In Siddha medicine, the common cold is known as "Sardi" or "Inji Soram." Siddha medicine offers various herbal remedies to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold and boost the body's immunity. Here are some commonly used Siddha medicines for the common cold:
Kabasura Kudineer: This is a popular Siddha herbal decoction used to treat respiratory infections, including the common cold. It contains a combination of herbs such as kabasura kudineer chooranam, milagu (black pepper), chukku (dry ginger), and others.
Thalisathi Chooranam: This herbal powder is a combination of three ingredients: thippili (long pepper), sathi vidhai (Hedychium spicatum), and milagu (black pepper). It is used to relieve cold and cough symptoms.
Sukku Malli Coffee: Sukku (dry ginger) and malli (coriander seeds) are roasted and ground to make a herbal coffee that helps in providing relief from cold and congestion.
Milagu Thulasi Kashayam: This is a herbal decoction made from black pepper (milagu) and holy basil (thulasi) leaves. It is used to treat the common cold and related respiratory issues.
Karisalai Legiyam: It is a herbal paste that includes ingredients like karisalai (Eclipta alba) and honey. It is believed to boost immunity and relieve cold symptoms.
Kandankathiri Chooranam: This herbal powder, made from the roots of Solanum surattense, is used to alleviate the common cold and associated symptoms.
Nellikai Lehyam (Amla Jam): This herbal jam made from Indian gooseberry (Amla) is known for its immune-boosting properties and can be beneficial during cold and flu season.
Please note that while Siddha medicine has been used traditionally for cold and respiratory conditions, it's essential to consult a qualified Siddha practitioner or a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment, especially if the symptoms persist or worsen. Additionally, modern medical advice should not be ignored, and Siddha remedies should be used as complementary approaches under medical supervision.