Medicinal Teas for Colds & Flu Anchorage AK

dry, scratchy throat often signals the onset of a cold, and over'the-counter syrups and lozenges just seem to sugarcoat the problem. Fortunately, nature provides some safe and easy'to-use alternatives.

Alaska Podiatry Group, LLC and Alaska Foot La
(907) 561-2213
4048 Laurel St # 204
Anchorage, AK

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LocalVets.com Animal Hospital
(555) 555-5555
1800 Glacier Ave
Juneau, AK

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Edward E Crouch, MD
(907) 276-1617
542 W 2nd Ave
Anchorage, AK
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Ophthalmic Associates PC
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Ophthalmology

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Dimond Chiropractic Center
(907) 344-0033
750 W Dimond Blvd # 121
Anchorage, AK

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Winfield Scott Kiester, DO
(907) 562-7643
5001 Arctic Blvd Ste 100
Anchorage, AK
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General Practice
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Male
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Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1957

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Lyn Dyles, M.D.
(907) 333-4633
310 K Street
Anchorage, AK
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Anchorage Psychiatric Consulting
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology
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Insurance Plans Accepted: Most insurance plans in Alaska provide coverage for psychiatric services. Please check with your carrier for information specific to your policy.

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Residency Training: University of Washington Hospitals Program, Seattle WA
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX, 1985
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Member Organizations: American Psychiatric Association American Medical Association American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Awards: Guide to America's Top Psychiatrists, Consumers Research Council -- 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- 1993
Languages Spoken: English

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Chiropractic Neurology Associates
(907) 276-3054
2401 E 42nd Ave # 204
Anchorage, AK

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Leon Chandler, MD
(907) 563-2873
4100 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK
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AA Specialty Health Center
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Pain Management

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Darrell Peterson
(907) 345-7722
12350 Industry Way
Anchorage, AK
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Huffman Family Dentistry
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Dentistry & Orthodontics

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John J Smith
(907) 565-6522
4900 Eagle St
Anchorage, AK
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Healing Herbs - Medicinal Teas for Colds & Flu

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Long before the advent of antihistamine tablets and specially formulated cold remedies, cold and flu sufferers turned to herbal teas to relieve their symptoms. Those homemade infusions were rich in vitamins, minerals and medicinal compounds. You can find commercial versions of these old-time remedies in most health food or natural grocery stores, or you can take a page out of the past and make your own. In the herbalist’s pharmacopoeia, specific herbs address particular symptoms, so we asked the experts to share their favorite blends.

Soothe a Sore Throat
A dry, scratchy throat often signals the onset of a cold, and over-the-counter syrups and lozenges just seem to sugarcoat the problem. Fortunately, nature provides some safe and easy-to-use alternatives. “Sore throats are greatly relieved by herbal tea,” says Brigitte Mars, herbalist and author of Healing Herbal Teas (Basic Health Media, Winter 2006). As a first line of defense, Mars prescribes marshmallow root (Althea officinalis), an anti-inflammatory herb that’s “wonderfully soothing on the throat.” Unrelated to the gooey little campfire confections, this herb has a long, well-documented history of successfully treating irritated mucous membranes.

James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy (Rodale, 1997), recommends two other herbs for throat discomfort: slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), an antiseptic and anti-allergic agent that literally slips down the throat, and licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory, licorice has been scientifically documented to break up phlegm, ease coughs and fight infections. A study at Bastyr University found that tea combining licorice, slippery elm and marshmallow is highly effective for reducing throat pain.

For sore throats accompanied by cold and flu symptoms, Mars suggests drinking stomach-soothing peppermint (Mentha x piperita). “It can lower a fever by helping you to sweat and release toxins naturally. It’s antiviral and user-friendly,” she explains. Mars also likes ginger (Zingiber officinale), which is “good for chills and aching muscles, and relieves nausea.” For extra measure, she adds elder (Sambuca nigra), shown by research to keep flu viruses at bay.

Breathe Easy
“When I have a difficult time breathing, I go for oolong because it opens up my lungs,” says Sara Martinelli, tea blender and owner of The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder, Colorado. Indeed, black tea like oolong contains powerful expectorant compounds that help clear mucus from deep within the chest. The caffeine it packs is also a powerful bronchodilator. To take the edge off the caffeine, Martinelli mixes in calming chamomile (Matricaria recutita), touted for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. She also adds liberal portions of rose hips (Rosa canina), which, she says, “are high in vitamin C and taste great.”

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