Recipe: Herb Tea for Preventing Colds

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From the Vitality Food Feature  HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!


In preparation for the change of seasons, TCM practitioner Yuxiang Wang suggests this herbal tea for those who are prone to catching colds and chills, sneezing, and stuffy nose. For best results, take this tea for 3 to 7 days.  (Makes 1 serving)


  • 30 grams Perilla leaf
  • 5 slices fresh ginger root
  • coconut sugar to taste (optional)

1) Place ingredients in a pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.

2) Reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.

3) Strain out herbs.

4) Drink warm.

Yuxiang Wang graduated from the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a Bachelor’s degree in TCM in 1983. In 1986, she took her Masters Degree in Gynecology of TCM. She has been practicing and teaching Chinese medicine for several decades. In recent years, she has maintained a private practice in Toronto and teaches TCM for several Chinese medicine programs. Her clinic, Radiance Chinese Medicine and Wellness Centre (formerly the Canadian Gynecology Institute of Chinese Medicine), is dedicated to providing continuing education and treatment for women’s health issues. Check for upcoming workshops. For more information and appointments call (416) 644-1937, or (416) 354-2045 (clinic at 2951 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Etobicoke). Her book Handbook of Pediatric Chinese Dietary Therapy is published by PublishAmerica

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