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Most people think that Chinese medicine is used only for chronic health problems, but it can be very effective for acute problems, like relieving and preventing colds. In fact, Chinese medicine has been relieving and preventing colds for thousands of years. Herbs can help relieve your sore throat, coughing, headaches, fatigue, chills and fever. The key is using the right formula at the right stage of your cold. Before taking Chinese herbs, ask your acupuncturist or Chinese medicine doctor which one is right for you. Gan Mao Ling– Gan Mao Ling translates to the common cold pills. This herbal formula helps to fight minor colds as well as prevent you from getting a cold if something is going around. It

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a term that refers to medicine practices developed in China and other parts of Asia.  Traditional Chinese Medicine generally covers many types of modalities including acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese Herbal remedies, Tui Na or Chinese Medical Massage, as well as other manual therapies including gua sha (spoon massage or coining) and cupping. In China, the term Chinese medicine (in Chinese it is called Zhong Yi 中医) often refers to the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.  Although it can also refer to the entire practice of Chinese medicine. While acupuncture refers to acupuncture and moxibustion. Some of these therapies are performed only by experienced physicians, such as prescribing complex herbal formulas or doing acupuncture. But others are

As we all know that the change of season can easily cause a common cold.   Eating soup is a good way to boost up your qi. There is no big secret to vegetable soup.  I eat it all the time, especially during the change of seasons to prevent colds from coming on.  I particularly like it during the colder months, summer to fall, because it helps to warm the body and open the respiratory system with aromatic vegetables. Ingredients: 1 large yellow onion 4 carrots 2 turnips 2 celery stalks 1 bay leaf fresh parsley 1 teaspoon of sea salt or kosher salt optional: broccoli stalks, cauliflower leaves, turnip greens, or any root vegetable The simple directions for vegetable soup

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has very specific remedies for different types of colds depending on the symptoms. In the fall, the colds tend to be drying, there is a dry chronic cough.  It is often by accompanied by a deep congestion in the chest.  We call this dry phlegm because it is difficult to expectorate and causes and chronic long term dry cough. Many cold remedies come from seasonal foods and herbs.   By far my favorite food for dry cough is steamed Asian pear with almonds.  It’s very easy to make.  This is an adaptation of a traditional remedy called Chuan Bei Li, which is steamed Asian pear with the herb chuan bei mu, that helps to clear phlegm