It seems like there is a never-ending cycle of runny noses at Will’s new school. Its unlike any of the other 3 schools he has attended. The viscous flow of thick snot, a permanent adornment to the same few kids that reaches out to the others in varying degrees. This winter, as soon as Will is done with one cold, he began another. Just before we left for a 3 week adventure in the Philippines, I took Will in for a check up. This last round of colds overlapped each other. Before that he had had at least a few days symptom free. His pediatrician reminds me how these frequent colds will give him an strong adult immune system. And, the fact that I keep catching his colds is all part of the package of childrearing. This made me feel better, intellectually.
So, off we went to the Philippines and Will’s sinuses cleared. (He did have a few “upsets”, but those were travel related.) Then back in The States, with less than half a week back at school, Will landed another round of the runny nose, cough variety of colds. Lucky me, I caught it again as well. (I wonder if this strengthens my immune system too? But already being an adult, I suspect it more informs me that I need to be taking better of myself day-to-day. i.e. stress less, eat better, exercise, etc.)
This time around, being fed up, I am using an herbal arsenal. Alopathic medicine can do nothing for us, but I know that natural medicine can. So I rummaged around my vitamin/medicine cupboard and found a bottle of Zong Gan Ling Chinese Herbs for Flu & Cold. I haven’t used that stuff since before I was pregnant with Will. Now that we are all done with breastfeeding I can safely bring it out again. I began my dosing last night. I am happy to report that I feel improved. I am taking the lowest dose possible because I am at less than half a small bottle.
Description: For Symptomatic Relief of Cold or Flu. Used for symptomatic relief of severe or advanced head cold or flu. With symptoms such as headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, fever and chills. Clears heat, drains dampness, eliminates cold, releases muscles, relieves pain.
The above formula is for when the cold has definitely taken its hold. There is another version called Dr. Shen’s Yin Chiao Cold Stop that one can take if you are feeling the first twinges of an oncoming cold that could K.O. that sucker before it can sink its nasty claws into you through and through. I know that’s a ballsy claim, but, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Get a load of the description:
Description of “Cold Stop”: The actual, long sought cure for the common cold, a hundred percent herbal, a hundred percent safe, one of nature”s great gifts to humanity, already in use for hundreds of years, and the Western world is just catching on.
I’ve had it work for me. The only thing you have to do is take it. That’s it. Otherwise, it won’t work. Now, this time around it didn’t work for me because I forgot about it. That’s why I am using “the red bottle”. Oh, and hey, doubters, you can read reviews on line and see that there are plenty who have had the same success as me.
And, drink plenty of fluids, get some rest, and eat some decent food. That’s important too. Try and fit in a comedy or two and your golden!
Next on my agenda: What herbals can and will I give to Will?