Chinese Remedies for Cold and Flu
Chinese people use remedies to treat cold and flu. These remedies can be used for general health maintenance as well. The following are the commonly used Chinese remedies for cold and flu that you can easily make at home.
1) Wind Heat Type Cold and Flu (Main symptoms: cough, body aches, headache, high fever, sore throat and yellow nasal discharge)
Chinese Pear Soup
2-3 Chinese pears (or any kind of Asian pear)
2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
2 tablespoons goji berries
2 tablespoons Chinese sweet almonds
4 pieces silver ear fungus
6 cups water
How to cook: Soften silver ear fungus in warm water for 15 minutes. Slice pears into several pieces. Bring water to a boil and add all ingredients, simmer for about an hour.
Chrysanthemum and Peppermint Tea
400ml of water
15g rock sugar
How to cook: Boil the chrysanthemum with water. When brought to a boil, add in peppermint and crystal sugar, boil for 3 minutes.
2) Wind Cold Type Cold and Flu (Main symptoms: body aches, chills, clear nasal discharge, congestion, headache, mild-fever, no sweating, sneezing and stiff neck)
Ginger and Brown Sugar Tea
600ml of water
8 slices of ginger (old ginger preferred)
2 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste
How to cook: Put all ingredients into a pot and boil it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Hot Ginger Coke
4 slices of ginger
2 slices of lemon
1 can of coke
Yes, you read it right, boiled coke with ginger and lemon. It is not a traditional herbal formula, but it works well to relieve cold symptoms. How to cook: Put all ingredients into a pot and boil it for 5 to 10 minutes.