Steamed Pears and Almonds: Dry Cough Remedy

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 and nourish the lungs.

Steamed Asian Pear with Almonds

Asian Pear

1.  Peel and core the pear.
2.  Crush 5-8 almonds.  Should be enough to fill the core with the almonds.
3.  Put 1/3 cup of water into a pot.  Bring to a boil.
4.  Place the pear on a steamer, either stainless steel or bamboo.
5.  Gently steam while covered until the pear is soft, about 6-8 minutes.
6.  Remove the pear to a bowl.   Pour the liquid over the pear and eat as a delicious sweet soup.


Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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