Food for the Winter to beat colds and flus

The Chinese medicine pantry has  many easy recommendations from the Chinese medicine to help you ward off the nasty colds of the winter season of the season.


Use ginger in your soups, teas, and stir-fries. Aromatic and warming, ginger infusions are particularly good to drink after getting caught in cold, wet weather. Just a few slices of fresh ginger will go a long way.


Use cinnamon in your oatmeal to warm the kidneys and digestive system on an everyday basis.


Keep carrots around the house. Often called baby ginseng because of their ability to increase qi, they can be used in soups. Combine them with other aromatic vegetables and herbs such as onions, garlic, celery, turnip, and bay leaves, which will open your sinuses.

Mushrooms and Herbs

Ginseng has been shown to boost immunity and help prevent the common cold and flu.


Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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