In chinese medicine, external wind and cold are the main reason to catch a cold in winter. Wind and coldness blocks the free flow of en Qi “life energy”, especially the defensive energy (Wei-Qi) which has the function of protecting the body against external factors like wind-cold, wind-heat and dampness.
Symptoms of Exterior Wind-Cold are:
- Chills with low grade fever or no fever,
- no sweating
- stiff neck
- stuffy nose
- fear of cold
- scratchy throat
- Fresh Ginger Roots (Sheng Jiang 生姜) 9 gr (0.3 oz)
- Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi 桂枝) 9 gr (0.3 oz)
- Red Date Jujube (Da Zao 大枣) 5 – 12 pcs
How to prepare
Boil about 1 litre (2.1 pt) water in a ceramic or stainless steel pot add the herbs and turn the fire back on simmer. Cook it for about 20 minutes. After you can fill it into a thermos bottle and drink it throughout the day.
Fresh Ginger Roots (Sheng Jiang 生姜)
Is a commonly used food in many dishes, it has a mild function of inducing perspiration and stopping coughing. It is often used to treat mild or early stages of a cold or influenza.
Ginger has also the function of treating nausea and vomiting – use it together with cinnamon twigs (Gui Zhi) and red date „jujube“ (Da Zao)
Fresh Ginger eliminates toxins and treats food poisoning, characterized by vomiting and diarrhea. It works best by food poison due to eating shrimps and crabs.
Fresh Ginger shouldn’t be used for a long time because of it’s warm and acrid nature it can damage Qi and Yin in the body. It shouldn’t be used if you have excess heat symptoms, or if you are sweating spontaneously with tiredness.
Cinnamon Twig - Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi)
One of the main herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat exterior cold wind.
Cinnamon Twig warms the meridians and dispels cold. It is also indicated for wind-cold arthralgia, often neck and shoulder pain due of cold weather.
This herb induces heat, damages the yin and moves blood. It is prohibited for those with warm pathogens, like infections or other health problems with heat symptoms.
Use with caution in pregnant women.
Red Date Jujube (Da Zao 大枣)
Red date helps strengthening your Qi (Spleen/Stomach), nourishes the blood and calms the spirit. It also moderates and harmonies the properties of other herbs.
In terms of TCM, Da Zao is inadvisable in cases of damp phlegm syndrome, indigestion, tooth disease, and parasite disease.
- Fever & chills w/fever predominating,
- sore throat,
- stuffy a/or runny nose w/yellow discharge,
- slight sweating,
Some simple Chinese medicine teas for wind-heat type of cold
- Chrysanthemum Flower and Peppermint tea
- Chrysanthemum (6g) NAME: JU HUA-菊花 - FLOS CHRYSANTHEMI
- Peppermint (3g) NAME: BO HE - 薄荷 - HERBA MENTHAE - PEPPERMINT
How to prepare
Boil the chrysanthemum (6g) with about 500ml of water. When brought to a boil, add in peppermint (3g) boil for 2-3 minutes. If needed you can add some Chrystal sugar to it. I prefer not to. Take the hot tea twice a day. It helps to relieve symptoms like sore throat, nasal congestion, headache and fever that occur in "heat" type flu.
Over the counter Recipe for wind-heat type of cold.
A good over the counter herbal formula for expelling heat and relief flu. Is the patent formula Yin Jiao Jie Du Pain, which you get in any drugstore in Asia or in China Towns all over the world. It is used for common cold, fever, headache, cough, thirst and sore throat.
Chrysanthemum Flower - JU HUA-菊花
Peppermint - Bo He 薄荷 (Herba Menthae Haplocalycis)