Cold and Flu Season Advice

Cold and Flu Season Prevention and Treatment

by Dr Randy Martin, OMD

There is a lot you can do to help boost your immune system during cold and flu season. The three most effective treatments are getting frequent acupuncture sessions, sleeping enough, and eating well.
Here is a list of supplements and homeopathics you can use to boost your immune system, for both prevention and treatment:
Stage 1:  The Beginning (can also be used in lower doses for prevention):
The more of these products you can take, the better. After your first experience with these, you will, through trial and error, find which specific combination works best for you. Each person is unique and will respond to a slightly different product mix.
• Vitamin C – 1000 mg, three times per day
• Vitamin E – 400 I.U., two times per day
• Beta Carotene or OPCs  (or both) – 25,000 I.U., two times per day
• Jade Screen or Astragalus or Immune+ – Three tablets, three times per day, to be taken on an empty stomach
• Colostrum – One to two tablets per day
• A strong mushroom formula – take as directed on the bottle
• Isatis Gold – Three pills, three times per day
• Yin Chiao or Quell Cold – Four pills, four times per day
• Toxic Heat Formula for sore/strep throat – Six pills, three to four times per day
• Oscillococcinum Homeopathic – As directed on the box
• Influenzinum Homeopathic – This is made for the current year’s flu season; be sure to purchase the current version of this remedy
• Speak to your homeopathic practitioner to identify the best homeopathic remedy for your specific symptoms
• Umcka
• Airborne
• Kyolic Garlic
• Eat lots of garlic and onions
• Don’t eat frozen or cold foods, dairy, sugar, gluten, fried food, or fats
• Drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in warm water with honey and a dash of cayenne pepper two times per day
Stage 2:  Head Cold:
• Mostly same as above, except Oscillococcinum can be replaced with a
more specific homeopathic for your specific symptoms. GelsemiumArsenicum album orAllium cepa are some of the most typical.
Stage 3:  The Worst (fever, or other symptoms that won’t stop):
• Mostly same as above, except replace Oscillococcinum with one of the following:
• Ferrum phosphoricum 12C for low fever
• Belladonna 30C  / 200C for high fever
• Gan Mao Ling or Zhong Gan Ling – Four pills, four times per day and Coptis and Scute 6 pills, 4 times per day
• Gan Mao Tuire – One packet in hot water three times per day
• For coughing, add Dispel Cough, Spongia tosta 12C or Hepar sulphuris 12C
• For persistent coughing add Immune+ (four pills, three times per day) and Platycodon & Fruitilaria

I look forward to working with you throughout 2013.
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Dr Randy Martin, OMD, LAc, PhD, CCH
Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Certified Classical Homeopath







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Arnica – don’t leave home without it;  take Arnica 6C – 3X per day for any sprain, accident, bruise, fall, etc.   After surgery to reduce swelling and promote healing.


Hypericum – same as Arnica but for injury to nerves, the eye, tips of fingers, elbows, or after dental work.  6C – 3X per day 


Aconite – at the begining of colds or flu or for physical or emotional shock or fear.   Works especially well when onset of cold is from being in cold wind the night before.


Nux vomica – the most well known homeopathic for digestive problems, constipation, headaches, food poisoning, diarrhea, nausea.


Ignatia – to be taken when you cannot sleep from bad news, emotional loss, or grief


Magnesium phos – for headaches, muscle cramps, menstrual cramps or spasms


Kali phos – low energy, nervousness, poor sleep, feeling run down, twitching, anxiety


Apis mel – for insect bites and stings


Rescue Remedy – take as directed for any trauma, physical or emotional


Traumeel or Arnica Ointment – use topically for any physcial trauma, ache or pain


Yin Chiao – Chinese herbal formula to take at the first sign of cold or flu


Pill Curing – Chinese herbal formula to be used for any digestive upset or travel


Ponay Tea – Chinese weight loss tea and energy tea to burn fat and stimulate metabolism


Probiotic – the “friendly” bacteria – always take one per day


Vitamin C – take 1,000 mg per day buffered C to keep your immune system working well


Theanine – an amino acid very good for anxiety and nervousness


5HTP – an amino acid for sleep


Make sure you get enough sleep, see your Medical Doctor annually for a physical check up, and blood tests and get monthly massage, acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments.  Be sure you exercise daily so you don’t build up excess tension in your body.   Women be sure to get your annual female check-ups.


Homeopathic Rules:


1.  Dont’ touch the pills.  Tap them into the cap and under the tongue

2.  Nothing in the mouth for 20 minutes before and after

3.  Try to avoid mint, and any other strong smells or flavors while you take the remedy

4.  Stop the homeopathic as soon as you are better, and never take it more than a week, without the advice of a trained homeopath

5.  Take them as directed by your homeopath or 3 pills, 3X per day.  For mild problems, just take them once per day only.  Less is better, with homepathy.


Also, always follow your Medical Doctor’s advice and never take any product without the advice of your Medical Doctor or other health practitioner.  Never take yourself off any medication prescribed by your doctor without his or her advice.  Try the teamwork approach to health, using a Medical Doctor, acupuncturist, homeopath, chiropractor, and massage therapist.   Also seek the advice of a spiriual advisor, when in doubt.   A teamwork approach is always best in keeping your optimal health.


Have a wonderful Fall Equinox and Full Moon!