A Closer Look at Three of the Most Commonly Prescribed Chinese Herbal Formulas to Prevent & Fight off Cold’s and Flu’s.

By Alysia Anderson L.Ac, M.Ac.OM

As I mentioned in my last blog article: “Not Every Cold and Flu is the same”. There are different symptom patterns which require different treatment strategies.  In this article I will take a look at 3 of the most common Chinese Herbal Formulas for cold and flu patterns.  This should be used as a general guideline only.  As always it is best to consult with a qualified Acupuncturist/Herbalist to discuss the symptoms you are experiencing in order to identify the level of the pathogen, and the appropriate treatment strategy.

Gan Mao Ling Wan- Your basic cold and flu medicine cabinet essential. This formula can pretty much be used for any cold or flu symptoms.  Helpful at the first sign of cold/flu or after the cold and flu have become more severe.  Used for symptoms like sinus congestion, swollen lymph glands, cough, sore throat, body aches & stiffness of the upper back and neck, caused by wind-heat or wind cold patterns.

 -If sinus congestion severe-can be combined with Bi Yan Pian.

 -If there is accompanying nausea and diarrhea-can be combined with Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan.

 Yin Qiao San- This is the 5,000 year old formula that the makers of “Airborn” decided to include in their pellets. (Although I think “Airborn” is a good concept, the loaded sugar content that it contains does nothing but weaken the immune system.) Yin Qiao San, can be used especially during the first 24-36 hours of the flu to help “kick out” the pathogen, as well as, on airline flights, or packed schoolrooms as prevention from everyone else who is around you and sick.  Great for fever, sore throat, slight chills, nasal congestion, yellow mucous, cough.

Shuang Huang Lian Wan (Pian)- Especially helpful for razor blade like sore throat, fever, and cough caused by exogenous wind-heat pattern viral cold and flu.

Alysia Anderson,  L.Ac. M.Ac.OM

An Sen Acupuncture & Massage Clinic

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Portland Oregon 97214




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