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The common cold

Catching a common cold is usually regarded as a nuisance. However, you can look at it as being beneficial to your health!

We seem prone to catching a cold after a period of stress. School exams are notorious for producing pupils with heads full of knowledge, but also with heads full of cold! Having to learn facts by heart is not a very exciting thing. This sort of thought-inducing activity can be seen as a cooling-off process. On the other hand, when we do something exciting, we can feel an inner warmth being generated. It is important to look for a healthy balance between these warmth-generating and cooling processes in our daily life. Stress makes us feel out of control. Constant worrying about difficulties in your job without attending a hobby to generate your own creativity (warmth) will tip the balance in favour of a cooling-off process. Round-the-clock studying without being creative during the day as well, or doing some physical exercise, can mean that you end up with a cold. In general, there should always be an equilibrium between two opposing forces (yin and yang) to maintain health. Cooling-down processes should be balanced with heating-up processes; if we don't balance this cooling-off process ourself, then nature will provide the warmth by bringing in a virus, producing a cold and producing much-needed warmth in the head area. Trying to suppress a cold, then, is not helpful to your body's health.

What we need to do is to support the whole process of illness in such a way that it restores the body's innate balance and thus resolves itself. It also provides you with the opportunity to take stock of your life and make changes in order to pay more attention to your creativity, enthusiasm, hobbies, level of exercise, and so on. The philosophy behind using an anthroposophic or homeopathic remedy for a cold is to provide warmth. Ferrum Phosphoricum Comp. is such a remedy for colds. The iron (ferrum) provides the strength, and the phosphorus the inner warmth to help to restore the balance between the warming and the cooling processes in the head area. Paracetamol (acetaminophen) works against the warmth-generating inflammation, and is, viewed in this light, counter-productive. With paracetamol, you try to keep the temperature down. Is this perhaps the wrong thing to do? It is better to support the healing process by keeping warm and resting; staying in bed. Paracetamol has its uses as a painkiller, but I wouldn't advise using it to bring down a fever.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. How potentized remedies work

  3. Breathing and circulation

  4. Asthma symptoms explained

  5. The digestive system

  6. The nervous system  

  7. How alcohol affects the nervous system and liver

  8. How opiates act like a dam

  9. Inflammation and infection

  10. Fever

  11. The common cold

  12. Earache

  13. Hints and tips