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Expert Pearls

Common Cold - Buckwheat honey

Buckwheat honey q. 3-4 hrs prn cough in the following doses: a) Children <1 year: Do not use. b) Children 1 - 5 years: ½ teaspoon. c) Children 6 - 11 years: 1 teaspoon and d) age 12 and up: 2 teaspoons. [Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2007;161(12):1140-6. 45925 (2/2008)] Summary Interview

Common Cold - echinacea purpurea extract - 50185

Echinacea purpurea extract (EPE, Echinaforce), an alcoholic tincture prepared from the herb and roots of Echinacea purpurea exhibiting broad activity against a variety of respiratory viruses, and also reduced local inflammation, given at 0.9 ml (25 drops) dissolved in a sip of water and held for 10 seconds in the mouth then swallowed, 3 x daily for prophylaxis, increased to 5 x daily during the acute phase of a common cold, resulted in a considerable preventive effect in the overall cold episodes and total episode days; significantly prevented recurrent infections; and reduced virally confirmed respiratory infections with superior effects against membranous viruses like influenza, respiratory syncytial- or corona-viruses. There were no greater side effects compared to controls. [Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:841315. 50185 (3/2013)] Interview PubMed

Common Cold - juice plus® - 48189

Juice Plus® at four capsules daily for six months reduced cold and flu symptoms. [Br J Nutr, 2010 Aug 23;1-5; [Epub ahead of print]. 48189 (11/2010)] Summary Interview PubMed

Common Cold - Mold allergy

Mold allergy - reduce humidity in house; clean house regularly; look for stains or wet surfaces; teach children not to eat in the bedroom, not to leave the TV in the bedroom, and not to lie on carpet; clean the carpet regularly; maintain good circulation of the air throughout the house; and open the windows when weather permits. [Clinical Pediatrics, December 1997;695-699. 28908 (1998)] Summary Interview

Common Cold - Vitamin C

Vitamin C 1-6 gm/d. [J Am Coll Nutr, 1995;14(2):116-123. 22115 (1995)] Summary Interview

Common Cold - vitamin c - 49909

Vitamin C 1000 mg daily (500 mg 2 x daily) reduced cold symptoms and duration, and improve energy. [Nutrients 2014 Jul 9; 6(7): 2572-83. 49909 (11/2014)] Summary Interview PubMed

Common Cold - vitamin c - 50321

Vitamin C 1-5 grams per day decreased the occurrence of asthma attacks or bronchial reactivity in those who had upper respiratory infections. Individual therapeutic trials of vitamin C are encouraged as soon as cold symptoms start with doses up to, or above 6-8 grams per day. No one knows the most clinically beneficial dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C is cheap and safe. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2013 Nov 26;9(1):46. 50321 (5/2014) Interview PubMed

Common Cold - zinc acetate lozenges - 48817

Zinc acetate lozenges at 75 mg per day or more (without binders in the zinc lozenges) started as soon after the onset of common cold symptoms as possible at 2 hour intervals. 80 to 90 mg of zinc as zinc acetate without additives that bind zinc were most effective. [Open Respir Med J, 2011;5:51-8. Epub ahead of print. 48817 (9/2011)] Summary Interview PubMed

Common Cold - Zinc gluconate glycine lozenges

Zinc gluconate glycine lozenges (13.3 mg) sucked on q. 2 hrs (6 in a day). Though beneficial supplemented subjects had more side effects than placebo subjects. [Ann Intern Med, July 15, 1996;125(2):81-88. 25352 (1996)] Summary Interview
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