Natural Treatments for Colds and Flu
by Dr. Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, LAc

There is a lot you can do to help boost your immune system during cold and flu season. The four most effective treatments are getting frequent acupuncture sessions, exercising, sleeping enough, and eating well.

Here is a list of supplements and homeopathic remedies you can use to boost your immune system, for both prevention and treatment:

Stage 1: The Beginning (Use in lower doses for prevention):

The more of these products you can take, the better. After your first experience with these, you will find which specific combinations work best for you. Each person is unique and will respond differently:

• Vitamin C – 1000 mg, three times per day

• Vitamin E – 400 I.U., two times per day

• Beta Carotene or OPCs (or both) – 25,000 I.U., two times per day

• Jade Screen or Astragalus or Immune+ – Three tablets, three times per day, to be taken on an empty stomach

• Colostrum – One to two tablets per day

• A strong mushroom formula (Stamitz) – take as directed on the bottle

• Isatis Gold (or some Isatis Product) – Three pills, three times per day

• Lonicera Formula – Four pills, four times per day

• Toxic Heat Formula for sore/strep throat – Six pills, three to four times per day

• Oscillococcinum Homeopathic – As directed on the box

• Influenzinum Homeopathic – This is made for the current year’s flu season; be sure to purchase the current version of this remedy

• Consult with Dr. Martin to identify the best homeopathic remedy for your specific symptoms

• Umcka Syrup

• Airborne (from the regular pharmacy)

• Kyolic Garlic

• Eat lots of garlic and onions to boost immunity

• Don’t eat frozen or cold foods, cow’s dairy, sugar, gluten, fried food, or heavy fats

• Drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in warm water with honey and a dash of cayenne pepper two times per day

Stage 2: Head Cold:

• Mostly same as above, except Oscillococcinum can be replaced with a more specific homeopathic for your specific symptoms, such as: Gelsemium, Arsenicum album or Allium cepa as some of the most typical homeopathics for head colds or allergies.

Stage 3: The Worst (fever, or other symptoms that won’t stop):

• Mostly same as above, except replace Oscillococcinum with one of the following:

• Ferrum phosphoricum 12C for low fever

• Belladonna 30C / 200C for high fever

• Herbal ABX – Four pills, four times per day

• For coughing, add Respirtrol, Spongia tosta 12C and/or Hepar sulphuris 12C

• For persistent coughing add Herbal ENT

For kids, I use homeopathy, dietary and nutritional counseling, and Chinese herbs. (Most kids don’t want acupuncture, but on occasion, if they see their parents receive acupuncture, and they want to it, I’ll also use the needles for the kids (and insurance pays if we do the acupuncture also.) 😀

When sick, I can consult over the phone for a reduced fee, without you ever having to come in or bring your child into the office – so you don’t spread the germs around.
….You’ve Got To Love Your Acupuncturist….and Homeopath…

Holistic Choices for Treatment of Colds and Flu