Medicinal Teas for Colds & Flu Bullhead City AZ

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.

Maria D Salamatin, MD
(928) 758-0202
3003 SR-95
Bullhead City, AZ
Business
Desert Angels Medical Clinic
Specialties
Internal Medicine

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Gordon L Ritter, DO
(928) 776-9830
1225 Hancock Rd
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialties
General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1971

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Christina G Charbonneau, DO
(928) 704-4499
2500 Canyon Rd
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialties
General Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1992

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Michael R Proctor, DO
3003 Highway 95 Ste 100
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialties
General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Western U Hlt Sci Col Osteo Med Of The Pacific, Pomona Ca 91766
Graduation Year: 1988

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Joseph T Field, DO
(207) 967-3711
2735 Silver Creek Rd
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialties
General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1985

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Nayef T Resk
(928) 704-0400
3003 Hwy 95
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialty
Internal Medicine

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Gordon J Cuzner
(928) 763-8515
1526 Turquoise Rd
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialty
Family Practice

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Cesar K Katigbak
(928) 763-9290
1510 Turquoise Rd
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialty
Family Practice

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Javed Malik
(928) 763-2001
3015 Highway 95
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine

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Kanokrat Suksompoth
(928) 763-9290
1510 Turquoise Rd
Bullhead City, AZ
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Internal 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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