetic ones.
  • Take 4 drops of Oil of Oregano 4-6 times a day (available from Mika).
  • Drink ginger tea (Boil 3 cups of water and add peeled and sliced ginger root (a thumb size piece).  Cook for 30-40 minutes until the tea turns to dark yellow.  Add honey to 1 cup of tea to help sooth the throat, if you like.)
  • Drink Echinacea tea (Alvita), Echinacea Immune Boosting Tea (Yogi Tea) and/or tincture (Nature’s answer)
  • Take Chinese herbs for cold & flu (available at Mika).
  • Gargle with salt water if you have sore throat.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat warm food, especially vegetable soups, to sweat out.

For more information:

Mika Ichihara, M.S., L.Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist


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