Navigating Cold and Flu Season: Insights from a Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Navigating Cold and Flu Season: Insights from a Chinese Medicine Practitioner

As the chill sets in, so do the sniffles and sneezes that accompany cold and flu seasonBut fear not! As a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), I’m here to share some strategies for combating these seasonal woes. Let’s delve into the principles of TCM and discover effective remedies, including prepared teas, to alleviate your symptoms.


Understanding Wind Heat and Wind Cold: Alright, so picture this: your body is like a fortress, and sometimes, unwanted guests try to sneak in; (In Chinese Medicine we call them external pathogens). When it comes to cold and flu, two common troublemakers are wind heat and wind cold.


Wind Heat Think of wind heat as the fiery invader. It brings along symptoms like a fever, sore throat, and an overall sensation of heat within the body. You might find yourself sweating profusely and feeling generally uncomfortable


Wind Cold ❄️ Now, wind cold is a sneaky little chill. It brings on the shivers, body aches, and nose more stuffed than a chicken at Coles. You’re reaching for blankets and hot tea, desperately trying to warm up from the inside out.


Introducting our Cold Preventing tea

In line with TCM principles, we are excited to introduce our specially formulated Cold-Preventing Tea. This herbal blend combines traditional Chinese herbs renowned for their immune-boosting aimed to strengthen the body’s defences against external pathogens. By incorporating this tea into your daily routine, you can fortify your immune system and reduce the risk of colds and flu.


At home remedies

Now, let’s talk about how to combat these invaders with natural remedies:


1. Herbal tea 

For Wind Heat: Tea with cooling herbs such as chrysanthemum and mint to lower your body temperature and ease discomfort.

For Wind Cold: Opt for warming ingredients containing ginger and cinnamon to promote circulation and dispel cold from your system with the tea.

2. Gargling with Salt Water

To soothe a sore throat associated with wind heat, gargle with warm salt water. This simple remedy helps reduce inflammation and kill bacteria in the throat.

3. Steam Inhalation or Herbal steam 

Combat nasal congestion caused by wind cold by inhaling steam infused with essential oils like eucalyptus or peppermint. This practice helps clear your sinuses and relieve discomfort. At the clinic we also stock a herbal steam pack containing auromatic herbs that help open sinus and clear congestion.

4. Dietary Adjustments

For Wind Heat: Incorporate cooling foods like cucumber and watermelon into your diet to help reduce internal heat.

For Wind Cold: Embrace warming foods such as ginger and garlic to combat coldness and promote warmth from within.


Let’s keep it friendly and cozy, shall we? TCM offers a treasure trove of tips and tricks to help you tackle colds and flu with a smile. Whether it’s wind-heat or wind-cold, there’s a remedy just waiting to lend a hand. So brew up some tea, whip up a soup, and let’s embrace the season together—warm, healthy, and happy!


About the Author

Dr Tim Koo

Dr. Tim Koo (TCM) is an Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist at Balanced Life Health Care. He has a specal interest in treating male factor fertility and men’s health. To find out more about Dr Tim visit his page HERE 

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