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The Common Cold and Complementary Health Approaches

Posted by on January 2nd, 2020 Posted in: Health Information


Colds are a leading reason for visiting a doctor and for missing school or work. To prevent or treat colds some people turn to complementary health approaches such as herbs, vitamins, and minerals. The latest issue of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Clinical Digest provides information on “what the science says” about some of these practices for the common cold, including zinc, vitamin C, echinacea, probiotics, nasal saline irrigation, buckwheat honey, geranium extract, and garlic.

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Emily Hamstra is the Outreach Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region.

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