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.

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Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

I have often written about herbal remedies for treating common colds.  Today, I will expand on the two most common herbal formulas I use for preventing common colds: Ling Zhi and Gan Mao Ling.1.  Ling Zhi (ganoderma or Reishi): This Chinese herb is a mushroom that has powerful immune boosting properties.  We say it can boost the body’s qi, or energy. It can also be effective for fatigue and poor digestion.

This herb is best for preventing colds.  Now, the change of seasons, is the perfect time to begin taking Ling Zhi. When the seasons change it is

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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

New York Colds Part 2: Chinese Herbs

This fall is very cold and rainy here in New York, easy to catch a cold.  In my last post I wrote about acupuncture for the common cold.  In this post, I will discuss Chinese herbs and herbal formulas.

It is important to take the herbs that are right for you, as well as purchase high quality herbs.  So before you take any herbs, it is important to consult a trained herbalist.

Gan Mao Ling: Gan mao means “common cold” in Chinese.  This herbal formula is great for preventing and treating common colds.  Take it preventatively when there is … Read More

New York City in the Fall: Colds and Acupuncture

This year the New York City fall weather is particularly nasty.  Acupuncture can help fight off that cold in the NYC weather.Acupuncture gives your immune system a boost, which helps to fight off a cold.  Acupuncture can also reduce the symptoms of a cold, like sore throat, headaches, and body aches.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help to prevent and reduce the symptoms of colds in this New York City weather by addressing the specific symptoms and feelings of the patient.

Here are some acupuncture points and acupuncture point combinations that help reduce the common cold.   Lung 5 and Lung 7

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Chinese Medicine Health Practices

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are focused on preventing illness not just treatment of disease.

Over the thousands of years of acupuncture’s history, many health practices developed to keep people healthy including diet, exercises, and mind body techniques.

In preventing illnesses, you are your own best doctor.

Food as Medicine

Eating healthy is the best way to prevent illnesses.  Here are some articles which share Chinese medicine dietary therapies and philosophy of food choices.

Exercising

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What to do about the Flu in New York City

In Chinese Medicine there are two main ways to prevent getting the flu.  The first is to boost your immune system.  The second is to fend off any invaders before you get sick.

It is best to treat a disease before you get it by boosting your immune system.  I recommend taking the mushroom reishi (Ganoderma, also called ling zhi) which will help boost your immunity and your energy.

But when the flu is going around, it is important to take an herbal formula which will help prevent the sickness.  Gan Mao ling is a great formula for this. … Read More