It is thought that a common cold signals an emotional cleansing process and a search for clarity. Well that’s all well and good but when you’re in the midst of suffering all you want is to feel a bit less miserable. I’ve been looking for remedies this week to help with my own cold and here are a selection of things that I have found.
First off yoga asanas that are said to help (you can try wrapping something round your head to help with the sinus pressure before you start).
- Uttanasana (standing forward bend)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog)
- Ustrasasana (camel pose)
- Vipanta karani (legs up the wall pose)
- Setu bandhasana (bridge pose)
- Dhanurasana (bow pose)
- Halasana (plow pose)
- Matsyasana (fish pose)
- Salamba sarvangasana (headstand)
- Shavasana (corpse pose)
Twists are obviously good as well because of their detoxifying nature.
Yoga helps in fighting off a cold because it helps to balance the sympathetic (response) and parasympathetic (rest) systems.
Ayurveda would suggest that one should avoid kaphogenic foods (dairy, wheat, sugar and fried foods) and that instead we sip hot liquids and eat warm foods including garlic and ginger. The following are said to help relieve the symptoms:
Finally to help boost the immune system and shorten duration of symptoms vitamin C, zinc, echinacea and goldenseal are said to be beneficial. Vitamin A should help inflamed mucus membranes and L-Lysine helps to neutralise viruses and prevent coldsores.
If you are suffering from a cold I hope that some of this helps and relieves your symptoms or shortens the life of the cold.