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 their four pathogenic causes: cold, wind, dampness and heat. Cold and wind are common in winter and spring; dampness and heat in summer, but several elements can occur together.

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 and cold, you need to have foods such as ginger, garlic. For wind and heat, you need to have foods such as spinach, peppermint. Drinking a hot ginger 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.

1) Ginger tea
Function: Relieves cold symptoms like chills and runny nose with watery mucus.

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2) Ginger and brown sugar soup
Function: Relieves cold symptoms like chills and runny nose with watery mucus.

3) Gui Zhi Tang
Function: Main symptoms are sweating, aversion to wind, muscle aches, with a little bit fever and loss of appetite. Usually, after taking the herbal tea, all uncomfortable symptoms should be gone and your appetite will return the following day.

4) Ge Gen Tang
Function: Main symptoms are stiff neck and upper back, headache, aversion to wind, muscle aches, sore throat, thirsty.

5) Da Qing Long Tang
Function: Main symptoms are fever, coughing with thicker yellow phlegm, body aches, thirsty, loss of appetite, no sweating, feeling a chill, but feels very hot inside of body.

6) Xiao Qing Long Tang
Function: Main symptoms are fever, coughing with watery white phlegm, body aches, itchy throat, no thirsty, no sweating, feeling very chills inside of body.

7) Xiao Chai Hu Tang
Function: Main symptoms are the alternate attacks of chills and fever, feeling of fullness and discomfort in chest and the upper lateral region of the abdomen, and nausea.

Acupressure for Cold and Flu

Acupressure can help in effectively fighting cold. White blood cells present in the blood stream fight infections and protect the body from diseases. Acupressure can help in stimulating the production of white blood cells that prevent infections and protect the body from common cold. (Acupressure)

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