Treating the Common Cold or Flu Through Understanding Our Biological Association With Nature, SANUM Therapy and Ayurvedic Concepts (Part I)

Well, as the saying goes, its getting to be cold and flu season, again. And, with the recent reduction in flu vaccines due to contamination, Americans will be eager to look for alternatives to the treatment of this annual influence. SANUM Therapy offers a number of supportive remedies for these so-called viral conditions, such as colds and the flu, however it is important to pay attention to lifestyle and seasonal shifts, as well.

The General remedies that will be discussed in detail later in the article are the following:


  • Pleo Alkala
  • Pleo Citro
  • Pleo Sanuvis

Isopathic/Homeopathic Fungal

  • Pleo Fort
  • Pleo Grif
  • Pleo Nig
  • Pleo Quent
  • Pleo Rub

Homeopathic Bacterial Immune Modulator

  • Pleo Ut
  • Pleo Rec

Botanical Remedy - Immune/GI support/Anti-viral

  • Pleo Relivora
  • Pleo Cerlvi

Glandular - Immune organ stimulation

  • Pleo Thym
  • Pleo Reb

Polysan G


Virus influenzae Spengler, Bacillus influenzae Pfeiffer, Bacterium pneumoniae

What exactly is cold and flu season? I don’t really consider that there is an actual season for colds and flu amidst the four wonderful seasons already in place. However, when one considers the cyclic shifts in weather and lifestyle, then we now have a time of year when colds and the flu become more prevalent. But a season…I have to wonder.

Some aspects of getting a cold or flu are related to early concepts of nature cure and the cyclic processes through which all living organisms exist. I believe these nature cure considerations are still accurate today, however humans in their acceptance of the modern concepts of illness have overlooked these natural biological processes. Over the course of a day, a month or a year, human beings’ functional bio-dynamics shift with the external influence of the local weather patterns and some believe the entire planetary system. This is quite obvious with children as they are most often completely in-sync with the natural rhythms of the day and seasons.

A child will tend to eat, play, be quiet and fall asleep at certain times of the day and be in bed in the evening right around sunset or within a couple of hours after the sun sets. They arise nearly at the same time as the sun, even on the weekends, much to the dismay of their parents. Our “internal biological clock” which may easily be seen in the lifestyle habits of children, usually becomes altered as one moves into the teenage years. This is so from the human-made influences such as, lights, television, restaurants, graveyard shift work schedules and any other influences that will promote one bypassing the natural biorhythms. Thus, we tend to overlook some of these gradual changes that have occurred within the first 10 to 15 years of life as a normal process of the societal needs of maturing.

However, the body continues to fluctuate with the natural biorhythms, which when ignored adds to the other stressors of our physiology. It is common to feel increased energy at certain points in the day, and during certain aspects of the different seasons. For example, in the spring and certain parts of the day in the summer we feel increased vitality and often yearn for exercise and exploration. In the heat of summer, or cold, wet, rainy fall and spring, and certainly in the winter, one tends to feel more sluggish and the desire to rest more is quite strong. The times of year between summer and winter, and winter and summer are transitional and create biological and physiological changes. These times are also congestive times of year. Body systems are transitioning from one season of intensity to the next with the interim season in between. Biologically, cold, wet climates tend to create accumulation of metabolic debris as these transitions occur. Therefore, the transitional seasons of spring and fall are the times of year when people experience more illnesses that relate to this accumulation.

General wellness is also a pattern associated with these cyclic rhythms. Our bodies have their own internal knowing, which according to the naturopathic tenants is “Vis Medicatrix Naturae” or ‘to act in harmony with the healing power of nature’,that enables us to keep well as we move through the various seasons. If we pay attention to these natural processes, we can develop a whole new aspect of awareness that involves sleep, work, eating habits and general well being. Some of these shifts are so commonplace that it just seems typical to feel like you want to sleep all day when it gets cold or rainy. The same is true when it gets quite hot and/or humid.

These natural tendencies are the body’s ways of conserving energy and resources. As predominantly mesomorphs, human beings have a much greater adaptation response capacity to cold than we do to heat. We can add multiple layers of clothing, build shelters, and produce heat sources, however we are limited when it comes to avoiding heat. But, we still have to adapt to these temperatures through conservation of resources and elimination of accumulated debris.

In Ayurvedic medicine, which is the oldest know system of medicine on earth, there is a correlation between the seasons and the three doshas, or constitutions, including lifestyle, foods eaten, sleep, etc. There is much more data to discuss here than we have space for, however, we can review a brief aspect of these constitutions to get an idea of the environmental correlations and functions.

Vata- nerve force, electro-motor, physical activity or that which is responsible for motion, often called “air”. The root ‘va’ means to spread. In Western terms, it is the electricity setting the organism in motion, maintaining the equilibrium between Pitta and Kapha, the two other doshas.

Pitta- relates to internal fire, bile, body heat, digestive enzymes, physio-chemical, biological, metabolic and endocrine systems. It is responsible for digesting the chyle into a protoplasmic substance like sperm and ovum.

Kapha- fills the intercellular spaces of the body as connective tissue. Examples of these tissues include mucus, synovial fluid, and tendons. Kapha is responsible for the gross structure of the body (solid and liquid).

Each person is made up of a combination of these elements or doshas, which are responsible for catabolic and anabolic metabolism.

In accepting these various environmental influences on the body, we have the capacity to alter our general lifestyle to accommodate these changes to lessen the degree of accumulated debris and irritation of the doshas. While initially it reasons to adopt a more relaxed lifestyle as one proceeds through the transitional seasons, few Americans consciously adapt to these changing seasons.

In the larger biodynamic picture, the body milieu (internal terrain) is in constant fluctuation accommodating these external influences along with the lifestyle habits of the person; the latter of which are not often maintained to the full benefit of the former. Dietary changes according to the above can be very beneficial to allow the body the opportunity to metabolize foods more efficiently and eliminate metabolic debris easily. However, when the milieu becomes altered it involves much more than just eating more veggies! As you will note below, we are affecting the very essence of biological and physiological functioning of the body.

SANUM Therapy

SANUM Therapy, as a modality of biological medicine, is completely compatible with these natural rhythms as it is such a wonderful system of functional medicine in and of itself. The significance of the milieu, the microbe and factors of daily life that influence these has a tremendous influence on our general well being and health. It is no simple feat maintaining a human being against the deleterious influences of the average American lifestyle. Stress, lack of rest, fast food, external toxins, lack of interaction with nature, genetically altered foods further affected with preservatives and colorings and so much more, are constantly challenging this thriving bio-diversity of internal terrain. Behind all of this vital physiology is a lowly creature, of little known importance and with general apparent insignificance, except to those who understand biological medicine and the role that SANUM therapy plays in these processes. This lowly creature is the microbe.

Why This Is So Important?

The average human adult has an interface with the external environment via the mucous membranes of the body and the skin surface area. While the skin surface area is usually 1 – 2 square meters depending upon body size, the internal interface via the lungs, genito-urinary tract and the gastro-intestinal (GI) mucous membranes is over 300 square meters! The GI tract alone averages over 220 square meters of interactive surface area.

What is significant to consider about this is that the external genito-urinary mucous membranes and the gastro-intestinal tract are also inhabited by millions of microbes. In fact, it is estimated that there are human cells in the number of 1013, with the microbes numbering 1014. This indicates over 10 times more microbes that human cells! These microbes, well over 400 different species, are biologically vital to the proper functioning of the human being. They provide numerous benefits as described below:


Mucin films, glycocalyxes, ciliary action &


pH phenomena, partial oxygen tension, redox potential, enzymes, peptides, fatty acids, gases, etc.


Type and quantity of the local and transit


Activities of the immune system associated with the mucous membranes.
Barrier protection:

Occupation of ecological niches. Phenomena of antagonism and continuous “training” of immune responses.

Continued in Part II

© 2005 By Dr. Kirk R. Slagel, N.M.D., M.Ed., USA

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