The common cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract caused by a filterable virus and is defined as acute nasal catarrh or acute rhinitis. The cold usually commences with a running nose,sneezing, watering of eyes, chills, headache, body pain and when accompanied with cough, fever and muscular pains, which may turn to flu. The cold viruses enter through the nose either directly or via rubbing the eyes. Virus infected fingers in the nose or eyes readily transplant infectious agents. The virus is present in the infected person’s nasal discharge or in his sneeze or cough. Handkerchief, pencils, staircase railings, telephone receives, hand shaking and so on get contaminated with the shedder’s virus-laden mucus. Thus, others who come in contact with these droppings get the gift of infection. It only makes common sense that allergens such as dust, fumes, chemicals, drugs, cosmetics, perfumes, varnish, paints, smoke, pollution etc. be eliminated, but if the body is not strengthened, the individual will become allergic to other agents. Causes
Low resistance to infection is often caused by
Fortunately, the treatment is quite simple and costs nothing. It entails the exercise of a little WILLPOWER and intelligence, but surely that is not asking for too much. If the person wants to get well,a little sacrifice is a small price to pay for relief. The most important factors in preventing cold or reducing its severity are fasting, enema, diet and Yogic Kriyas plus exercises - all of which can be learnt by anyone very easily. Natural living habits are the best guarantee for good health and of course, freedom from cold.Every time the cold is suppressed unnaturally like with medicines it inevitably leads to serious illness. If we suppress this, where does the accumulated harmful material ( which is being expelled ) go ? Obviously it will be driven into glands, muscles, joints and organs or retained in the body to play havoc again. So it is entirely justifiable to say that safety valves should not be closed or blocked by suppressing cold.
The prevention and cure is simple living based on Natural laws as explained below :
Specific treatments ( see chart at the end of the book)
Diet should be light, nutritious and well balanced. Avoid fried food, milk and milk products in any form for 15 to 20 days totally. Eat light dinner by 7.00 p.m. Avoid all refrigerated items including water. Avoid ice cream, soft drinks, overloading the stomach with sweet dishes at night time, dust, fumes,pollution, air -conditioning , smell of varnish, paints,spray, perfumes, smoke etc. Take garlic, tulsi water,black pepper, silajeet, ginger, dates, figs, munakka,rajma, soya, carrot, sesame seeds, gram, Vitamin C 1000 mg to 2000 mg daily. General Hints
Soya, rajma, potato, cabbage, dry fruits, pears, whole grain bread, raisins, figs, munakka, apricot, dates, garlic, ajwaian, molasses, honey, tomato,apple, guava, grapes, lemon, citrus fruits, raspberry, chulai, fenugreek (methi), amla, carrot, spinach,bhindi, peas, sesame seed, gram (chana).
Medium of cooking may be soya oil or mustard oil mixed with safflower oil in equal quantity.
The best items are those shown in bold letters.