In our last newsletter we introduced the idea that it’s easy to cure the common cold and flu if you support, rather than suppress, the body’s natural ability to fight the cold. In that first part of this article, we talked about Activating the body’s energies to get rid of colds and flu. Often, this is all that is necessary, but sometimes you also need to open up the body’s eliminative channels to help cleanse out the cold. This is because a cold and flu is really a sort of “cleansing crisis,” meaning the body is trying to discharge substances that irritate it.
The fever, sneezing, sinus drainage, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea associated with colds, flu and other infectious ailments are all generated by the immune system to flush irritants. When you suppress these symptoms, you’re actually interfering with the body’s ability to flush out the disease. In contrast, if you support the body’s efforts by opening up the channels of elimination, you shorten the length of time you’re going to be ill.
This is the C or Cleansing part of the A-C-B method for curing colds and flu.
Cleansing is done in four steps. You don’t need to do all of these things. Simply select the cleansing proceedures that are most appropriate for your illness.
Step 1: Clear the Colon
To break a fever and dramatically reduce congestion in minutes, clear the colon. The fastest way to do this is with an enema. However, if you’re not brave enough to take an enema, there are other ways.
Try taking digestive enzymes along with your herbal activator. For example, take 2 Proactazyme Plus or 1-2 Food Enzymes every hour with plenty of water. This will break down material in the intestines and usually clear the colon within 2-6 hours. Drinking freshly made apple juice or prune juice will also help. If you experience nausea, vomiting and stomach-related distress, FV is a soothing remedy.
If you have a fever, bitter herbs will help to clear the digestive tract and cool down the system more rapidly. Goldenseal/Echinacea or Oregon grape are good choices here. Again, the key is small, frequently repeated doses. Use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per hour.
LB Extract combined with lobelia can also be used to clear the colon and reduce the fever. Use 1/4 teaspoon of LB Extract with 5-10 drops of lobelia every 30-60 minutes until the bowels evacuate.
Step 2: Break a Sweat
Perhaps you’ve heard about sweating out a cold and, believe it or not, it works! Native Americans used a sweat lodge to do this therapy, but you can also use a sauna if one is available. Since most of us don’t have our own sauna or sweat lodge, here’s how to do a sweat bath at home.
Brew up some HCP-X tea or make some tea with Yarrow and Chamomile (2 capsules each per cup of water). If you don’t like the taste of the tea, you can take 2-3 capsules of yarrow or 2 capsules of HCP-X and sip warm water while in the bath (it is very important that the tea or the water is warm, not cold).
Once you have your tea ready, draw a bath as hot as you can comfortably tolerate. Optionally, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the bath. Sit in the bath and drink the warm tea or water for about 15-20 minutes.
Get out of the bath, dry off, go to bed and pile on the blankets. Continue to drink plenty of liquids until you start perspiring. It’s amazing how quickly this can break up colds, flu and many other acute ailments.
Step 3: Wash it Out
Notice that we keep stressing the need to drink lots of water. The adage, “rest and drink plenty of fluids,” is good advice because water is absolutely necessary for all eliminative channels. It lubricates the colon, helps the sweat glands, waters down mucus in the respiratory passages and facilitates kidney function.
When you’re sick you’ll notice swollen tissues, such as the lymph nodes in your neck or chest. You can reduce this swelling and lymphatic congestion by mixing 1 teaspoon Kidney Drainage Formula and 1 teaspoon Lymphatic Drainage Formula into a quart of water and then sipping the water frequently. This is particularly important when a person has a sore throat or earache.
Step 4: Expel the Congestion
When you’re coughing or sneezing, your body is trying to expel irritating substances from the sinuses and lungs. Trying to dry up the sinuses or surpress the cough is counterproductive. What you want is a remedy that will break up mucus and help the body expell it. These remedies are called decongestants and expectorants.
Hands down, ALJ is a very effective herbal decongestant and expectorant. This valuable blend is available in capsules, liquid and tablets, and can be used by persons of all ages from kids to the elderly. Take 2-4 capsules or 1/2 teaspoon every two hours along with plenty of water and your herbal activator when you’re congested.
When taking ALJ, don’t expect it to dry up your runny nose or supress your cough. It is not designed to do that. On the contrary, you may cough or sneeze a little more at first, but this is just the body clearing out what’s bothering it. As soon as it has expelled the irritants, you’ll feel a lot better—guaranteed.
When you have an infection in the lungs, combine ALJ with garlic. For kids, poke a hole in a Garlic Oil gelcap and give the oil to them orally. You can also dilute it with a little massage oil and rub it on their chest. For adults, take one tablet of High Potency Garlic every four hours. If you can tolerate it, eat 1-2 cloves of raw garlic every two hours. Combined with ALJ, garlic is really effective at eliminating congestion in the lungs.
We’ve stressed avoiding food while helping the body clear out the disease. This is because the body needs to concentrate its energy on fighting off the illness, not digesting food. When Hippocrates said, “Feed a cold, starve a fever,” what he meant was “If you feed a cold, you will have to starve a fever.” Eating solid food, especially animal proteins, dairy, grains or products containing refined sugar, will only contribute to the environment that is allowing the “germs’ to take hold.
Once the symptoms have subsided and your energy is returning, you can start eating again, but don’t introduce heavy foods right away. Start with soups, fruits and vegetables and then work up to heavier foods over a 24 hour period. This helps prevent relapse.