has reviewed cold remedies that work and don’t.

Here’s a summary of useful CAM options.

  • Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.
  • Saltwater gargle (8-ounce glass of warm water) can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
  • Over-the-counter saline nasal sprays combat stuffiness and congestion.
  • Chicken soup (canned or homemade) has anti-inflammatory actions and helps relieve congestion.
  • Zinc seems most effective when taken as a lozenge or nasal spray within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.

There is less enthusiasm for vitamin C or echinacea.

1/15/07 19:22 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.