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Flu/Cough Page

Flu and Cough

A person suffering from flu and cough has a package of symptoms. They include: temperature, nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, phlegm, tiredness, aches and pains, no appetite and so on.

The problem to treat first is to bring down the temperature to normal. After this is done, the other symptoms will disappear except the stubborn cough and phlegm. If the temperature persists for more than a week, it signals a more serious illness than the flu.

Cough and phlegm will not go away that easily. If the person starts out with a dry cough (no phlegm), the dry cough may last for weeks if not treated correctly. Cough suppressants help with a few hours only because they only address the symptoms. The natural course of healing is for the dry cough to turn into a wet one (with phlegm). Then the wet cough will go away in several days.

Do not worry about the lack of energy and the aches and pains accompanying the fever and temperature. They will disappear in due course when the temperature recedes. Hence, do not try to boost energy while the temperature persists. It may give you a negative result.

What you do in a fever makes a big difference in the recovery process. Just rest and drink plenty of water. Eat light meals with less meat, dairy products and grease. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Honey with some lemon also helps the sore throat.

The Chinese approach emphasizes the following:

  • First bring down the temperature with Cold herbs. (For details, click The Concept of Hot and Cold)
  • Reduce cough, phlegm and nasal congestion; and soothe the throat.
  • REN the lungs to further reduce cough and phlegm (For details, click The Concept of REN)

April 2014

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