Colds and Flu

Matthew Capowski

Staff member
Please note this topic is not used to discuss influenza.

This thread is for discussing the common cold which Wikipedia defines as:

The common cold (also known as nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis, acute coryza, head cold, or simply a cold) is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract which primarily affects the nose.​

Various sources indicate there are over 200 different viruses associated with the common cold.

Todd Caldecott has written excellent articles on colds and is the recommended place to start on the subject. See the following articles by Todd:

Dealing with cold and flu season
Herbal Treatment for Colds, Flu and Fever
Colds, Flu and Fever
How to prevent colds and flu?
How can I treat a summer cold?

Paul Bergner has a brief summary of herbs used in various phases of having a cold: Immune - Cold and flu as well an article that talks about some of the subtleties and differentiations to treating colds: Diaphoretics and Colds