While I was on jury duty last week, one of the court assistants had a terrible cold. He said that he thought he had walking pneumonia. The all of the sudden, the next day he seemed fine. I asked him about it, and he told me that he went to a Chinese doctor in the neighborhood. Apparently, this doctor’s office is just behind the courthouse in Chinatown, and a lot of the employees down there in legal-town go to this doctor.
The court assistant said that the doctor gave him “something brown” – he didn’t know what it was, but he was almost completely better the next morning!
I was very intrigued, as I had just finally gotten over a bad cold that lingered for weeks. I got the doctor’s name from the assistant, for future reference.
Then, yesterday – my first day home from jury duty – I was channel surfing, and came across Julie Chen on CBS.
She was talking about a Chinese cold remedy. Her mother gave her this whenever she was not feeling well, and she swears by it.
DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT MY RECIPE. I HAVE NOT TRIED IT.
But I found it very interesting, especially right after my conversation with the court assistant, so I wanted to talk about it further.
Ms. Chen said to take a can’s worth of soda.
Add 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch – more if you can take the spice – of fresh ginger root. She said to “hammer” it up so (“pound it to get the juices going”).
Then take one or two scallion stalks (green onions).
Then heat this all up on medium heat (I guess, not too quickly since it’s carbonated) until it boils, and let it simmer for a little while.
She said, drink this for 2 days, and snap! She snapped her fingers, and with a hand motion, she waved that cold goodbye.
Now, I don’t know. But next time I get a cold, I’m going to try this and I will let you know the results.
I’m not too sure how ancient this is:
By the way, all of the pictures in today’s post I pulled off The Internets. When I got the ginger picture from a ginger site, I learned this:
Probably the most widely-known of the health benefits of ginger is it’s ability to relieve nausea. In addition to helping relieve the symptoms of nausea from a common stomach bug, or flu, ginger can be used to combat nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, pregnancy (morning sickness,) and post-surgery. Drinking Ginger ale for nausea is NOT just an “old wives’ tale” afterall!
1/3 teaspoon of powdered ginger or several slices of fresh ginger may help prevent a migraine from fully developing if taken at the onset of migraine symptoms. Results are still experimental, but why not give it a try? Researchers in Denmark attribute this benefit to ginger being able to block the effects of prostaglandins, which are substances that cause inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain, leading to migraines.
Studies of people with osteoarthritis have shown ginger to aid in inflammation and pain, without the side effects of many anti-inflammatory drugs. For arthritis: Ginger taken orally may help alleviate pain. Topical ginger oil can be rubbed into a painful joint or you may apply a warm compress of fresh ginger.
To brew your own ginger tea, either drop a few slices of fresh ginger in boiling water or steep 2 tablespoons of freshly shredded ginger in hot water. Let cool and drink.
Children under 2 years of age should NOT use ginger.
Let me know if this cold remedy works for you. P.S. – no one says it tastes good.