Herbal Medicine Suggestions – Anti-Virus Wellness & Support

To support the needs and health of our community and beyond, the following are suggestions and resources to aid in balancing your system and supporting your health.

Herbal Medicine to Increase Wei/Defensive Qi & Immunity

More and more evidence-based papers continue to be published demonstrating the importance and effectiveness of Chinese herbs in both strengthening body immunity and assisting in recovery.

In addition to Dr. Sun’s qigong exercise recommendations, the following are IQ&IM’s Chinese herbal & dietary suggestions to support our body’s strengths and vitality in efforts to keep us healthy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Dietary Suggestions

In Seattle’s cold and damp weather, it is important to add warm and pungent foods and spices to our diet.  These types of foods help to expel cold and dampness.
  Examples: Fresh ginger, garlic, green onion, onion, fennel, and cinnamon.

For Strengthening the Lungs:  Honey, pears, almonds, almond milk, walnuts, and chrysanthemum and mint teas.

To Support Digestion to Keep the Body Strong:   Fresh ginger, Jujube/Chinese dates, yams, and warm cooked vegetables and soup.

Especially suitable in Early Spring with its cold damp weather, the following is a recipe for a popular and tasty herbal soup from Taiwan.

  • Four Deputy Soup: For strengthening the digestive system and transforming dampness.
    • Ingredients: Lian Zi (Lotus seeds), Yi Yi Ren (Coix Seeds), Qian Shi (Semen Euryales), Fu Ling (Poria), Shan Yao (Chinese Yam), Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
    • To prepare:
      • Pre-soak the herbs for 1 hour or overnight.
      • Put the herbs, bone or vegetable broth, vegetables and meat or tofu of your choice in a pot and cook for 1 to 3 hours.
      • Add salt and a little cooking wine at the end.
      • Suggested combinations: Homemade chicken broth and king oyster mushrooms. Cabbage and frozen tofu. For a Traditional Taiwanese Soup: Add pork intestine/stomach.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Herbal Suggestions

IQ&IM will have more specific Chinese herbal teas, formulas and a tincture available to support the lung, lymphatic and kidney systems.  These will be available at the IQ&IM Center in Bothell when visiting for private sessions, Community Qigong and Community Acupuncture.  If you would like to purchase these herbal combinations and will not be visiting the Center in person, please contact us at Wellness@IQIM.org or (206) 225-9601.

The Chinese herbs mentioned on this page are currently on order and will be available shortly through IQ&IM.

To Support the Lungs and Boost the Wei or Defensive Qi

  • Yu Ping Feng San or Jade Windscreen:  Especially suitable for people who easily catch a cold, are easily tired, tend to have shortness of breath, an aversion to cold, and/or spontaneous sweating.
    • To Prepare: Huang Qi (Astragalus) 10g, Bai Zhu 12g, Fang Feng 3g, 1 piece of Da Zao and 3 pieces of fresh ginger.
      • Pre-soak the herbs in 3 to 5 cups of water for 15 to 20 minutes.
      • Simmer for 20-30 minutes, strain to remove the herbs and drink the tea.
      • These herbs can be used twice to prepare additional tea before using fresh herbs for your next cup of tea. 

To Support the Lymphatic System

  • Reishi Mushroom or Ling Zhi Tea:  Boosts the immune system, increases energy and improves heart health. Has anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.
    • To Prepare:
      • Add 4-6 pieces of Reishi to 5 to 6 cups of water.
      • Bring the water to a boil and simmer for 1 to 2 hours.
      • Astragalus, goji berries and/or jujubes can be added during the last 30 minutes of simmering.
      • If desired, honey can be added.
  • Jiao Gu Lan Tea:  Enhances immunity, is high in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Good for calming the mind, improving sleep quality, boosting Qi and supporting the cardiovascular system.
    • To Prepare:
      • Soup or congee:  Add 2-3 tablespoons to soup or rice congee.
      • Tea:  Steep 5g or 1 tablespoon of Jiao Gu Lan in one cup of warm water for 3 to 5 minutes. Feel free to adjust the quantity to suit your personal taste.
  • Ling Zhi (Reishi) and Jiao Gu Lan Tea
    • To Prepare:
      • Add 3 to 6 pieces of Reishi to 5 to 6 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer for 1 to 2 hours.
      • Add 1 tablespoon of Jiao Gu Lang during the last 30 minutes of simmering.

To Support the Kidneys

  • Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Berry):  Supports the liver, kidney & lungs. Stops coughs, alleviates wheezing and augments kidney essence.
    • To Prepare:
      • Soup:  Cook 5g or 1 tablespoon in soup with chicken, pork or other meat/vegetables of your choice.
      • Tea:  Add 5g or 1 tablespoon of Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Berry) and a handful of Goji berries to warm water. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Honey and/or jujube dates can be added to the tea to suit your personal preference.
  • Du Zhong (Eucommia Bark):  Supports the kidney and liver, strengthens bones & tendons, regulates blood pressure and cholesterol, has anti-cancer properties, enhances immunity and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and improves sleep quality and constipation.
    • To Prepare:
      • Tea:  Add 5 to 10g or 2 to 4 pieces to 2 to 3 cups of water. Bring water to a boil and simmer for 10-20 minutes. Or steep in the water for 10-15 minutes. Chrysanthemum, reishi mushrooms, goji berries, jujube dates and/or honey can be added to your tea.
      • Bone Broth:  Use 5 to 10g or 2 to 4 pieces. Cook with chicken, lamb or beef, pork ribs or any meat of your choice.
      • Tea: Grind 3g into powder and dissolve into green tea. Can take twice daily.
  • Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Berry), Du Zhong (Eucommia Bark) and Walnut Tea:
    • To Prepare:

      • Add 1 tablespoon of Wu Wei Zi, 2 to 4 pieces of Du Zhong and a handful of walnuts to 3 to 5 cups of water.
      • Bring water to a boil and simmer for 10-20 minutes.

To Support all Three Internal Organ Systems | Lungs, Lymphatic and Kidney Systems:

  • Loose Herbs: Huang Qi, Bai Zhu, Fang Feng, Ling Zhi, Jiao Gu Lan, Wu Wei Zi, Fu Ling and Da Zao.
    These herbs will be pre-packaged and made available through IQ&IM.
  • Tincture:  In addition to the above herbs, a tincture that supports multiple system and our body immunity will also be available.

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The information contained on this page is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The information is provided for educational purposes only and to support your overall well-being.