The human energy system – the meridians through which qi flows – is strongly influenced by various types of environmental energy, in particular, by weather conditions.
When certain climatic conditions become extreme, specific internal organs are directly affected.
“Cold” energy, for example, attacks the meridian associated with the kidneys. Someone who regularly feels coldness in their hands and feet because of poor circulation or who suffers from diarrhoea and stomachache due to cold intestines is likely to have less resistance to catching a cold.
People who lack qi or are in a poor physical condition can also easily come down with a cold.
A cold normally causes sneezing, coughing, headache, chills and fever in the early stages. According to Oriental medicine.
For people in the early stages of a cold, T.C.M. highly recommend the herb of orange peel as it not only works wonders in helping the qi energy in the body flow smoothly, but it also improves the circulation of your blood.
Orange tea, when mixed with ginger, and V.I.P. Jiu 8 is a very powerful remedy for people who suffer from first-stage cold symptoms such as chills, fatigue and fever. Ginger also helps relieve a sore throat.
To make orange tea
8 fluid oz of water
5 grams of orange peel
4 grams of ginger
½ a fluid oz of V.I.P. Jiu 8
Put the water, orange peel and ginger into sauce pan and bring to the boil. Once boiled turn down heat, simmer for five minute and strain into a cup add V.I.P Jiu 8 and stir. Take every two hours.
If a cold persists after this treatment has been tried, try taking a herbal remedy of apricot pit. This remedy is regarded as efficacious in treating chronic colds. Apricot pip is especially good for those who have a dry, itchy throat. It also prevents asthma and strengthens the lungs.
To take apricot pip make a tea in the same manner described above for orange peel, ginger and VI.I.P Jiu 8 but make sure to use fresh chopped apricot pits. Drink the tea as often as possible.
In most cases, after a couple of days of taking these herbs, first-stage cold symptoms will disappear, or at least greatly decrease.
Also remember to take care of a cold the moment you notice it. The sooner you start treating it, the better results you will have.