As a naturopathic and chiropractic physician, Dr. Randy Meltzer has completed extensive training in herbal medicine. Dr. Randy Meltzer now conducts his own research into homeopathic remedies, while integrating such remedies into his practice.
Herbal remedies can be effective in both treating and preventing the common cold. For prevention, herbalists often recommend astragalus, a common Chinese herb, though reishi and shiitake mushrooms may also prove beneficial. If one has already been exposed to a virus, on the other hand, echinacea can help to stave off infection by stimulating the production of white blood cells and promoting antiviral processes within the body.
Garlic serves to strengthen the body’s immune system in a general sense, and laboratory testing has proven it effective against colds and flu. Elderberry is particularly effective against influenza, as it inhibits the enzyme that causes the spread of this particular virus type.
The traditional healing herb boneset also possesses antiviral properties, and its sweat-producing qualities make it particularly appropriate for colds with fever. Many people find that a sweat bath, taken by immersing oneself in hot water with a cup of tea made from sweating herbs, can break a fever when followed by sleep under warm blankets.