Magic Common Cold Soup
This simple soup is an ancient Chinese remedy that is used when someone is experiencing a fever along with cold symptoms.
Cook this broth when you feel a fever, chills and a runny nose:
Green Onion, Garlic and Ginger Soup
2 green onions (use only the white part) cut into several pieces
1 piece of ginger the size of a thumb, cut into slices
2 to 3 cloves of garlic, cut into slices
1 to 2 teaspoons of brown sugar or honey
Put the green onions, ginger, and garlic into a pot and add 2¼ cups of water. Boil the soup for 10 minutes and then add brown sugar or honey. Drink it while it is warm or hot. After drinking the soup, curl up into a warm blanket and rest. After a few minutes, you may begin to sweat while your fever and cold symptoms dissipate. Sweating helps release the cold and is a sign that your Wei Qi (defensive qi in Chinese Medicine) is pushing the cold out of your body!
P.S. This acupuncture point (LI 4) pictured above on the hand between the thumb and pointer finger (in that juicy muscle that feels tender when you rub it) is used to help rid the body of a cold as well! This is a common point being used in the clinic this fall! Come see me if you need some cold care or try rubbing this point at home to speed up your healing process if you are feeling under the weather
(Recipe credit to University Hospitals and Julia Proctor L.Ac)
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So, what is food therapy?
In Chinese medicine, food has been used for thousands of years as a way to heal the body. All foods have different properties, such as warming, cooling, bitter, pungent, sour, spicy, etc. You can use these properties to your advantage based on your own individual constitution and the time of year! For example, everyone should incorporate these foods into their diets this summer because they help cool the body: