Can chicken soup really cure the flu?
Feeling a cold coming on? We investigate whether any of those old homespun remedies actually work.
After a year’s reprieve thanks to social distancing, the cold and flu season is back with a vengeance. The runny nose, sneezing and sore throat that go with the common cold are, once again, as much a part of winter in Victoria as AFL footy and puffer jackets.
When it comes to fighting off those unwelcome symptons, it seems almost everyone has a favourite remedy they swear by. Chances are it’s a method that has been passed down through the family over many generations. But do any of these old-fashioned remedies actually work?
To get to the truth of the matter, we enlisted the help of Associate Professor Julian Rait, president of the Australian Medical Association Victoria, to put these old wives’ tales to the test.