Preventive Medicine

How to Treat a Cold

We all know that there is no cure for the common cold, yet these simple tactics can sometimes stop this virus in its tracks if applied at the very onset.  Having these inexpensive items in your kitchen during this time of year may come in handy should you succumb to a ‘bug’.

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the common cold and flu come from “external cold wind” which makes our pores clamp down.  A ‘cold’ kind of cold makes us feel chilled-like being outside on a chilly windy day without being properly dressed. TCM principal is to open the pores to help sweat the illness out of our systems.
The following recipe will help kick that cold to the curb if used within the early stages.


Combine 4 slices of fresh ginger with the white parts of 6 green onions and 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drink while it is warm.  This is one dose and should be repeated 2-3 times a day.  It will make you sweat slightly which is what you want so as to expel the toxins from your body.

A ‘hot’ sort of cold or “external heat wind” gives us a sore throat and high temperature.
In this case, use Yin Chiao pills (available at most natural food stores) within the first 48 hours. 
This is an item you should never be without. They are made from honeysuckle and forsythia fruit – known for their anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.  My family has used Yin Chiao for years with good results. Consult your natural health practitioner before taking any herbal remedies.


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