Got a cold? Herbs can help

herbal ingredients 1Most 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 … Read More

What is Chinese Medicine?

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 … Read More

Healing Soup for the Change of Seasons

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 … Read More

Steamed Pears and Almonds: Dry Cough Remedy

Food is medicine

Asian culture has many food remedies for common aliments such as colds and coughs.

In the fall air is dry. This leads to a cold with a dry cough. Dry coughs also occur in the deep winter with the heat blasting (especially with steam heat here in NYC).

A dry chronic cough that is accompanied by deep congestion in the chest is perfectly suited for a healing sweet soup.  We call this dry phlegm because it is difficult to expectorate and causes and chronic long term dry cough.

Seasonal Foods

Most remedies come from foods and … Read More