Quiescence Therapeutics

Natural Treatments for Colds and Flu

Annalise Drok

Winter is almost upon us and prevalence of colds and flus’ is on the rise.  It seems general expectation is to just “solider on”, however pushing symptoms to the side can often prolong the illness. Lets take a look at some natural treatments for colds and flu.


A viral infection that can be cleared with appropriate food and plenty of rest can develop into a bacterial infection and consequently a course of antibiotics, something we all want to avoid!  Here we have some tips for natural cold and flu treatment and prevention.

In Chinese herbal medicine there are volumes dedicated to the treatment of the common cold, or invasion of wind pathogens as it is otherwise known.

“Historically wind was said to be the bearer of the ten thousand evils”, it disrupts our protective qi or defense barrier allowing pathogens (bacteria or viruses) to enter the body.

If you were sneezed on, rained on or were under a fan or air-conditioning for too long the bodies  exterior defense mechanism can become weakened.  If your general health is compromised, or the pathogen is particularly strong, it is at this point that you are likely to develop cold and flu symptoms.

As is the nature of wind, cold and flu symptoms may change very quickly necessitating a change in treatment strategy over the course of an illness.  In all cases prompt treatment brings the most effective results. The longer one waits to treat an infectious disease, the longer it takes to clear the pathogen.


Early warning signs that your exterior defense is compromised

  • Fatigue

  • Itchy ears

  • Tight neck

  • Sneezing

  • Dry or scratchy throat

  • Aversion to wind and cold

If you recognize these symptoms and treat accordingly you have a very high chance of avoiding an illness all together.

First Aid Recommendations At This Point:

  • Drink hot lemon, ginger and honey tea.

  • Eat a nourishing soup, stew or risotto made with plenty of chicken broth, fresh ginger, spring onion and garlic

  • REST. Get into bed early and rug up, try and induce a light sweat

  • Acupuncture. This is the most effective time for a treatment


Early Symptoms of Cold or flu

  • Runny or stuffy nose.

  • Sore throat.

  • Slight dry, non-productive cough.

  • Nasal congestion.

  • Body aches or a mild headache.

  • Low-grade fever and/or chills.

This is the point that the symptoms start becoming more noticeable.  The pathogen is still considered to be on the exterior of the body in Chinese Medicine and relatively easy to treat.  Ignoring the symptoms, or pushing on through however can allow the pathogen to enter deeper into the body making it much harder to resolve.

First Aid Recommendations At This Point:

  • Get an acupuncture treatment and some herbal medicine quickly, if we can catch the pathogen while it is still in the exterior there is a really good chance of avoiding the illness.

  • Take the day off and rest. Get into bed and rug up, try and induce a light sweat.

  • Do an old fashioned steam inhalation with a little eucalyptus oil or a tsp of our Eucalyptus Rub added to hot water

  • Drink hot lemon, ginger and honey tea.

  • Eat a nourishing soup, stew or risotto made with plenty of chicken broth, fresh ginger, spring onion and garlic.


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