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Natural Antiviral Remedies for the Common Cold

Beyond Echinacea

The common cold affects our lives in several ways. We feel miserable and in many cases we miss work or school. A child coughing and/or with fever keeps us up at night because we are concerned. We commonly turn to conventional drugs to stop the coughing and break the fever. Would you be surprised if I told you that effectiveness of cough medicines (antitussives) is controversial and we probably buy cough medicines because they reassure us and not because they actually work? We hope to avoid antibiotics but sometimes the infection wins over our body’s defences. What if an herbal-based remedy could alleviate the symptoms and help our body fight off the infection?

According to Dr. Bryce Wylde, ginger is known as the Universal Remedy. Its health benefits are vast. Ginger has a very long history of use in home remedies for the common cold. This herb has been shown to have antibacterial effects against a range of micro-organisms as well as antiviral and immunomodulatory effects. A formulation with ginger alone could be a solution to our common cold but the combination with goldenrod turned out to be a very good remedy for reducing the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections.

Tamiflu® is a synthetic antiviral prescribed to reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory infections. There is a natural equivalent to Tamiflu®. Studies have shown that a proprietary blend (GOLDaid™) of goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) had comparable antiviral properties in experimental studies. The antiviral activity of this herbal formulation was tested in vitro and in vivo against the influenza virus and shown to be comparable to Tamiflu®.

A double-blind randomized controlled trial showed that GOLDaid™ was statistically superior to a commercial formulation of Echinacea for the treatment of colds. The study showed that GOLDaid™ significantly alleviated cold symptoms. This is a very interesting outcome considering that Echinacea had been shown to reduce the duration and severity when used alone. Independent databases, like Natural Standards, state that several recent studies have reported negative results and that currently the effectiveness of Echinacea is controversial.

The Ginger-Goldenrod formulation is very different from CVT-E002 which is a proprietary remedy derived from North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). According to the Natural Standard database, CVT-E002 (Cold-fX®) has immunomodulating activities that support its clinical use for the modulation of immune responses. Several clinical trials have shown that Cold-fX® is effective for preventing acute respiratory illness due to influenza and respiratory syncytial virus. 

The use of herbs to prevent or treat diseases has survived centuries of use. If these herbs had no efficacy their use would have faded away over the years. High quality natural health products, like GOLDaid™ and Cold-fX®, developed based on research has led to some amazing antiviral and immunomodulating products for the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections.

Bottom Line:

It looks like high quality natural health products may be the solution to the common cold.



Guy Chamberland is the Vice President of Research at Curaphyte Technologies. Curaphyte.com