Endless cups of chai, coffee and cocoa. That’s what winter is to us. Winter brings happiness in various forms, its rings in the festive seasons, delicacies, cakes and all things amazing. We finally can get rid of the pesky summer problems, bye bye scorching summer heat and excessive sweating! But winter also brings the awfully dreaded flu. We get prone to diseases, there is a sharp rise in the respiratory infections, cold-cough etc. So lets us be armed with remedies to avoid the pesky cold and cough in the following months.
The most common Asian practices to fight the flu:
1. Ginger Juice
Ginger Juice is an anti- inflammatory product and it contains antioxidants which helps in many ways: It removes harmful impurities from our body, increases the flow of blood in our body, reduces all kinds of aches of our body, helps to cure Arthirits, active agent for digestion, slows down the growth of breast cancer cells.
Garlic is considered as a traditional medicine in in most parts of Asia. It is a Warm Herb in Chinese medicines, which is quite evident in historical texts. Here are some benefits of the stinky herb: It prevents human body from bacterial, viral infections, aid the spleen and helps in digestion, reduces blood pressure and eliminates toxins from the body.
3. Herbal Tea
Herbal Tea like Ginger tea or Green tea is very beneficial for our health. They contain a special anti-oxidant known as EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), which protects us from the viruses and bacterias. These kinds of tea contain polyphenols and flavonoids that helps to increase our immune system and increases the resistance power of our body.
The sweet golden liquid is rich with nutritional and medicinal values, a fact known in Asia since time immemorial. Honey consumption is safe for adults and children but not for infants below 12 months. Benefits of this gold liquid: It reduce seasonal allergy symptoms, improves immune system, relieves cough and sore throat, heals wounds and burns, can be used in treating upper respiratory tract infections and boosts memory.
5. Rice Congee
This is a Chinese dish also known as Jook. It is a soupy porridge made with rice and water, vegetables and other ingredients. In China it is a traditional breakfast. Rice Congee is beneficial for people in many ways: It helps to fight infectious diseases, strengthen the spleen, strengthen the digestive system and boost longevity.
6. Golden Milk
The easiest and effective way to fight cold and cough is is with warm with mixed with turmeric i.e. haldi powder. Turmeric has the potency to regularize the immune system and helps the body to fight with viruses and bacterias.
This Chinese herb has all the powerful properties of stimulating the immune system. It helps helps increase ones chi a.k.a prana shakti or energy levels. It can be taken for a long period of time in the form of tea or can be used as a beverage.
8. Medicinal mushrooms
Mushrooms have been used since a long time by Japanese and Chinese to cure various ailments. Though there is still a lot to be researched, several studies have have shown that Medicinal-mushroom can improve the immune system and helps to prevent us from various diseases. Chaga mushroom are known as the ‘Powerhouse of over 200 plus nutrients’. So even if you don’t like it, eat it for your well-being.
This herb could be taken with tea, as a beverage or can be made into herbal cocktail if mixed with andrographis. This too has properties to fight against viral and other bacterial infections. It is also available in the form of tablets.
This herb is considered appropriate for the treatment of viral and bacterial infections. It is not supposed to be taken for a long time. Recent scientific research has indicated that it has antimicrobial effects, it supports immune function and has some cancer-targeting actions.
11. Eucalyptus oil steam
Eucalyptus steam is antiviral, antibacterial and decongestant. This inhalation is one of the convenient home remedies for coughs. It helps to get relief from congestion and fights with viruses and bacteria.
12. Acupuncture’s role
Acupuncture assists in the improvement of immune system, which plays a significant role in fighting with the infectious viruses. If provided in the early stages of cold and flu, it works effectively. Acupuncturists aim at fixing imbalances to help restore your health.
So are you ready to make your winter happy and safe?