hi. for about 4 or 5 weeks now i have had a mild earache and have been taking about 4,000 mg of vit c a day then about 2 weeks ago i got a sore throat and then the cold fully came out about a week ago. i have had probably the same as quite a few of you have had, sweating, aches etc. i have also been taking for about 4 weeks sambucol and for about a week now echinachea tincture. not really sure what else i can do to make this virus go away naturally. my ear still hurts and i still have this cold :-(
any further suggestions anyone?
oh and i have been using lavender oil in my aroma stones to kill off the virus in the house. i have run out of tea tree!
I was having problems with chronic ear pain - doc said that there was no infection and suggested just warm cloths (damp flannel, warmed in the microwave for a minute or so). I then tried something that my gran used to use when I was tiny. A peeled clove of garlic, in an egg cup full of olive oil - warmed by putting the egg cup into a basin of boiling water - allow to cool (test on your wrist) then apply a couple of drops into your ears. I didn't smell very nice, but it was very soothing and the pain went within 24 hours.
Perhaps 4000mgs of Vit C is overkill - what your body doesn't use, it simply pees out. As has been recommended on other threads - let your body get rid viri naturally. If you no longer have a raised temperature, then it may be better to avoid meds.
I'm not sure echinacea will have an immediate effect - it tends to be used more as a preventative than a curative. Poor you. Stick to rest, relaxation and hydration - let nature do the rest.
I'd say to stay on the 4000mg of vitamin C. If that dosage is not giving you diarrhea then you do need it. Personally I can only tolerate 750mg/day when I am well, but when I have a cold I can go well over 10,000mg/day before I get diarrhea. Hence you may wish to increase your dosage until you reach saturation... i.e. you get loose bowels.
My suggestion is to blast it with raw garlic. Take a clove of raw garlic every 2 hours, until your symptoms subside. You'll see a reduction of symptoms in 1.5 hours. I usually take vitamin C at the same time. Normally you need to only do this for 4-6 doses. Your bowels will tell you when you need to reduce your dose... then cut it right back to 2/day.
To take raw garlic simply peel and chop very very fine - put onto a tablespoon and swill down with a glass of warm water or weak herbal tea. Don't bother with garlic tablets/capsules - they have no impact on flu. And neither does cooked garlic. It has to be raw garlic!
The above will sort it out, and you'll be back to fine health in no time.
I like to drink Echinacea tea after the cold/flu has gone. I drink one very strong cup/day until the pack is finished. I'm not sure that Echinacea will do anything whilst you have a cold. It's better for prevention. Likewise for Cat's Claw and Sambucol. Though Caroline is more knowledgeable re the latter two.
I would also add that unless you have just come back from the tropics, use a sunbed regularly, or take about 5000iu of vitamin D per day, then you are pretty certain to be vitamin D deficient. And that could certainly account for persistent colds with excessive symptoms.
What is not so certain:
1) exactly how deficient you are
2) how significant it is in this case.
If you're up for it I would suggest going to a good tanning salon a few times and see what happens. It won't make it any worse.
But do please report back if you do, feedback is enormously helpful.
A bit of feedback. At your recommendation I suggested 6000iu/day D3 to a friend who used to travel a lot in warmer climes, and is utterly miserable here in the UK. Plus he has loads of random aches and pains. Within two days his mood had begun to lift, and since beginning supplementation 2 weeks ago his joint and muscle pains have reduced. He's also taking the co-factors.
Thanks for reinforcing, at any opportunity, that D3 is generally terribly deficient in the UK at this time of year.
hi thanks for all your suggestions. i have also had manuka honey jeannie! looks as though the vit d route is the one that is left then! will give it a try :-) i would have a go at sunbeds but i used to use them quite a bit and i have a dodgey looking mole on my leg now so not keen on going on them anymore!
Well at this time of year you should be getting vitamin D from somewhere anyway, cold or not, and the amounts in multiviatmins are terribly inadequate. It takes at least 4000iu per day just to stop levels backsliding.
Normally some depletion during winter is to be tolerated, but the amounts must be made back up in the spring. If you have been avoiding the sun because of your skin condition then you will have started the winter seriously depleted, and this may answer your original question - why won't the cold go away?
Interestingly enough, rates of skin cancer have been increasing in the USA all the time that sun exposure has been decreasing, suggesting that avoiding the sun causes more problems than it solves. Suncream makes things worse, lathering yourself in parafin with titanium nanoparticles then grilling for hours longer than sensible has to be questioned.
Sunbeds are, of course, an unknown quantity, so a precautionary principle may apply, especially under the circumstances described. However, the 'expert' advice I have seen about avoiding their use seems to be a default supposition of danger lacking any kind of actual evidence base.
All I can say is you need to get vitamin D from somewhere, it isn't optional if you want to retain health.
the ear pain might be related to sciatic or nerve problems (neuralgia); liquid antiviral echinacea is really good to use for immune system - i am terrified of getting a cold or flu and haven't had one for many years. they say not to use it for extended periods but so far i swear by it. but whatever you do, try to strengthen your immune system. before anything will work, you have to be clean inside; it may take weeks or years. vinegar helps but internal cleansing is extremely difficult i find. i have gotten rid of lots of tissues and stuff; liquid helmin helps. it's a long go. people do notice a difference in me now though and i can get back to my life. lots of luck, stay away from sick people!
I have had an ongoing cold since I was little. Why?
I for many years have always had colds which vary from really bad to a simple blocked nose. My nose on the other hand is always blocked but this again it either really bad when I have a bad cold and troubles me when it comes to breathing and at other times I barely notice it but you can still feel the blockage.
The symptoms of these colds include;
blocked or runny nose
feeling of sickness
occasional dizziness (very rarely)
worse at night
extreme changes in temperature from boiling to freezing
some colds give me an aching jaw, and aching upper arms and thighs
so basically all the symptoms you'd get from a cold but mine is ongoing
these don't always come in the same cold sometimes they're always slightly different like in my current cold I don't have a cough.
I used an asthma pump as a child which did stop them but then I moved into Suffolk and it went away so I stopped using the asthma pump and I've been here for 3 years now and its been back for no longer than a year now.