Acute Colds and Flus: URTI

Upper respiratory tract infections are extremely common. Getting sick a couple of times per year is not unusual and as long as you’re clearing things up and feeling better, that’s the sign of a healthy immune system.

However, if you’re getting over 6 colds or flus a year, it might mean that you are more susceptible. Perhaps there are obvious causes for weakened immunity, such as medications, protein deficiencies, or sleep deprivation.

Using antimicrobial herbs to decrease the number and activity of the pathogen is one way to support the body’s immune response. But how do we know which microbes are involved? Is the infection viral or bacterial? Sometimes we have clues, but luckily, many herbs are broadly active against both bacteria and viruses.

Immune stimulating herbs are also a good bet in these situations, since they can help improve the strength of the immune system directly.

An example formula might include:

Barberry, Elderflower, Echinacea, Sage, Clove, and Licorice Root. Optimally taken as a tincture, 1 tablespoon, 3 times per day. For 5 to 7 days.

As always, check with your healthcare provider to make sure whatever is decided is right for you.