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I have often written about herbal remedies for treating common colds.  Today, I will expand on the two most common herbal formulas I use for preventing common colds: Ling Zhi and Gan Mao Ling.1.  Ling Zhi (ganoderma or Reishi): This Chinese herb is a mushroom that has powerful immune boosting properties.  We say it can boost the body’s qi, or energy. It can also be effective for fatigue and poor digestion.

This herb is best for preventing colds.  Now, the change of seasons, is the perfect time to begin taking Ling Zhi. When the seasons change it is easy to get  cold.   Ling Zhi helps to prevent getting the cold be giving an immune boost.   I take only a small dosage and still feel the improvement in my health.

It actually grows all over the United States.  A few weeks ago, I went on an foraging tour with Wildman Steve Brill. We actually found Ling zhi on our trip in Westchester.  If you are picking wild ling zhi, it is very important to go with a guide as many mushrooms can be dangerous.

2.  Gan Mao Ling: Gan mao ling means common cold remedy.  This herbal remedy is very good to prevent the development of colds.  You can take it if you feel a cold coming on, have a minor sore throat, or people around you are sick.
Gan mao ling has herbs which help to kill viruses and boost the immune system.  I also recommend taking it while on a plane trip to prevent from getting sick during traveling.

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