There are storms, and there are typhoons. Two weeks back, I contracted a typhoon of a head cold. With deadlines to meet, and two sick kids in my hands, logic dictatated that I kill it with antibiotics. But something made me refrain.
I've already had two courses of rather heavy antibiotics this year following two seperate surgeries, and I was not sure I wanted to go through another.
Since my recent experiences with asprin have not been the best, I decided to follow the grandmothers' remedies that have been handed down to me from grandmother other than mine.
Ginger tea, I started out with, before graduating to concoctions of my own making - ginger, cinnamon and cloves; ginger, pepper and tulsi leaves; ginger crushed into honey. By the third day, I was feeling almost as good as I would have had I trusted antibiotics, and by the end of the week, I was running 5 k on the treadmill.
Whether alternate medicine always works, I do not know. All I know is that in this particular case, it worked for me.