The active ingredient in Cold-FX pills is Panux quinquefolius, otherwise known as North American ginseng root, and the inactive ingredients include gelatin, chlorophyll and titanium dioxide, notes the Cold-FX website. Cold-FX pills are manufactured and available for use in Canada.
Those who practice holistic medicine have been using ginseng for its medicinal properties for hundreds of years. It is believed to act as an immune booster and be effective in treating or shortening the symptoms of the common cold, states WebMD. The medicinal properties of ginseng have been studied by the medical industry but no conclusive evidence as to its efficacy has been shown. Gelatin is used as a binding agent, and the chlorophyll and titanium dioxide are part of the capsules natural coloring.
Cold-FX claims to shorten the duration of the flu or the common cold by boosting the immune system and helping the body fight off the germs. The website advises taking it daily through the winter months and recommends two to four capsules a day for adults. The maximum adult dosage is nine capsules a day. Each Cold-FX pill contains 200 milligrams of the company's proprietary ginseng extract. As of 2015, Cold-FX was available for purchase in sizes ranging from 18 to 225 capsules.