October 25, 2008
¤ Organic Cough and Sore Throat Drops in Purely Peppermint, $2.99 for 24 drops
Organix’s USDA-certified organic lozenges contain familiar ingredients, including menthol, as well as more exotic components such as slippery elm and marshmallow root.
¤ Oscillococcinum, $8.29 for 3 doses
Boiron’s Oscillococcinum, which touts itself as “Nature’s #1 Flu Medicine,” targets flu-like symptoms of fever, chills, body aches and pains. Its active ingredient, anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum, is an extract of duck heart and liver.
¤ Coldcalm, $10.69 for 30 doses
Boiron’s Coldcalm targets cold symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and sore throat. Its active ingredients include extracts taken from diverse sources including onions, honeybees and several perennials.
¤ Echinacea Zinc Herbalozenge, $2.59 for 15
In addition to containing Echinacea, an herbal supplement often touted to ward off infection and lessen the severity of colds, Zand’s lozenges are sweetened only with brown rice syrup and contain no artificial sweeteners.
Homeopathy is a field of alternative medicine, and its remedies aim to address symptoms by triggering the body’s healing processes through exposure to highly diluted substances that could cause those symptoms in healthy people.
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Although the philosophy is similar to that of vaccination, homeopathic remedies are not regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration like conventional medicines, and their efficacy is debated.
While homeopathic and other natural remedies have their skeptics, they also boast plenty of die-hard fans that swear by them, said Nina Rogers of Healthy Solutions.
“Everybody’s got a different way of approaching things,” Rogers said. “There’s a lot of different ways of approaching illness, and homeopathic remedies is one.”
Flu remedy Oscillococcinum and its cold-symptom companion, Coldcalm, both manufactured by homeopathic giant Boiron, fly off Healthy Solutions’ shelves all winter long, Rogers said.
“You take them at the first sign of anything,” Rogers said. “And a lot of times they can nip it in the bud.”
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