Q. I live in Sweden and work from home, so I rarely come down with colds. However, the other day I got a whopper–a sore throat, a horrible runny nose and a really bad cough, so I decided to try Kan Jang. Kan Jang is a popular cold remedy here produced by the Swedish Herbal Institute.

I started on Kan Jang a day ago and was surprised by the results. My runny nose is completely gone and my cough has subsided dramatically. The postnasal drip that has been driving me nuts for a couple of years is gone.

A. Kan Jang is not available in the United States, but its principal ingredient, a Chinese herb called Andrographis paniculata, is sold in health food stores by various manufacturers. It can also be found in a product called Kold Kare. There are placebo-controlled studies showing that Andrographis can speed recovery from colds (Planta Medica, April 2004).

We discuss the use of Andrographis, another Chinese herb, Astragalus, and a variety of natural remedies for easing symptoms in our Guide to Cold Remedies.

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  1. Health

    Thanks for info my dear friends )

  2. dvikib

    Kan Jang used to be available in the U.S. and I used to take it. It has both andrographis and eleuthero in it and is made by The Swedish Herbal Institute in Sweden. Kold Kare is made in the U.S. and only has Andrographis in it (although the box looks identical to the old Kan Jang boxes that were sold here). Personally, I take a cheaper version of andrographis and also the herb eleuthero together for colds. This year I found I was severely deficient in Vitamin D3 and I have not had a cold since taking 4,000 units of Vitamin D3 gelcaps daily. I have very sensitive skin and eyes and cannot spend time in the sun to build my immune system.

  3. eric

    One great one is Kan Jang, available in health stores. It knocks my sinus headache right out, without the side effects of medications. Also there are some natural sprays that open you up and moisten the membranes. I think our hormones affect our sinuses, I often feel so dry inside my nose. I do not take over the counter sinus medications or prescribed. They make me feel very odd, dizzy, dry, disoriented. (one of the possible side effects of Allegra.)

  4. jlamf

    In today’s program you cautioned moms not to put Vicks under a child’s nose, then mentioned rubbing it on the soles.
    My mom always rubbed my chest with Vicks, put a clean t-shirt over it, then my pjs. It made me feel better and the smell seemed to clear my nose.
    Is this dangerous too?

  5. EL

    Although I scoffed at the idea, I went ahead and tried rubbing Vicks VapoRub on the soles of my feet at bedtime when I had a cold. Within minutes, I could taste the Vicks and my nasal congestion was gone. The effects continued through the night. The cold may not be “cured”, but the symptoms are vastly reduced.

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