Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Cold


Western medicine suggests common cold is caused by viruses. Antihistamines, cough suppressant, aspirin, throat lozenge and other medicines are prescribed for cold symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine divides cold into four categories according to pathogenic causes: cold, wind, dampness and heat. The most common types are wind cold and wind heat.

Chinese herbal medicine can be extremely helpful to ease common cold symptoms. Many Chinese herbs to treat cold are foods and plants that are very easy to buy in supermarket or you may have them at home. For wind cold, you need to have foods such as ginger, garlic. For wind heat, you need to have foods such as spinach, peppermint.

Drinking a hot ginger garlic soup, then going to bed under thick quilts will promote sweating. It is one of the common methods to relieve cold symptoms in Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially fever.

Chinese Ginger Garlic Soup for Cold

1 to 2 inch piece of fresh ginger cut into slices
4 green onions (use only the white part) cut into several pieces
2 to 3 cloves of garlic, cut into slices
6 cups chicken bone broth

How to cook: Put all ingredients into a pot and boil it for 10 minutes. Drink the soup while it is warm or hot.

Chinese Herbs for Cold and Flu

1) Yin Chiao Cold Remedy Tea relieves symptoms of the common cold by helping to boost the immune system.

Where to buy: Yin Chiao Cold Remedy Tea

2) Ge Gen Tang Wan is often used for cold or flu with headache, neck stiffness and pain.

Where to buy: Ge Gen Tang Wan

3) Ginger Tea relieves cold symptoms like chills and runny nose with watery mucus.

Where to buy: Yogi Teas, Ginger

Prevention of Cold and Flu

Tonic herbs like such as Lingzhi, Cordyceps and Yunzhi can promote a healthy body environment. Tonic herbs may be taken as foods or general health supplements. TCM practitioners advise patients to take them daily for prevention purposes during the prevalent cold and flu seasons.

Acupressure for Cold and Flu

Most people won’t go to doctor for common cold when it is not very serious. They will just ignore it and hopefully it will be gone within few days. Cold symptoms can get suddenly worse which leads to increasing in body temperature or infections of other diseases when body get in worse condition. Besides taking Chinese herbs, acupressure is also very useful to treat cold and flu. It can ease cold and flu symptoms, and also encourage the body to fight diseases. You can try stimulating acupressure points for cold on your own.

Chinese remedies for cold and flu that you can easily make at home

Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment for other health conditions

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