When you're in the grips of a serious head cold or even worse, the flu, you want one thing and one thing only: to feel better. That fact has given rise to a multibillion dollar industry of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs targeting sinus congestion, cough, fever, body aches, headaches, as well as the unholy trio of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Unfortunately, many of these products, when used too often or improperly, can have side effects that are as big—or bigger—than your current illness.
In natural medicine, the focus is more on natural products that boost the immune system and have antiviral effects. Here are a few to think about the next time you start to feel under the weather: