Chinese Medicine has a rich history dating back thousands of years, and it offers a treasure trove of herbal remedies designed to promote health and balance within the body. Cold Relief Blend, a modification of Gui Zhi Tang, is a formula that has been used for centuries to address a variety of health issues.
A Brief Overview of Gui Zhi Tang
Gui Zhi Tang is commonly prescribed for conditions such as the common cold, flu, and other respiratory infections, particularly when the patient presents with an aversion to cold, absence of sweating, and muscle stiffness. It is also used for conditions associated with menstrual irregularities and gynecological issues, where there is painful menstrual cramps or a sensation of cold in the uterus.
4 benefits of Cold Relief Blend Tea:
1. Dispel Cold/Flu Symptoms
Ingredients: Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig)
Actions: Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig) has a warming nature and is specifically included in the formula to address chills, body aches, and an aversion to cold associated with cold and flu conditions.
2. Pain Relief
Actions: Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig) has a warming nature and helps to promote circulation, dispel cold, and alleviate muscle stiffness and joint pain. Bai Shao (White Peony Root) has the function of nourishing the blood and can help in cases where muscle tension and pain are related to blood deficiency. Zhi Gan Cao (Honey-Fried Licorice Root) can help alleviate muscle spasms or cramps that may be causing pain.
3. Emotional Balance
Actions: Bai Shao has a calming and nourishing effect on the liver meridian. It helps soothe emotional tension, irritability, and mood swings. Da Zao (Jujube) adds sweetness to the formula and has a calming effect. It can help alleviate restlessness and irritability, contributing to emotional balance. Zhi Gan Cao (Honey-Fried Licorice Root) promotes overall well-being.
4. Improved Digestive Health
Actions: Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) has a warming nature and helps to strengthen the digestive system, alleviate nausea, and promote better digestion. Ginger is well-known for its ability to ease digestive discomfort. Da Zao (Jujube) adds sweetness to the formula and aids digestion. It can help in cases of digestive weakness or when there is an imbalance in the digestive system. Zhi Gan Cao (Honey-Fried Licorice Root) is primarily used to harmonize the formula and moderate its properties, it also supports digestive health to some extent by tonifying the spleen, which is an important aspect of digestive function in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Recipe for Cold Relief Blend Tea:
9g Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig)
9g Bai Shao (White Peony Root)
6g Zhi Gan Cao (Licorice Root)
12g Da Zao (Jujube fruit)
3 slices Fresh Ginger (Sheng Jiang)**
Directions For Tea:
Combine Cold Relief Blend contents, 3 slices of fresh ginger, and 10 cups water in a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, strain out, and set aside herbs. Place the herbs into a container to keep in the refrigerator for reuse.
Drink 6 oz, 2-3 times per day or more as needed.
The following week, reuse the herbs to repeat steps 1 through 3.
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The combination of these ingredients in Cold Relief Belnd aim to address the invasion of cold pathogens, promote sweating to expel the pathogen, and restore balance within the body. This formula is particularly useful when there are symptoms such as an aversion to cold, body aches, stiffness, and a chills.
It's important to note that Cold Relief Blend is not specifically formulated to target flu or viral infections but is more commonly used for addressing cold-type illnesses. For flu symptoms, especially those caused by viral infections, other TCM formulas or treatments may be more appropriate. As always, it's essential to consult with a qualified TCM practitioner for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan for your specific condition.
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