We are all aware that this time of year brings along a propensity towards flu and colds due to the fact that we are confined inside, often overheated homes, lack of sunlight, and less occasions to exercise outdoors. These inconvenient realities which bring about instances of colds surely cause discomfort, but when individuals already suffer from health issues which effect the respiratory system (such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, persistent and mucus-producing cough, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.), colds only accentuate these discomforts and may even lead to hospitalisation.
Did you know?
Asthma is brought about by foreign substances which enter the bronchi and provoke inflammation and constriction due to the localized action of histamine (an immune messenger). Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of the book «Votre corps réclame de l’eau», agrees that histamine is in fact the cause of vasoconstriction. In fact, we regularly find this substance in the respiratory tissues of individuals affected by different respiratory problems. According to him, histamine acts as a regulator of the body’s hydration in order to reduce the amount of water due to breathing; it is produced locally when there is diminishing tension in the vessels in the lungs. Drinking water allows for a reduction in the creation of histamine since it reinforces this tension. Ref: Santé Nature Innovation, March 15 2014.
If this is true for asthma, surely it can have an influence on all respiratory problems. Natural medicine is first and foremost a preventive practice which adheres to specific rules: adopt healthy eating habits, bio if possible, that are rich in fruits and vegetables, consume adequate amounts of proteins (depending on individual needs), drink at least 8 glasses of quality water per day, get some fresh air daily, and get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
Nonetheless, when it comes time to face a cold, certain products can help support our disposition and diminish the discomforts that come with it.
Traditionally used in herbal therapy to alleviate symptoms related to infections in the upper respiratory tract and catarrhal conditions.
A selection of plants which, among other things, are recognized as having beneficial qualities on the respiratory system. The mix of these plants creates a product with bronchodilator properties, helps to fluidize secretions, and has expectorant qualities. Furthermore, it helps calm the involuntary spasms caused by cough and have a disinfecting effect on the bronchi.
Tussilyn 2 (cough syrup)
The main active components in Tussilyn 2 favor expectoration and help relieve cough caused by colds and bronchitis.
Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the symptoms affecting upper respiratory tracts, such as the ones caused by flue or colds.