Recipes for flu (cold-type)

At the bottom of this page, you will find a few recipes that are easily prepared to help you relieve flu (cold-type) symptoms. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), there are a few types of flu and the most common types are the cold and heat types.

It is important to learn how to differentiate between heat or cold flu types so you won’t be eating the wrong foods that worsen your flu recovery.

How to know if you are having cold-type flu

The following information is meant for general reference. If you want to be 100% certain what flu types (heat/cold) you are having, I would recommend you to consult a TCM physician.

There are mainly three symptoms (to determine if it is a cold-type flu) to look out for if you are having flu:

  1. Afraid of cold – You will feel your body has a chilling effect and tend to wear more clothes. You also prefer drinking warm water as compared to cold water.
  2. Pain – You experience pain in your head or different parts of your body especially the neck, shoulder, or back.
  3. No sweat – You find that you have no sweat or it is more difficult for you to sweat.

Note: A lot of times, you will feel better after you sweat it out. Hence, effective TCM herbs for treating cold-type flu will help you to sweat and get rid of the cold virus.

Sidenote: If you are having flu but the symptoms are different from what is listed above, then you may want to read the recipe for heat-type flu here.

General food therapy guidelines for flu

Do note that the following general guidelines apply to all types of flu.

  1. When you start experiencing flu symptoms, begin to eat plainly (porridge, soup noodles, etc). Avoid eating foods that are oily (deep fried), raw, and tonic (ginseng, cordyceps, etc).
  2. Drink more water, it helps get rid of the virus in your body.
  3. Eat more vegetables and fruits. They contain vitamins and minerals that your body needs for recovery.
  4. Avoid drinking wine and strong tea.

Important Note: Please do not just rely on food therapy for treatment! Please consult a TCM physician for proper treatment. The recipes below are meant as booster or reinforcement to help your body recover faster.

Food recipes for cold-type flu

Brown Sugar Ginger Drink
Brown sugar ginger drink is good for treating flu (cold-type) as it helps to dispel the cold in our bodies.
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onion stalk porridge
Fistular Onion Stalk Porridge
This porridge is effective against people who is having flu (cold-type). It can help to dissipate the cold virus inside the body through sweating.
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