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Cold & Flu Formula

Cold & Flu Formula
 

Dr. Zhang's proprietary herbal formula of effective, fast-acting Natural Cold Remedy.

Price: $19.99
Availability: In Stock
Size: 500mg, 60 Capsules
Manufacturer: Herbalmax USA
SKU: 859283001019

Whether you have a sore throat, fever, or headache, HERBALmax™ is here to help. The HERBALmax™ Cold & Flu Formula is a unique, all-natural remedy for your symptoms. Designed as a maximum strength formula to help people fight common cold and flu symptoms such as sneezing, running nose, headaches, and fatigue, the Cold & Flu Formula will have you feeling better within a day or two.

The fast-acting and long-lasting results from this formula stem from time-honored herbal ingredients such as great burdock fruit and Japanese honeysuckle flower. With no known side effects, Dr. Zhang has used this formula to successfully help hundreds of patients suffering from cold or flu symptoms. Whatever your symptoms, the Cold & Flu Formula is a safe and reliable way of taking a speedy path to recovery.

Highlights*
  • Relieves sore throat, fever, runny nose, headache, body aches, and fatigue
  • Comprised of 100% natural herbal ingredients
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • No known side effects
  • Safe to use by people of all ages

Ingredients:

*Disclaimer: Flu and cough with fever can be a serious condition. if symptoms persist, contact your physician. HERBALmax products are dietary supplements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary.
Directions for Use:

Adults and children age 13 and older: 5 capsules 3 times a day between meals with water.
Children ages 10-12: 4 capsules 3 times a day between meals with water.
Children ages 7-9: 3 capsules 3 times a day between meals with water.
Children ages 4-6: 2 capsules 3 times a day between meals with water.*
Children ages 2-3: 1 capsule 3 times a day between meals with water.*

For severe cases, take every 5 hours, can be taken with the Infection Formula for rapid results.

If you have a swollen throat, the best way to use is to open the capsules and put the powder in a cup. Add boiling water to the powder, stir, and make it into a tea. Cool it a little and then drink it slowly. If you are not feeling better in 2-3 days, see your physician.

*Children under age 6: open the capsules and pour the powder into a tablespoon. Mix the powder with warm water (add honey, if desired) and then have your child swallow.

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a. Overview

While they share many of the same symptoms, the cold and the flu are different illnesses caused by different viruses. Both might have you feeling feverish and achy, but the cold is a milder respiratory illness compared to the flu. The common cold can come from over 200 viruses, but the flu is most likely caused by three strains of virus: influenza A, influenza B, or influenza C. Moreover, while colds generally last a few days, flu symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks and may ultimately result in serious health complications.

b. Causes of the Flu and Cold

Over 200 different viruses have been discovered to cause colds. Some of the most common include rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, and respiratory syncytial virus. Rhinoviruses are the most prevalent among these and are typically active in the early fall, spring, and summer. There are over 110 different types of rhinoviruses, but luckily they rarely lead to serious illnesses. Coronaviruses are more common for causing colds in adults. They are most active in the winter and early spring, but only 3-4 different types will infect humans. Respiratory syncytial viruses are the most severe and are responsible for about 10% of colds. They can lead to severe respiratory infections in young children. There is no evidence that your chances of getting a cold are correlated to exercise or diet. However, stress and allergies may increase your chances of being infected.

The flu is caused by one of three types of viruses: influenza A, B, or C. Influenza A and B viruses are the ones that lead to large flu epidemics, where up to 20% of the country is being infected at any given moment. Meanwhile, influenza C virus is much more stable and results in milder symptoms. Vaccines exist to protect against influenza A and B, but there is no vaccine for influenza C. The flu is highly contagious and can be spread through inhaling infected droplets in the air (coughing/sneezing) or through direct contact with an infected person. Touching smooth surfaces that are contaminated with influenza virus can also transmit the disease. People usually contract the flu in the winter because the flu virus survives for longer periods indoors during the winter-time and humans tend to have closer contact with each other indoors during the winter, increasing the spread of the disease.

c. Signs and Symptoms

Common cold symptoms:
  • Clear, watery nasal drainage (later becomes darker)
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Cough

Typically, a cold will not involve a fever. A carrier is most contagious during the first three days of having cold symptoms, but are still mostly likely contagious throughout the first week.

Flu symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Severe aches in the joints and muscles along with around the eyes
  • General weakness
  • Flushed skin
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Watery nasal discharge

The flu is not usually associated with symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting in adults.

d. Diagnosis and When to Contact Doctor

Common Cold:

Usually a doctor isn’t necessary for recovery from a cold. In most cases, the symptoms of a cold will go away within 7-12 days. Unfortunately, there are currently no medical tests to determine the presence of a cold. The symptoms of a cold are often confused with those of other, more serious, illnesses. For example, a sore throat and fever may indicate strep throat, chest tightness and wheezing may be bronchitis, and an earache that doesn’t go away may be an ear infection. Many of these diseases would need treatment with antibiotics, while a common cold would not.

Influenza:

For a flu, it is always better to go see a doctor sooner rather than later. If you have the symptoms of a flu listed above, it is in your best interest to contact your doctor. If these symptoms persist for a few days and get worse, call your doctor immediately. This may indicate a secondary or bacterial infection with flu. If any of these conditions describes your symptoms call your doctor right away:

  • Your fever returns
  • Fever lasts longer than three days
  • Difficulty breathing and wheezing
  • Continuous vomiting
  • Worsening symptoms
  • Severe headache/stiff neck

Young children and infants are particularly at risk for a fatal response to flu symptoms. In addition, people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma, COPD, diabetes, or HIV/AIDS should be wary that flu may increase the risk of serious problems associated with the condition.

While the flu is primarily diagnosed using symptoms, in some cases the doctor may run tests to make an accurate diagnosis. These tests usually involve swabbing the mouth and culturing it to identify the flu virus. They often yield results in 5-30 minutes and may help distinguish between influenza A and B viruses.

e. Treatment

Common Cold:

There is currently no cure for the common cold, only medicines and treatments to sooth cold symptoms or shorten the duration of the cold. Decongestants are useful in helping to fight nasal or sinus congestion. Antihistamines, on the other hand, are more helpful for alleviating a running nose or sneezing. Caution is important as many decongestants have a rebound effect where using it for more than three days in a row results in increased symptoms. If you are mixing cold medicine and treatment, be careful that the ingredients may be safely combined. Among current natural cold remedies such as zinc, Echinacea, and vitamin C, they have all been proven ineffective in preventing or treating colds. Vitamin C may help to shorten the duration of the cold. Antibiotics, however, play no part in treating the common cold.

Influenza:

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are two antiviral flu drugs that are recommended in the U.S.:
  • Tamiflu: prevention and treatment of flu in people greater than 1 year old.
  • Relenza: treatment of flu in people greater than 7 years old. Prevention of flu in people greater than 5 years old.

These drugs are best administered within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms and may shorten the duration of flu by 1-2 days.

In order to treat fever and body aches associated with the flu, medicines like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) are OTC methods for pain reduction. For sore throat, drinking lots of fluids and gargling with salt water is an easy home remedy to easing the pain. Antibiotics will not help to treat flu symptoms as they only treat bacterial infections and the flu is a viral infection.

f. Prevention

To prevent colds and flu naturally, it is important to strengthen and nourish the immune system. Eating a proper diet balanced with fruits and vegetables can help to prevent the onset of a cold or flu. Also, paying attention to consumption of vitamins and minerals can help you stay healthy and strengthen the immune system. Regular exercise also boosts the immune system. In fact, people who exercise often have less severe symptoms for colds and flu and also recover more quickly.

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