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 Herbal Medicine: Herbal & Nutritional Programs for the Cold Season 
 



Recovery Phase

Protocol for the acute phase should be used until the symptoms of fever, chills, and infection have been relieved. Once the body is clearly "healing", the recovery phase should be implemented. At this time, the body's resistance, which was called upon during the acute phase, must be replenished and any lingering toxicity should be cleared from the body. This program should be used for up to two weeks, as it supports the return to optimal health. Many people make the mistake of stopping treatment after the acute phase because they feel so much better. The result is occasional relapses, possible lingering symptoms, and low energy. So, keep up the treatment during this phase!

  • Step 1

    Echinacea & Goldenseal Combination
    Use of these herbs should continue, but reduced in frequency compared to the acute phase.
    Dosage: 3 times daily

  • Step 2

    Chinese Astragalus or Astragalus Combination
    Astragalus is a deep immune system tonic and is used to support the body's natural resistance. Research and centuries of use in the Orient have proven the effectiveness of Astragalus as a tonic herb for recovery from illness and stress.
    Dosage: 3 times daily

  • Step 3

    Antioxidants
    The antioxidants: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Zinc may be used again for this phase.
    Dosage: 2 to 3 times daily

  • Step 4

    Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
    Pantothenic Acid supports adrenal function and helps tonify the body's reserves.
    Dosage: 100-250 mg, 2 times daily



Maintenance Phase

Once the body has recovered, use the following general program to support resistance during the winter months. This will help you maintain optimal health and prevent illness during the cold season.

General Program:

  • Week 1

    Echinacea & Goldenseal combination
    Dosage: 3 times daily

  • Week 2

    Siberian Ginseng combination
    Dosage: 3 times daily

  • Week 3

    Echinacea & Goldenseal combination
    Dosage: 3 times daily

  • Week 4

    Chinese Astragalus combination
    Dosage: 3 times daily


General Program with Additional Nutritional Support:

The above general program can be combined with additional antioxidants and blood cleansers:

  • Week 1

    Blood Cleansers (Red Clover, Sage, or Burdock)
    Dosage: 3 times daily

  • Week 2

    Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium
    Dosage: 2 to 3 times daily

  • Week 3

    Blood Cleansers
    Dosage: 3 times daily

  • Week 4

    Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium
    Dosage: 2 to 3 times daily



Enjoy good health this winter. And remember, these programs are not intended as a substitute for individualized care. In the event of serious illness, consult your health care practitioner.

Janet Zand, OMD, L.Ac., is a respected naturopathic physician who lives and practices in the Los Angeles area. She has developed a unique and effective method of combining herbal medicine with nutrition, homeopathy and acupuncture. Her credentials include a Doctor of Naturopathy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and Certified Acupuncturist. Dr. Zand has over fifteen years of clinical experience treating with natural medicine, as well as formulating her own line of herbal supplements.

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Janet Zand LAc, OMDJANET ZAND, O.M.D., L.Ac. is a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator whose work has helped thousands of people achieve better health....more
 
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