Common Colds and the Flu

The common cold and flu are two of the most frequent illnesses as measured by patient complaints, particularly during the winter with an estimated one billion colds reported annually. The common cold leads to almost 100 million physician visits annually (1) and affects productivity at work. (2) The flu is close behind but is less predictable. Flu viruses are constantly changing so it's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year and for the number of cases of the flu to fluctuate from year to year.

Colds and flus are usually caused by a viral infection; colds are commonly associated with adenoviruses, coronaviruses, parainfluenza viruses, respiratory syncytial viruses and particularly human rhinoviruses.(3) The flu is associated with the influenza virus. Symptoms include nasal congestion, sneezing, rhinorrhea, headache, chilliness, cough, sore throat, fever and body aches. Research has shown that rhinoviruses attach to receptors on epithelial cells in the upper respiratory tract and initiate an inflammatory response that causes symptom. The US experiences seasonal flu epidemics each year, primarily during the winter which is called the "flu season" although flu outbreaks can happen as early as October or as late as May. The Center for Disease Control monitors key flu indicators such as the levels of influenza-like illness.

Patients often request, and physicians sometime prescribe, antibiotics, although there is little evidence for benefit for treatment of the common cold and uncomplicated cases of flu. (4 – 6) Antibiotics may cause adverse reactions in adults (6) and the inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics is associated with the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (7) In many cases, reduction of severity and duration of symptoms can also be achieved by medication sold over the counter (OTC). However, efficacy and safety of these products should have been proven by pharmacological and clinical studies.

Complex homeopathic medications have been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of the common cold and are an alternative to the use of antihistamines and other medications that often have unacceptable side effects. (8) Some of the common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, blurred vision and confusion.

Hevert® Cold & Flu Relief is a complex homeopathic medication containing ingredients that have historically and clinically been used in homeopathy for treatment of cold and flu symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever and body aches. The active ingredients include Aconitum napellus 6X, Ammonium bromatum 4X, Belladonna officianalis 6X, Bryonia alba 6X, Cinchona officinalis 6X, Echinacea 3X, Mercurius cyanatus 8X, Rhus toxicodendron 6X. These homeopathic remedies are supported by traditional homeopathic principles.

For best results use Hevert® Cold & Flu Relief at the first sign of symptoms and continue for 48 hours after symptoms begin to resolve. The recommended dosage for adults and children over 12 years of age is 2 tablets dissolved in mouth 3 times daily. In acute cases, dissolve 2 tablets in mouth 6 times daily. Children 6 to 12 years of age: Dissolve 1 tablet in mouth 3 times daily. In acute cases, dissolve 1 tablet in mouth 6 times daily.

Hevert® Cold & Flu Relief can be integrated with other treatments including Echinacea as a dietary supplement, dietary changes or even conventional medicine treatments.

References

  1. Allen LV. Colds & cough. Int J Pharm Compd 2012;16:480-483.
  2. Singh M, Singh M. Heated, humidified air for the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013;6:CD001728.
  3. Dreschers S, Dumitru CA, Adams C, Gulbins E. The cold case: are rhinoviruses perfectly adapted pathogens? Cell Mol Life Sci 2007;64:181-191.
  4. Simasek M, Blandino DA. Treatment of the common cold. Am Fam Physician 2007;75:515-520.
  5. Kenealy T, Arroll B. Antibiotics for the common cold and acute purulent rhinitis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013;6:CD000247.
  6. Huntington MK, VanKeulen S, Hoffman WW. What ever happened to the common cold? Improving antibiotic utilization. S D Med 2013;66:136-139, 141-143, 145-146.
  7. Goldstein FW. Combating resistance in a challenging, changing environment. Clin Microbiol Infect 2007;13 (Suppl 2):2-6.
  8. Mossad SB, Macknin ML, Medendorp SV, Mason P. Zinc gluconate lozenges for treating the common cold. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Ann Intern Med. 1996 Jul 15;125(2):81-8.
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