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Health | Wednesday, 14 January 2009

How to knock out a cold

Compiled by Mark Causon

Many ingredients found in cough and cold preparations are being banned in the EU due to their potential to interact with other medicines and their side effects. Pseudo-ephedrine, epinephrine and codeine all form part of the above mentioned.
The Altacura syrups are products based on propolis that form part of the natural defence range by Alta Care Laboratoires – Paris, with no banned substances.
The main active ingredient of the Altacura Syrups is Propolis. Propolis is a sticky substance used by the bees to disinfect their hives. Propolis has been found to be very effective in the prevention and treatment of colds because apart from being antibacterial, it is also antiviral and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Propolis is a powerful immune booster and helps your body to protect itself against illness. Because of these biological properties, propolis has been shown to have outstanding value to mankind and is in fact becoming the most popular substance worldwide to compliment and supplement people suffering from colds.
Altacura Influtuss and Altacura Broncotuss also contain Thyme, which helps to sooth cough sufferers, and high doses of Vitamin C.
Alta Care Laboratoires - Paris, do not dilute their syrups with water, as is in the case of many other companies. The Altacura syrups are topped up with orange juice and honey which is also suitable for diabetics. It is also advantageous to have no sucrose and glucose in a syrup to take care of the teeth, especially in the cases of children or other high-risk patients where Altacura Syrup is administered everyday during the winter months.
Altacura Influtuss and Broncotuss Syrups soothe and protect the body helping to boost and supplement the immune system when there are climate changes, especially during the winter months when the body must resist to all types of aggressions. The Altacura Syrups can also be used as a preventative in people who need to strengthen their defenses, for example teachers, health care professionals etc. Altacura Influtuss and Broncotuss also help to shorten recovery time.
Altacura are ideal for patients who prefer not to swallow tablets or for children who have problems in swallowing. They have excellent flavours – Altacura Broncotuss has an anisette flavour while Altacura Influtuss tastes of orange.
There are no added excipients, preservatives or colourants in Altacura Influtuss Syrup and Altacura Broncotuss Syrups.
There are no side-effects or contra-indications if taken at the recommended dosage.
Altacura Influtuss and Broncotuss Syrups are manufactured in 200mL bottles and come in bright, eye-catching packaging.
Protect yourself and your children against the annoying runny noses, tickly throat and coughs this winter! Altacura Influtuss and Broncotuss Syrups can be administered by children over three years of age: as prevention 1 teaspoon at night and as treatment 1 teaspoon every 4-6 hours. In the case of children over 12 years of age and adults one tablespoon at night should be administered as prevention and as treatment 1 tablespoon every 4-6 hours.
Altacura Influtuss is made in France and is available in all pharmacies. For more information please call on 21312151, send us an email on alta@altacare.com or visit our website www.altacare.com.

A sustained remedy for decongestion

The vast majority of those visiting a pharmacy throughout the year are seeking relief from decongestion. Pharmacists need to be prepared to counsel. Obviously the first-line of therapy for the common cold includes rest, adequate fluid intake, humidification for expectoration, and then come the decongestants. Decongestants are more often than not vapour rub creams or inhalers. In its never ending endeavour to improve upon what is normally available on the market, Alta Care Laboratoires, Paris has launched its Altacura Vapour Patch which has an indirect decongestant effect, thus being milder and more delicate because of its vapour form. Alta Care has made it a point to address the negative characteristics of most vapour creams and inhalers.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile liquid plant materials, known as essential oils (EOs) and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of affecting a person’s mood or health, thus his, or her psychological and physical well-being.
What Are Essential Oils? Essential oils are the subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs, and trees, through distillation. According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians were using essential oils thousands of years before Christ to heal the sick. They are the oldest form of remedies and cosmetics known to man and were considered more valuable than gold. Science is only now beginning to investigate the incredible healing properties of essential oils.
The Altacura Vapour Patch has 6 essential oils that release a vapour that produces a decongestant effect and gives a pleasant sense of freshness to the surrounding air. A normal vapour cream has only one essential oil.
Other advantages of Altacura Vapour Patch are the following:
• It is Camphor free. Camphor is a waxy, white or transparent solid with a strong, aromatic odor. It is a terpenoid with the chemical formula C10H16O. It is found in wood of the camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora), a large evergreen tree found in Asia. In large quantities, it is poisonous when ingested and can cause seizures, confusion, irritability, and neuromuscular hyperactivity.
• The Altacura Vapour Patch does not cause skin irritation, nor is it an eye irritant.
• It can also form part of one’s allergy treatment.
• It is suitable for children.
• Every patch is a monodose thus there is no oxidization of the ingredients as in the case of creams of jars that have to be opened every now and then.
• It is not messy for the Altacura Patch can be applied to ones underwear or clothes.
So the next time you catch a cold be selective when you are about to purchase an aromatherapy product. Even the quality of essential oils varies from company to company. It is not uncommon for select companies to falsely claim that their oils are undiluted or pure when they aren’t.
Altacura Patch is made in France and is available in all pharmacies. For more information please call on 21312151, send us an email on alta@altacare.com or visit our website www.altacare.com.

 

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