Chinese Home Remedies

Article by Pamela-anne Kinney

It is the belief of the Chinese that your qi (chi), if unbalanced, can cause many problems, such as making your natural flow of things become out of sorts, which in turn can lead to more serious ailments such as disease and possibly life threatening conditions.  Traditional Chinese Medicine was formed around this basis.  Ways to approach getting your qi (chi) rebalanced are to perhaps try herbal remedies, healing foods, acupuncture or perhaps acupressure.  It is always a good idea to visit a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner to get a medical assessment.  But there are many home remedies that you can do from home for common ailments without seeing a doctor first.  The wonderful thing about trying a home remedy is that it is 100% natural.  This certainly sounds much better than taking synthetic drugs with their awful side effects.  Chinese home remedies are something that the Chinese have kept in their families for over 3000 years.  Below are a couple of Chinese Home Remedies for common ailments.


The herb skullcap has been used in Chinese medicine for many different ailments, such as a treatment for cancer, allergies, tension, and PMS.  It is made into tea for treating anxiety, PMS, and Tensions.

  1. First Boil 1 cup of water
  2. Pour water over dried leaves 5-10 grams
  3. Let it stand for about 15 minutes- drink 2-3 cups per day

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Cold or Flu with Fever:

This is not a cure but it will help you to get through your ailment in a more comfortable fashion.

  1.  Mix 1 ounce dried elder flowers, 1 ounce dried peppermint leaves, honey, 1 cup distilled water.
  2. Boil water, then pour over herbs.  Let stand for 10 minutes (do not boil them).
  3. Strain into another container.   Add honey to sweeten.

This will reduce high fevers. 

Elder Blossom

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Tooth Ache:

Cloves have been used in Chinese medicine as a remedy for toothaches for a long time.  Eugenol is found in cloves, which has a numbing effect, as well as works as an antiseptic. Clove oil put into the tooth cavity – a few drops will ease the discomfort of the toothache. It will cause the nerve endings to numb, thus getting rid of the pain; another option is to chew clove leaves.


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I hope some of these home remedies will come in useful to you and your loved ones.  They have been around for thousands of years helping countless people with the aches and pains of daily life.  I am sure they will be around for many years to come, to help people like ourselves who are looking for natural remedies to help us deal with our personal aches and pains.

Pamela-anne Kinney was born in Dumbarton Scotland in 1964 and immigrated to Canada at age 3. Writing has been her passion since childhood.  She was blessed to find a career later in life that she could work around her disability -Epilepsy. She graduated from a Freelance writing course in 2011. Pamela-Anne enjoys writing articles in the genres of Health and Wellness, Home Remedies, Gardening, Cultural, and Travel. She is presently working as a Freelance writer from her home office in Elmira, Ontario Canada.


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