Chinese Medicine for Cold
Chinese medicine views the common cold as an invasion of Wind. There are two basic types of colds:
1. Caused by Wind Cold. Cold colds produce chills and sensitivity to cold and drafts.
2. Caused by Wind Heat. Heat colds are flulike; they produce fever.
This pattern exhibits the following symptoms:
Diaphoretic (sweating) therapy is often recommended for this condition, since it warms the body and pushes the pathogen out through the pores.
An effective remedy is miso soup with the white part of spring onion and fresh ginger. For more severe or advanced cases, there is a full range of therapies, depending on the combination of symptoms.
For this condition Chinese doctors often use formulas containing cinnamon twig, ginger root, asarum (which is similar to ginger), kudzu root, and licorice.
example, when the symptoms include strong chills, inability to sweat, wheezing, and stiff neck, the classic and ancient remedy is Ephedra Decoction (Ma Huang Tang). The chief herb in this formula is Ephedra (ma
huang). It also contains cinnamon twig, apricot seeds, and licorice. Ephedra is never used by itself in Chinese herbal therapy; it is always part of a formula, often combined with licorice (as in Ephedra Decoction), which tones down its harsh nature.
Ephedra, used alone, is very dangerous, as it can raise blood pressure. Do not use
this formula if you have heart disease or hypertension. And do not exceed the recommended dosage.
For wind heat, Chinese doctors typically prescribe herbal formulas containing chrysanthemum flowers, mulberry leaf, mint, peppermint, honeysuckle, forsythia buds, burdock seed, and licorice.
Numerous formulas are available in Chinese Medicine to treat the many variations of this condition. The most commonly used is a formula called Yin Qiao San. It is used for treating influenza, tonsillitis, and the common cold, is available as the patent formula Yin Qiao lie nu Pian.
In addition to Yin Qiao. a number of other effective remedies exist in Chinese medicine.
with herbal remedies Chinese doctors also prescribe the following for wind heat:
Chinese Patent Formulas for Cold
Sang Ju Yin Pian
Sang Ju Yin Pian (Mulberry Leaf Chrysanthemum Drink Tablets)
This Chinese herbal remedy is prescribed for colds for the following symptoms:
Morus Leaf (Herba Mori)
Take four pills three times a day.
Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian (Lonicera Forsythia Detoxification Tablets)
This Chinese Herbal remedy is useful for combating the following symptoms of cold:
Lonicera Flower (Flos Lonicerae)
Four pills two to three times a day. Discontinue use after three days.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Acupuncture and moxibustion can provide some immediate relief from cold symptoms and help the body expel the pathogen much faster. Acupuncture points along the lung and large intestine meridians are often used as they activate the immune function in the body.
The most important acupuncture point in treating the common cold is Large Intestine 4. This point is located in the web between the thumb and index finger. This point is very effective for this condition, since it suppresses pain and relieves exterior conditions. Patients frequently experience quick relief when the point is needled or massaged.
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