How to beat coughs and sneezes: The reason you get every cold going… and ten ingenious ways to fight off sniffles
The cold season is fast upon us. A lucky few might skip through to next spring unscathed, but most of us will succumb, enduring between two and five bouts of sniffing and sneezing each year — each lasting an average of nine days.
The expert tips if you DO get ill
There is no strong evidence that anything works to shorten a cold says Professor Wendy Barclay, a virologist at Imperial College, London, but: ‘treating symptoms with over-the-counter remedies like decongestants or painkillers will help make you feel better’.
Stop it in its tracks
Elizabeth Williamson, director of the British Herbal Medicine Association and professor of pharmacy at the University of Reading, prefers the herb Pelargonium when cold symptoms strike.
‘Trials indicate that it stops some types of cold and flu virus replicating and improves the immune system’s response to the viruses,’ she says. Try Schwabe Kaloba, from £5.99 at Boots, Holland & Barrett and all good pharmacies and health stores.
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Kaloba, which contains extract of Pelargonium sidoides EPs 7630, is licensed to relieve upper respiratory tract infections such as the common cold. Kaloba has been scientifically proven to shorten the duration of upper respiratory tract infections, such as acute bronchitis and the common cold, and it also reduce the severity of the symptoms. Much research has been carried out that demonstrates valuable pharmacological activity of extract Pelargonium sidoides EPs7630. In addition, many clinical trials involving more than 9,200 adults and children have been carried out demonstrating the efficacy, safety and tolerability of this natural product with excellent results. Unlike many herbal cold remedies, such as Echinacea, Kaloba is also suitable for asthma sufferers and other vulnerable patient groups.
Studies have shown that Kaloba has a triple action effect:
1.Anti-viral: stimulates killer t-cell production, they attack viruses
2.Anti-bacterial: prevents attachment and multiplication of bacteria and viruses
3.Removes mucus more effectively from nasal packages
The Kaloba range includes convenient tablets, traditional oral drops and a sugar-free syrup formulation, which is both alcohol and additive free and should be taken at the first sign of a cold. Kaloba syrup and Kaloba oral drops are suitable to be taken by children 6 years and over and Kaloba® tablets from 12 years. For more information visit http://www.kaloba.co.uk