Uncommon Cures

Stick this in your nose, sicky.
Stick this in your nose, sicky.

I'm on semi-vacation, it's my sister's birthday, we're supposed to be having fun and, lucky me, I've come down with a cold. Sniff.

My dad just forced me to use a neti pot for the first time. This is a ceramic device in which you place warm salt water then insert into your nostril, allowing the water to run out of the other nostril.

Yeah. Gross.

Now I feel like my face was pummeled by an ocean wave. But I have a strange feeling it will help ...

Is this a placebo effect? Can colds even be cured? What weird stuff do you do to get rid of a virus and other ailments?