Yin Chiao for colds and flu

Posted By on March 28, 2009

A Far East Cold Remedy

honeysuckle flower

honeysuckle flower

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), based upon Taoist philosophy, consists of a range of traditional medical practices that developed over thousands of years in China. There is good reason why these traditional practices have survived so long – because they’ve worked for millions of people! Unlike Western allopathic medicine, TCM uses a comprehensive medical approach that consists of five main branches to support physical, mental and emotional well being. The five branches include; 1) Herbology, 2) Qi Gong 3) Massage 4) Feng Shui & I Ching and, 5) Acupuncture.

This holistic approach to health also takes into account both internal and external environments. Every cell (or organ) of the body is related to and affects every other cell (or organ) in the body, and is influenced by the external environment. The body exists as an integral part of the energy field in the universe called “Qi.” Qi circulates throughout meridians in the body (a network of channels). All of the five main branches of TCM are designed to facilitate the flow of Qi, keeping the body in optimal health and protecting it from harm.

Exogenous factors (from the external environment) can disturb the flow of Qi, including Wind, Heat, Cold, Damp, and Dryness. The external pathogens that most often cause cold symptoms include Wind combined with Cold or Heat, following the Five Elements Theory. The Common Cold usually has an initial onset categorized as Wind/Cold, but if the disharmony is allowed to settle in the body it can become Wind/Cold and Wind/Heat simultaneously. If this continues, it develops into Wind/Heat (the deepest stage of a cold). TCM herbal combinations are formulated to nourish and strengthen the body so that these external forces don’t get the opportunity to “settle” in the body.

Yin Chiao (also known as Yin Chiao Chieh Du Wan, Yin Chiao Jie Du Wan, Lonicera and Forcythia, and honeysuckle Forsythis) is one of the most renowned Chinese Herbal Formulas used for fighting colds. It is effective against “seasonal illness” such as the common cold brought on by the changing of the seasons. Yin Chiao is believed to dispel Wind, remove Heat, and relieve toxicity. Symptoms associated with cold or flu that Yin Chiao may relieve include fever, headache, runny nose and sneezing, cough, throat pain and even hay fever symptoms.

Yin Chiao is most effective during the earliest stages of illness. Often it is recommended to use within the first two days of onset of cold or flu symptoms. In Chinese Medicine, germs are thought to remain on the “surface” for a short time after entering the body and the immune response needs to be activated in this initial period in order to be effective.

Yin Chiao combinations all have the following herbs in common, which perform specific duties according to the Five Elements Theory of TCM:

Honeysuckle (Lonicera flos) & Forsythia (Lian Qiao) ~ Clears Heat, Expels External Wind/Heat, Cleans Toxins.
Fermented Soy Bean ~ Releases Exterior, Clears Cold & Hot Exterior Conditions
Schizonepeta (Jing Jie) ~ Releases Exterior, Expels Wind/Cold & Wind/Heat
Balloon Flower (Jie Geng) ~ Transforms Cold Phlegm, Circulates Lung Qi, Benefits the Throat
Chinese Licorice Root ~ Detoxifies Fire Poisons, Benefits the Qi, Tonifies the Spleen, Moderates and Harmonizes other Herbs

~Other herbs commonly found in Yin Chiao formulas include Peppermint, Burdock, Crested Grass, Arctium fruit, and Bamboo leaf.

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have medical problems seek a professional.

Works Cited
1.Compassionate Dragon Healing. 2007. Traditional Chinese Medicine. http://www.compassionatedrago.com/tcm.html Accessed 1/20/07.
2.Yin Chiao Chieh Tu Pian: Ingredients. http://www.yinchiao.com/yinchiao.htm Accessed 1/20/07.

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