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At the end of the day, choosing a flu remedy is trial and error until you find something that will make you more comfortable - Aviva Romm MD

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Zinc? Honey? Ginger? What Actually Helps When You Have a Cold or the Flu?

“There’s a saying that if you treat a cold, it goes away in seven days, if you leave it alone, it goes away in a week,” said Dr. Aviva Romm, a physician who specializes in integrative medicine.

But for generations, countless home remedies — cups of warm tea or soups and spoonfuls of herbs — have helped manage cold and flu symptoms, like a sore throat or congestion. Scientists have conducted research over the years attempting to quantify how effective some of those remedies are, how frequently they should be used and what formulations work best. But the studies are often small or don’t show much efficacy.

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