Every one of us has at one time or another experienced having a cold. You feel stuffy, your
nose feels swollen, and what’s worse, this causes your sinusitis to act up. Sure, the symptoms that comes with the
common cold are so uncomfortable, you feel like screaming, only you can’t because your throat feels funny, too.
There are actually several herbs available that can help relieve the discomfort of the common cold. These herbs,
called herbal decongestants, work by opening up clogged nasal passages to ease breathing. Herbal decongestants can
be bought and used individually. But for best results, a blend of these botanicals provides the unique healing
qualities of many different herbs in just a single pill.
Herbal and nutritional supplements have long been used traditionally as treatment for illnesses during the cold
season. Ailments such as colds, flus, coughs, sore throats, and congestion can be prevented and eased through
herbal decongestants. However, because of the many herbal decongestants present, you might get confused on which
one to take to remedy which illness. Add to that the confusion of when to take a particular herbal decongestant and
the length of time it should be used and you find yourself in a truly botanical tangle.
Previously, the primary herbal mainstay for herbal decongestants used to be Ma Huang, which is the Chinese name
for Ephedra. Ephedra, in its synthesized form, is more commonly known as ephedrine which is actually the basis for
many prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Ephedrine has been associated with several cases of heart
attack and stroke and in some, even death, so that U.S. health officials decided to ban the use of ephedra in
over-the-counter herbal decongestants and other products in December of 2003.
For general safety, it is strongly recommended that you limit your intake or perhaps avoid altogether using Ma
Huang as an herbal decongestant. As an alternative, you can utilize a combination of herbs in order to create for
yourself an herbal decongestant program. Remember that the most effective herbal cure is one that combines all the
positive effects and nutrients brought by a specific sequence of herbs.
A synergistic effect is created if you rotate and alternate remedies, thus enhancing your body’s ability to
maintain optimal health. This is especially true in the winter when the body’s resistance may be compromised. In
addition to that, natural remedies and herbal decongestants in specific cycles can make the body more sensitive and
During the acute phase of the cold, the best herbal decongestant supplement you can turn to is a combination of
Echinacea and Goldenseal. These two herbs have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and therefore have the
ability to nip the cold or flu in the bud. If the infection persists, you can use herbs known for their
blood-cleansing abilities. These herbs include red clover, sage, and burdock which drain the lymph system of toxic
metabolites created by the blood during an acute infection.
Zinc as a lozenge and antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, C, E, and Selenium should be able to work synergistically
with the blood cleansers in reducing tissue and blood toxicity. During the recovery phase, you can use the herbal
combination of Chinese Astralagus. This herb tonic can enhance the function of the immune system and improve the