Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Truth about Home Remedies for a Cold

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Truth about Home Remedies for a Cold

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If you're dealing with a cold, you might hope that a home remedy will help you feel better as you wait for the week or two it takes for the viral infection to subside.

But which can you rely on -- and which are probably worthless?

Consumer Reports spoke to experts and examined the research on a few home remedies.

- Sample some chicken soup?

Evidence suggests that the soup may ease your discomfort.

The best-known research, from Nebraska pulmonologist Dr. Stephen Rennard found that chicken-vegetable soup inhibited the movement of white blood cells that trigger cold symptoms such as a stuffy nose.

- Sip a hot drink?

When the University of Cardiff's Common Cold Centre in Wales gave 30 cold sufferers drinks that were either hot or tepid, those who sipped hot beverages reported more relief from runny nose, coughing, chills and sneezing. …

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