Got a cold? Herbs can help

herbal ingredients 1Can Chinese Herbs Help Your Cold? Yes!

Chinese medicine has been relieving and preventing colds for thousands of years.

Chinese 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.

Early Colds and Preventing a Cold

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 … 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

The change of season is a time that you can catch a cold. During the change of seasons I regularly get acupuncture and take herbs to prevent a cold.

But Grandma suggestions also work!  Eating soup is a good way to boost up your qi.

Healing Vegetable Soup

There is no big secret to vegetable soup.  I make it all the time, especially during the change of seasons to prevent colds from coming on.  This recipe is also super easy to make and requires no skills.

I particularly like it during the colder months, summer to fall, because it … 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