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Complementary Therapies for the Common Cold

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by Schroeder K
images for herbs in beverages article When a cold strikes, many people think of antibiotics to treat it. However, antibiotics are not effective against colds because colds are caused by viruses, and antibiotics are designed to fight bacteria, not viruses.
What about natural therapies? The evidence may still be inconclusive, but some of these natural therapies may help minimize the misery of a cold.
Consider these examples:
 

RESOURCES

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
http://nccam.nih.gov

American Herbal Products Association
http://www.ahpa.org

 

References


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