Dr. Mao discusses the healthy foods that can help relieve a sore throat.
Let's talk about sore throat. Sore throat comes in all varieties. Most commonly you get a cold, you suffer from a flu, you are coughing away, your throat is sore. So there might be an infection, there might irritation, could be laryngitis from talking too much, for example, like what I am doing right now, but it’s necessary for me to get this information to you, so it’s okay for me to have sore throat because I have the cure for this.
All right, let's talk about what you can do to help yourself. I have got three items here, we’ve got carrots, we’ve got green onions or scallions, and we’ve got, what is this, cilantro. Ah cilantro, the stuff that you find in salsa, yes, fabulous. Well, let's start with cilantro, one of my favorite vegetables. This has potent antibacterial properties, and not only that it, also has anti-parasite properties. So this is a fabulous thing to do.
Now you can just make a tea out of this. What I like to do is like to make a tea out of cilantro and scallions, which is an herb, really, but it’s also something you cook with, but some Chinese herb that we use to help with colds and flus and carrots. Well carrots, now don’t forget, I mean somebody cut the tops off, but the carrot greens are filled with fabulous nutrients and fiber, nutrients that are very useful.
Now carrots, beta-carotene, lots of other nutrients, they are very good for your immune system. So really, make a tea from cilantro, scallions, and put a tablespoon of honey in there and slowly sip it. It will help relieve your sore throat instantly. And carrot as in carrot juice, carrot juice is also very soothing and because of the potent nutrients, it will help you get over whatever problems that you’re suffering from, whether it’s a cold or irritated vocal box.
So in summary, what I’d like to offer you is this, is that at the first sign of sore throat, from a cold or flu, get out there to the market, pick up some of these vegetables, and help yourself get well because the power is within you.
About Maoshing Ni Ph.D., D.O.M., L.Ac., A.B.A.A.H.P.:
Dr. Mao, as he prefers to be called, is a 38th generation doctor of Chinese medicine, a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology, and a Diplomat in Anti-Aging.
For over 20 years, Dr. Mao has been in general practice at Los Angeles, California’s Tao of Wellness, an acclaimed center for nutrition, Chinese medicine, and acupuncture, with special interest in immune, hormonal, and aging-related conditions. He is also the founder and Chancellor of the Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles that is considered the premiere school for Chinese medicine outside of China.