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Natural cures for the common cold

Cold season is here.  Between the sniffles, the coughs, and the runny noses, everyone is catching something.

However, many have mixed feelings over the side effects from over-the-counter cold medicines, and some would rather take the natural route.

Dr. Roberta Lee, Medical Director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, talked with Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com, about an assortment of natural remedies.

One new herb that is turning heads is called the Elderberry.

“It comes in liquid and tablet form, and it’s one of the few that has scientific studies showing it’s very effective against Influenza A,” Lee said of the herb.

As soon as people have even a hint of getting sick, Lee advised that’s the best time to reach for the Elderberry.

Another known healer are medicinal mushrooms, which come in pill form.  While eating mushrooms with your meal is also beneficial for your health, Lee said to stick to the pills first.

“You can do that,” Lee said of eating typical shiitake mushrooms.  “It’s helpful, but not as useful for viruses and colds as taking a capsule.”

To learn more about natural remedies, visit www.foxnews.com/health.