Gui Zhi or Cinnamon carries the additional benefits of having both antiviral and antibiotic effects, and can also increase circulation and provide analgesic action. Great for the aches that can come with a flu! Gui Zhi is revered for its ability to assist the yang of the body, which gives it versatile use in a many of our formulas. It is the chief herb in the common cold (and more) formula Gui Zhi Tang (“Cinnamon decoction”)
Sheng Jiang or Ginger has long been consumed as a preventative for seasonal illness, and is one of the most well known remedy herbs in the world. It has antibiotic action, and is probably the most famous herb for its ability to calm the stomach, reduce nausea or vomiting, and assist digestion. Ginger is found in too many Chinese herbal formulas to mention!
Peppermint and Chrysanthemum (Bo He and Jue Hua) differ from Ginger and Cinnamon in that they have a cooling action, which gives them excellent ability to sooth redness, irritation, and itchiness that can come as symptoms. Peppermint is very dispersing and has great ability to clear the head, nose, eyes, and relieve headache. Chrysanthemum is most famous for its ability to sooth issues concerning the eyes, and also has antibiotic properties. Both of these herbs are readily available as loose or packaged teas, and they taste great!
It is extremely important to note that you must consult with a qualified professional before taking any herbal remedy, even before increasing a culinary herb to a medicinal dose. This is especially important in certain medical conditions and in pregnancy. Just like conventional drugs, all herbs have the potential to be incompatible with certain medical conditions or prescription medications.
Dr.TCM, R.Ac., B.Sc.
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