Herbal Rescue - Fever Fighter
, by Sheldon Yang, 3 min reading time
, by Sheldon Yang, 3 min reading time
Herbal Rescue: Fever Fighter / 蓮花清瘟茶 Cooling & detoxifyingFever Fighter is a wise herbal blend that chases cold and flu symptoms, while building a natural defense against infection. It's formulated to detoxify the body, kill germs, and reduce fever.
蓮花清瘟茶 (Stop Plague Lotus Tea)
cooling and detoxifying
Fever Fighter formula detoxifies the body, kills germs and reduces fever. It can be used for cold and flu prevention and treatment, for sore throat and fever. We may feel weak and disoriented while our body is fighting off a cold. Fever Fighter is a wise herbal blend that chases cold and flu symptoms such as headache, body aches and fever while building a natural defense against infection. Traditional antibacterial, antiviral herbs, including honeysuckle flower (lonicera japanica) and isatis root, are combined with digestive peppermint and laxative rhubarb and apricot kernel in order to rid the body of acid wastes that result when germs die
The energy dynamic of this type of herbal combination is to attack a cold or flu where it is most damaging. During the early stages a cold is felt mostly in the throat and head. Bitter, cooling herbs such as honeysuckle flower, forsythia bark and rhubarb move inflammation through the gut and help prevent the illness from penetrating the lungs. Digestive mint is added in order to prevent nausea and weakness from detoxifying laxative herbs. Fragrant anise hyssop increases sweating to help reduce fever.
Forsythia fruit, honeysuckle flower, apricot kernel, processed gypsum, isatis root, shield fern (dryopteris dilatata), houttuynia cordata, agastache foeniculum (anise hyssop), rhubarb, rhodiola rosea, peppermint leaf, licorice root.
Forsythia, honeysuckle flower, gypsum crystal (selenite), isatis root are traditionally used in China for epidemic disease. Honeysuckle (jin yin hua), a broad-spectrum antimicrobial herb that was widely used throughout the Chinese speaking world during the SARS epidemic, is also detoxifying and used to treat acne and abscess because it reduces impurities. Isatis (in Chinese ban lan gen) is a form of indigo that was used in the early southern states in America to treat yellow fever.
Houttuynia cordata is a medicinal and edible herb with an aromatic smell that has long been used in Asia to treat pneumonia, hypertension, constipation, and hyperglycemia via detoxification, reduction of heat and diuretic action.
Agastache forniculu, a spicy garden herb also known as anise hyssop and hummingbird mint, has long been used as a cold remedy tea to reduce congestion. Clinical research has shown that the essential oil of anise hyssop is antiviral toward herpes simplex I and II. It is sometimes combined with other herbs and acts as a cardio-tonic used to strengthen a weak heart. It reduces fever by increasing sweating. Agastache is often combined with licorice root for respiratory infections and bronchitis. The aromatic herb tea made from agastache is used to prevent gas, bloating when sipped with meals. The crushed leaves smell like licorice and open up the airways to improve breathing.
Rhodiola (hong jing tien) has been researched and recommended in the West as a valuable herb useful for depression. In China it is considered a heart tonic said to improve energy, circulation and memory. It is added in this formula to help prevent fatigue and weakness.
People who are unfamiliar with Chinese herbs may find their smell to be strong and taste at times bitter. We suggest that you become acquainted with them gradually. Empty the package of herbs into – quarts of water and simmer them for 30 minutes. A non-metal pot works best. If you have it use a ceramic coated or glass pot. The same herbs may be used again, the second cooking can be as long as 1 hour. Inhale the steam to help clear sinus congestion and head and throat discomforts. Allow the mixture to cool until it is comfortably warm. For fever, drink a small tea cup every two hours or as needed. If necessary you might add a little fresh lemon juice or raw honey to improve the flavor. Cold/flu teas and herbs are best used between meals so that they do not interfere with digestion.
If diarrhea occurs after using detoxifying herbs, reduce the dosage. If weakness occurs after several day’s use, baring allergy, you might use a tonic herb such as reishi mushroom. Please see Fatigue Fighter in this selection of Herbal Rescue teas.
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