Remedies to Prevent and Treat Common Cold and Flu

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.
Preventing colds for People with Asthma

Recipes for the Common Cold

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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Asthma

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 … Read More

Home Remedies for Colds

woman with a cold copyCold season seems to be coming in early this year.  People are already coming into my office with the sniffles, sneezes, and headaches.

Try these quick natural remedies to prevent a cold.

Four Home Remedies for Colds

1. Vinegar–  Viruses do not like acidic environments.  Vinegar is somewhat acidic, so eating foods with vinegar can help prevent the flu.  You can also gargle with vinegar.

2. Garlic–  Eating garlic, especially raw, has a lot of antimicrobial effects on the body.  A clove a day keeps the doctor away!

3.  Vegetable soup–  Soup is a great and … Read More

A Rainy Day Ginger Beef Soup

Herb pot with herbal decoctionYesterday was really April Showers here in New York City.  I was soaked to the bone when I got home from my office.  But, I was really excited to see that my wife had made ginger beef noodle soup for dinner, just the right thing to warm me up and fend off any colds from the storm.

Food is the best medicine

You’ve probably had this experience too.  Coming home in a chilly rain storm, you can feel the cold coming on.  It starts with an ache in your neck, the sniffles, and a slight fever and chills.  This delicious … Read More

Prevent a cold with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs


In my last post about home remedies for colds I shared some of the best tips like gargling with salt water and drinking ginger tea.

Acupuncture and herbs are a great way to treat and prevent colds too.

Acupuncture and Gua Sha: 

People don’t think of acupuncture for colds, but it is  a great way to prevent getting sick and help kick the cold once you have it.  Acupuncture helps boost your immune system to get rid of that pesky cold that won’t go away.  

  Gua Sha which is a massage with a spoon or hard tool helps the Read More

How to Kick your Cold

There’s a bad cold going around here in New York City.  Actually it is probably a couple.  People are coming into the office everyday coughing and sneezing up a storm.  Others have a chest cold and sinus headaches.  What is it from?

I think this changing weather does not allow your body and your energy to adjust.  So your immune system is unprepared for the bugs.

There are things you can do to prepare.  Don’t get caught without knowing what to do when you have early signs of a cold.

What to do when you start feeling sick

1. Gargling Read More