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Does Eleuthero Belong in Your Cold Remedy Kit?

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Does Eleuthero Belong in Your Cold Remedy Kit?

Here are some common names by which eleuthero has been known historically:

Ci Wu Jia, Devil’s Shrub, Eleutherococcus, Siberian Ginseng, Touch-Me-Not

Its botanical names include:

acanthopanax senticosus, eleutherococcus senticosus

It’s cold season right now and many of us have had to deal with the coughing, aching, sneezing type symptoms we’ve come to know are part of catching the common cold, but if we just take a few simple actions we may be able to “knock out” the annoying common cold faster than usual and shorten its duration, even if we can’t cure it!

The following list includes some common sense tips which may be helpful to review here (and yes I know there are tons more but I must share with you that while I was researching this list, I was reminded of a very interesting herb which is known in Chinese Medicine, as Kan Jang or simply, eleuthero!) So while you peruse these simple tips you might want to consider doing a bit of research on eleuthero, see if it resonates with you and if it does then keep this herb on hand to add to your home remedy tool kit.

When we first feel the symptoms of catching a cold, what do we do first?

1. Rest

At the first sign of a cold be sure to just slow down and rest, as it is vital to give your body some down time to help it fight off the cold virus. So keep warm and snuggle up in bed! If you don’t you may be headed for secondary, more complicated infections. In fact a cold may be the body’s way to slow you down so you stop driving yourself into exhaustion.

2. Brush your teeth

Brush your teeth with a non-fluoridated toothpaste and include a bit of baking soda on your brush. This simple act may help prevent your cold from going into pneumonia. The baking soda also helps to alkalize your mouth a bit. There is tons of research on the merits of alkalizing our systems a bit above the normal range, as acidity is the natural environment of most disease conditions.

Some studies have shown that people with deep gum pockets at their gum line are more likely to have their colds move into pneumonia. This occurs since these bugs love to hide in these deep pockets. Also be sure to throw away your old toothbrush once you have recovered from your cold or flu. The same bugs that were involved when you got sick can hide in your toothbrush and return to re-infect you. So therefore be sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day. You can also brush your tongue to get rid of that furry feeling but please don’t forget to floss, because gum infections can raise your risk of heart attack and stroke. Poor oral health habits have been linked to obesity, dementia, pre-term births and underweight babies.

3. Drop sugar and fructose from your diet!

Sugar (almost all of it) serves as fuel for the bacteria that can damage your teeth and boost your risk of disease. Take away the bugs’ fuel, and they die. It is also said that sugar and starches (grains such as wheat, corn, soy) are the fuel cancerous tumors love best whereas quality proteins and healthy fats starve these vary same tumors.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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8:39AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you Celeste, for Sharing this!

5:52AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Anyway, garlic in the best!

5:51AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Never heard of Eleuthero.

9:51AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

I'll stick with Sambucol black elderberry. It's an old-fashioned remedy, has well-documented anti-viral properties, is inexpensive,and works. Syrup and cough drops can be bought at most pharmacies but you may have to ask for it.

10:31AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

If I could add one thing for the cold prevention and cure -- run your toothbrush through the dishwasher everyday until your cold is gone. Then, as soon as you're sure it's over, get a new one so you don't reinfect yourself.

8:57AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

I'm not impressed with this article. The information regarding echinacea and zinc is out of date. Other statements seem questionable. Plus, there is no real exploration of the topic, "Does Eleuthero Belong in Your Cold Remedy Kit?"

So much of what is posted on Care2 is of higher quality that I'm disappointed when I see this.

8:09PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Thank you, Celeste. I found this article very informative and well researched. Thank you for the link to the information on Vit. C.

7:31PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

thank you

6:54PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

thanks! i've never heard of eleuthero before.

10:48AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Soğuk algınlığı için "Ayağını sıcak tut başını serin" derler ve tabii ki beslenmenin de rolü vardır.Bitkisel çaylar ballı ıhlamur arada bir içmek ve mevsimine göre giyinmek şart.Teşekkürler iyi ki varsınız.

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