Ayurvedic Remedies for Cold and Flu

Updated at: Sep 09, 2011
Ayurvedic Remedies for Cold and Flu

There are some remedies in Ayurvedic treatment of cold and flu that prevent cold from getting converted in flu. It would be better to consult a practitioner for ayurvedic treatment of cold and cough despite the available home remedies.

Editorial Team
AyurvedaWritten by: Editorial TeamPublished at: Jun 30, 2011

Common cold and flu are one of the most common illnesses that affect human beings. Everyone has suffered from cold or flu at some point of time in their lives. Cold and flu usually improve within a week to 10 days even if you don’t take any medicine. Most cold and flu don’t require antibiotics and other conventional medicines. Ayurvedic treatment for cold and cough involves getting your body back to the condition of good health which has the right balance of cough.


Ayurvedic treatment for cold and flu includes ayurvedic drugs, herbs, supplements, life style measures and homeopathic remedies that are effective as a remedy for cold and flu. Most of the colds last about a week can be associated with sore throat and cough but they generally don't cause high fever. But the symptoms of flu are usually more severe than seen in common cold and are more likely to cause body ache, lethargy, and weakness.


Ayurvedic Treatment of cold and Flu: According to ayurveda all the three doshas are responsible for causing common cold. Colds due to vata dosha have dry coughs, little mucus discharge, hoarse voice, headache and a runny nose, where as colds due to pitta dosha causes fever, sore throat, yellowish nasal discharge and continuous blockage of the nose. People with cold due to kapha dosha have thick mucus discharges with dull headaches and heaviness of head.


Herbs for Treatment of Common Colds: Several ayurvedic treatment of cold and flu are available in the form of herbal medicines. Some of the commonly used herbs are Bishop’s Weed (Trachyspermum ammi), Cassia (Cassis fistula), Cassia (Cassis fistula), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Cumin seeds (Cuminum cyminum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), Onion (Allium cepa).

  • Bishop’s Weed (Trachyspermum ammi): It effectively opens up clogged nasal passages and is very useful for treating nasal blockages in children.
  • Cassia (Cassis fistula): Cassia root is used for treating cold. The mucus discharge increases immediately after treatment, but it stops completely after sometime.
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): Using cinnamon in cold reduces sore throat, prevents the cold from becoming chronic, and reduces the possibility of it developing into something serious like pneumonia or influenza.
  • Cumin seeds (Cuminum cyminum): Cumin seeds are beneficial in colds with fever. It is useful in treating the throat irritations as well.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Ginger extract is very effective remedy for treating coughs that occur in people with common colds and ginger tea is useful in treating colds.
  • Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum): Chewing a few leaves of tulsi (holy basil) is useful in treating colds and sore throat. Tulsi leaves boiled in water can be used as a drink has similar benefits.
  • Onion (Allium cepa): Onion can help to liquefy the phlegm and aid in clearing the discharge out of the nose.


Ayurvedic Preparation for Cold: Some of the common ayurvedic medicines for colds are Bhringasava, Anutaila, Vyoshaadi vati, Kantara Arya Ava Lehya, Tribhuvana Keerti Trikatu powder. These remedies in ayurvedic treatment of cold and cough prevent the cold from getting converted into flu.


Dietary Treatments for Cold: Ayurvedic practitioners may advise you to fast for one day so that the body toxins wash out. Hot vegetable soups, steamed vegetables with little or no spices, hot chicken soup good in cold. Foods like cheese, yoghurt, milk, sweets, oily and spicy foods that are difficult to digest should be avoided.


Ayurvedic Treatment of Flu: According to allopathic medicine flu (influenza) is caused by virus where as Ayurveda considers that this disease is caused by contact with an infected person, that results in the upsetting of one’s equilibrium. According to Ayurveda influenza can be treated as ...



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