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TCM - Dealing with the Common Cold

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concentrates more on natural remedies such as herbs and nutrition and less so on artificial drugs. These remedies are not meant to simply cure a symptom but to bring about a balance in the fundamentals of the body mechanism.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) regards the common cold and flu as being caused by external yin conditions such as wind/heat or a damp/cold conditions from the outer environments which first infiltrate us via the body surfaces such as the mucous membranes of the nose, throat and lungs.

The immediate remedy is to first repel the progress of the colds from the body surface as quick as possible to prevent further deterioration of the body that might worsen the common colds to other complexities in our bodies. This means choosing herbs, spices and food that push back the yin factors, as well as herbs that cause some amount of sweating in order to expand the sweat glands.

A common remedy is the drink herbal tea, which include the Manchurian wild ginger, xi xin,(细辛), a warm and pungent tea that helps relieve wind/cold symptoms as understood in the Chinese Medicine. Another choice is Ge Gen Tang, (葛根汤), a commonly available and tasty tea made up of cinnamon and fresh ginger.

Physicians of Traditional Chinese Medicine will also recommend eating less food and increase consumption of fluids. In addition, warming the herbs and food before consumption would help. If the cold is accompanied by fever, then taking cooling food such as cinnamon and hot spices will also help relieve fever.

Notice that these remedies do no cure the cold symptoms (or viruses) directly, but to prevent further assault of our body surfaces from the external environments. In doing so, this buy time to allow our body to build up natural antibodies and defense mechanisms against the invading conditions that will enhance the shielding abilities of the bodies against future infections.


 

 

 

 

Healing Recipes for the Common Cold

 
  • Ginger Tea

  • Fish with Lemon Sauce
 
  • Steamed Steamed Carp on Mustard Greens
 
  • Steamed Pumpkin with Gingered Honey
 
  • Braised Duck with Cinnamon, Garlic and Bamboo
 
Manchurian Wild Ginger
Manchurian wild ginger
(细辛)
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