Wednesday, December 8, 2010

NATURAL CURE ...The Common Cold.

The common cold, also known as "acute coryza," is an inflammation of the upper respiratorytract and is caused by infection with virus. It occurs more often than all other diseases. A personsuffers from this disease three times in a year on an average. A cold usually lasts from three toten days. The patient feels miserable for the first three days or so.
Symptoms
The first signs of a cold are a feeling of soreness of the throat and congestion of the nasalpassage. Although the disease normally begins in the nose and throat, it affects all parts of thebody. Its usual symptoms are a running nose, sneezing, a rise in temperature, headache, sorethroat, chill, aches and pains in the body and loss of appetite. The skin around the nostrils maybecome sore.
Causes
The common cold results from exposure to a virus. Its inten- sity however, depends upon thestate of health of the person and by environmental factors. Lowered vitality, allergic disorders ofthe nose and throat, chilling of the body, lack of sleep, depression, fatigue and factors such assudden changes in temperature, dust and other irritating inhalations are important contributorycauses for the development of a cold.The real cause of a cold, however, is the toxic condition of the body brought about by wrongfeeding habits such as an excessive intake of starch, carbohydrates, proteins and otheracid-forming foods. A cold is, therefore, nature’s simplest way of expelling toxic waste from thehuman system. The duration of the cold will depend on the amount of poisons accumulated inthe body and the rapidity with which they are expelled.
Treatment
To treat a cold by means of customary suppressive drugs like aspirin and codeline only pavesthe way for future trouble of a more serious nature. For such a treatment puts a sudden stop tothe eliminative process then taking place and forces the toxic matter back into the tissues again.Moreover, drugs have no effect on the duration of the cold. It has been aptly said that a cold canbe cured in a week by taking medicines,otherwise it will subside in seven days.The only real treatment for colds is a proper diet. The best way to begin the treatment is to putthe patient on a fast for two days. Nothing should be taken during this period except warm watermixed with lemon juice and honey or fruit juice and hot water. A liquid diet of fruit juice inlargeamounts is necessary to neutralise the acid condition of the blood and hot drinks are needed tohelp clear the kidneys. Pineapple juice in particular is highly beneficial. A warm water enemashould be used daily to cleanse the bowels during this period.The short juice fast may be followed by an exclusive fresh fruit diet for three days. IN thisregimen, the patient should have three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as apples,pears,grapes, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, peaches, melon or any other juicy fruit in season.Bananas, dried or stewed or tinned fruits, should not be taken. No other foodstuff should beadded to the diet as otherwise the whole value of the treatment is lost.After the exclusive fruit diet, the patient should gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet ofthree basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts and grains (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits. It is advisable to avoid meat, fish, eggs, cheese and starchy foods for a few days.The patient should strengthen the system as a whole by taking a diet which supplies all thevitamins and minerals the body needs. Vitamin C, however, heads the list of these nutrients. Itprotects one against infection and acts as a harmless antibiotics. It is found in citrus fruits,greenleafy vegetables, sprouted Bengal and green grams.
Garlic soup is an ancient remedy to reduce the severity of cold. Garlic contains antiseptic andantispasmodic properties besides several other medicinal virtues. The volatile oil in garlic flushesout the system of all toxins and thus helps bring down fever. Garlic oil combined with onion juice,diluted with water and drunk several times a day, has also been found in several studies to beextremely effective in the treatment of the common cold.Ginger is also an excellent food remedy for colds and coughs. Ginger should be cut into smallpieces and boiled in a cup of water ; it should then be strained and half a teaspoon of sugaradded to it. It should be drunk while it is still hot, in case of colds. Ginger tea, prepared by addinga few pieces of ginger into boiled water before adding tea leaves, is also an effective remedy forcolds and for fevers resulting from cold.Turmeric, with its antiseptic properties, is an effective remedy for cold and throat irritations. Halfa teaspoonful of fresh turmeric powder mixed in 30 grams of warm milk is a useful prescriptionfor these conditions. Turmeric powder should be put into a hot ladle. Milk should then be pouredin it and boiled over a slow fire. In case of a running cold, smoke from the burning turmericshould be inhaled. It will increase the discharge from the nose and will bring quicker relief.
Water Treatment
A hot water bath, if it can be taken without undue exposure, is recommended as it helps relievemuch of the congestion in the chest and nasal membranes. Hot packs or fomentations areexcellent for treating chest and head colds. Steam bath, hot foot bath and hot hip bath are alsobeneficial as they stimulate perspiration. Steam inhalation will help relieve the congestion of thenasal tissues. Gargling with hot water mixed with salt is beneficial for a sore throat. Cold chestpacks should be applied two or three times a day as they will relieve congestion of lungs andhelp in eliminating the accumulated mucus.Other useful measures in the treatment of common cold are mild sunbath, fresh air and deepbreathing, brisk walks, sound sleep, adjustment of one’s clothes and habits to the requirementsof the season, so as to nullify the effect of weather fluctuations.Yogasanas like bhujangasana, shalabhasana, dhanurasana, and yogamudra in vajrasana, yogickriyas such as jalneti and vamandhouti and pranayamas such as kapalbhati, anuloma- vilomaand suryabhedana are beneficial in the treatment of the common cold.

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