What Natural Approaches Do You Recommend For Cold Symptoms Such As A Cough Or Sore Throat?

Question: What natural approaches do you recommend for cold symptoms such as a cough or sore throat?

Answer: Well there aren't very many studies that have examined the usefulness of natural remedies that have found a beneficial effect. So there have been a lot of things obviously over the years that have been proposed as potentially beneficial for common cold symptoms. But when you try to study those under carefully controlled conditions, it's a little hard to show any real benefit. The one thing I think that has a little bit of scientific evidence that supports it is the use of honey as a treatment for cough and perhaps sore throat.

So in that situation, there's a little bit of evidence that honey will reduce the frequency of cough. Other than that there really aren't natural remedies that you can take that will be helpful for common cold symptoms.

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Ronald Turner, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Virginia School of MedicinePlay

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