Winter represents the most Yin aspect in Chinese medicine. Yin is the dark, cold, slow, inward energy. This is compared to the Yang of summer whose energy represents light, hot, quick, expansive qualities. The summer weather is warm, the days are longer and people are out being
active. In TCM we believe that the diet in winter should be adapted to
enriching yin and subduing yang.
It is natural during these cold and shortened winter days to have the urge to hibernate.
It is actually beneficial to your health to give into this urge and get enough sleep. Get at least seven
to eight hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep to maintain good health and a long life.
The pungent, bitter, and hot Wu Zhu Yu is a powerful herb in the
Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia. It is the small, reddish-brown fruit from
the Evodia tree, which is native to parts of China and Korea.
Traditionally, Wu Zhu Yu is used for its warming effects, its
pain-relieving effects, and its qi-lowering capability. It warms the
middle, disperses cold, and descends rebellious Stomach Qi.
Q:Can ginseng effectively prevent the common cold and flu?
Also, are there any hazards to taking ginseng for colds? Which variety is the best to use?
A: Although most people in the West think of ginseng as a
stimulant, in Eastern Europe ginseng is widely believed to improve overall immunity to illness.
A recent study looked at the potential immune-stimulating effects of Panax ginseng when taken by mouth. Four weeks into the study, all participants received influenza vaccine.
The results showed a significant decline in the frequency of colds and flus in the group
that took ginseng.
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