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Unusual Cold Remedies from Asian Store

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Q. I'd like to share some cold remedies you may not know about. One can purchase ginger tea (ginger slices preserved in honey) in Asian food stores. It makes a wonderful tonic, much stronger than the tea I make with sliced ginger root.

They also sell honey citron tea. I used to teach English to families from South Korea in their homes. If I ever had a cough or a sniffle, the mothers would serve me honey citron tea. It is very soothing, though I doubt that anything other than time actually cures a cold.

A. Ginger is a time-tested home remedy for colds, coughs and congestion. Thyme tea can also ease a cough. We offer recipes for both in our Guide to Colds, Coughs & the Flu.

We also discuss other approaches that can be helpful for such infections, including the Chinese herbs Andrographis paniculata and Astragalus membranaceus (Alternative Medicine Review, March, 2011; March, 2007). These herbs may help the immune system rally to fight off some types of infection.

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For me, elderberry extract has truly been the cure for the common cold. It prevents it altogether if started soon enough.

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