7. China: Astragalus and Oils
A practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) might prescribea the herb astragalus by tincture, pill or even injection to boost your immune system and reduce cold symptoms. If you grew up in a Chinese household, you are probably familiar with pak fah yeow, which literally translates as “White Flower Oil.” It’s a brand of clear oil that is China’s version of Vick’s VapoRub. Composed of wintergreen, camphor, menthol, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint oils, it’s commonly rubbed on backs and chests to relieve chest congestion and cough and under noses to relieve stuffiness.