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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

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

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

It is getting to the heart of winter and cold season.  Chinese medicine and acupuncture have many remedies for preventing colds and treating colds.  Here are some of my best posts about tricks from the Chinese Medicine Cabinet to prevent colds and flus. How to Kick the Common Cold Acupuncture for the Common Cold Four Chinese Herbs for the Common Cold Natural Cold Remedies Preventing colds for People with Asthma Asthma Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Resetting the Immune System: Allergies, Asthma, and Acupuncture Immunity and Qi Recipes for the Common Cold Rainy Day Ginger Beef Soup Winter Foods to Beat Colds and Flu

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have long been used to treat asthma.  It is especially important during the cold and flu season to keep asthma under control.  For people with asthma, common colds not only cause sinus headaches and cough, it can also lead to wheezing, asthma attacks, and a cycle of colds which is difficult to stop. In Chinese medicine, a lack of energy, or qi, is the most common imbalance that leads to asthma.  When there is too little qi, people are often very susceptible to getting a cold or flu. Acupuncture helps to treat asthma by boosting your qi. Acupuncture can help treat symptoms of colds and boost your immune system.  Acupuncture points such as Stomach 36 on

This fall is very cold and rainy here in New York, easy to catch a cold.  In my last post I wrote about acupuncture for the common cold.  In this post, I will discuss Chinese herbs and herbal formulas. It is important to take the herbs that are right for you, as well as purchase high quality herbs.  So before you take any herbs, it is important to consult a trained herbalist. Gan Mao Ling: Gan mao means “common cold” in Chinese.  This herbal formula is great for preventing and treating common colds.  Take it preventatively when there is a cold going around or if you have a cold.   It is best to treat are sore and itchy throat, and

This year the New York City fall weather is particularly nasty.  Acupuncture can help fight off that cold in the NYC weather.Acupuncture gives your immune system a boost, which helps to fight off a cold.  Acupuncture can also reduce the symptoms of a cold, like sore throat, headaches, and body aches.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help to prevent and reduce the symptoms of colds in this New York City weather by addressing the specific symptoms and feelings of the patient. Here are some acupuncture points and acupuncture point combinations that help reduce the common cold.   Lung 5 and Lung 7 are effective for reducing cough and chest congestion.  If there is a lot of chest congestion, Lung 1 may be

Chinese medicine is more than just what I do in my office, Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Chinese herbal formulas.  There are many practices which prevent illnesses and maintain health that you can do on your own. Here are some I often recommend to my patients and my readers. Food as Medicine Eating healthy is the best way to prevent illnesses.  Here are some articles which share Chinese medicine dietary therapies and philosophy of food choices. Eating Healthy to Create Harmony Chinese Medicine Recommendations for Vegetarians A Rainy Day Beef Ginger Soup Foods to Beat the Common Cold Exercising Our bodies are made to move.  Here are some exercises and stretches to boost your body and your qi. Five Essential Stretches for

In a press release yesterday, NYC has announced that the flu has come to New York City. In Chinese Medicine there are two main ways to prevent getting the flu.  First, boost your own immune system, which Chinese medicine  (read this post for more info).  Second, fend off any invaders before you get sick. It is best to treat a disease before you get it by boosting your immune system.  I recommend taking the mushroom reishi, also called ling zhi in Chinese, which will help boost your immunity and your energy. But when the flu is going around, it is important to take an herbal formula which will help prevent the sickness.  Gan Mao ling is a great formula for