Concoctions and cold remedies

Given that Toronto is apparently going to be getting some snow this week I thought I might circle back to some health related advise.

As the temperature drops, the days are darker, and I pretty much always feel like Im fighting an impending cold, how do you stay on top of busy work schedule, strict gym regiment, and some semblance of a social life (even if it’s just making time to get my roots done)?!

Obviously not feeling sick is a good place to start. Even having the slightest inkling of that tired, yucky, headachy common cold can pretty much make every aspect of your busy life hard. And if you’ve been following the blog over the past few years you’ll know that I am a huge advocate of all those little daily things that keep bodily stress and cortisol at bay. Even the standard vitamin C and echinacea combo has been proven to stave off nasty symptoms when taken regularly and in the right doses. So, when given the opportunity to try Cold Q, a herbal spray, I was intrigued.

I’ve always been a strong advocate of natural forms of supplementation. Part of that probably stemming from a childhood of swallowing raw cod liver oil, and garlic pills as a form of cruel and unusual punishment (or immunity or whatever). Even now, I take turmeric for inflammation, ginger to digestion, zinc and magnesium for deeper sleep and relaxation, and the list goes on.

Being me, as you know, everything is a research project. Years of peer reviewed studies, stats courses, and testing and measurement have instilled a certain skepticism in me. But aren’t we all just a little better for it? Think of the time I save you! So I obviously did my reach on Cold Q, I wasn’t going to be spraying this concoction in my mouth before knowing its usefulness first.
There is a long list of ingredients listed on the bottle, all FDA approved and natural, but here is some of what I found.
Let’s start with the medicinal properties of the Dahurican root, which has been dated back to Ancient China as early as 400 BC. Zhang Cong Zhen (1156–1228), a famous physician in the military, believed that diseases were caused by external evil factors, or better knelt to modern day science as pathogens, that entered the human body (which is why we always avoid touching our lovely faces ladies and gents). He listed Danuricam root as a herb that purged the body of any negative influences such as heat, clamminess, dryness, and cold on the skin. While this concept of purging may seem a little off, what he was rally seeing was the plants ability to act as an antinflammitory. Today, due to this property it is often used as a treatment for headaches, relieving nasal obstruction, as a pain reliever, a topical anti inflammatory, and bonus points, when ingested, a laxative.

While a little less mystical history here, Astragalus membranaceus (Huang qi), A. propinquus is an component in Lectranal, and a little less ambitious in terms of what it can cure. It is a food supplement used in treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis.

Aka seasonal allergies.

Ziziphus jujuba commonly called jujube (ahh, yum…) is a red date, or also known as a Chinese date, Korean date, or Indian date.  As you’ve likely deduced, it’s a fruit bearing tree. The freshly harvested, as well as the candied dried fruit, are often eaten as a snack, or with coffee. This ingredient already has me won over. Candy that cures my cold? Yes please! The fruit and its seeds are used in Chinese and Korean traditional medicine, where they are believed to alleviate stress (aka the root of all evil) and traditionally for anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory purposes. It is also a great antioxidant, and immunostimulant, which also contributes to its wound healing properties A controlled clinical trial also found the fruit helpful for chronic constipation… I’m seeing a trend here.

Aside from Asian and Indian cultures, In Persian traditional medicine it is used in combination with other herbal medicines to treat colds, flu and coughing. Again reinforcing its immunostimulant and stress relieving properties. Recent research also suggests jujube fruit has nootropic and neuroprotective properties.

Lastly let’s talk about Ziziphin, a compound in the leaves of the jujube.The jujube fruit is mucilaginous, meaning that is produces Mucilage, a thick, gluey substance produced by nearly all plants and some microorganisms. It is a polar glycoprotein and an exopolysaccharide. In lamens terms, a sticky slimy sugar substance. Mucilage in plants plays a role in the storage of water and food, as well as seed germination, and thickening membranes. It’s important to us in this particular scenario because it is very soothing to the throat, and decoctions of jujube have often been used in pharmacy to treat sore throats.

So, to sum it up, cold Q is a pretty useful concoction of natural plant remedies, all brought together in a neat little spray pack, to help you not only avoid the cold, through immunostimulant and anti inflammatory properties. But also treat any of those gross symptoms that do manage to bypass your super awesome immune barriers. Such a sore throats, coughs, and runny noses. As always my lovelies, stay healthy!

Your fitbetch,

JP xoxo

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