Are you coming down with a Cold or the Flu? Chinese Herbs can help.

According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "The annual direct costs, such as hospital and doctor’s office visits, medications, of influenza (flu) in the United States are an estimated $4.6 billion. The flu causes U.S. employees to miss approximately 17 million workdays due to flu, at an estimated $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity."

According to my Chinese Herbalism teachers "Chinese Herbs are MAGIC for colds and flus!" (and the testimonies listed below wholeheartedly agree). AND a two week supply (which is probably more than you'll need all winter) will only set you back about $10, which could help to significantly reduce the billions of dollars lost to colds and the flu each year in the US.

Chinese Medicine is an ancient, natural, balancing system of healing that has been dealing with colds and influenza for literally thousands of years. In Chinese Medicine terms, most cases of colds and the flu are something called External Wind Heat.

(1) At the first signs of a cold or the flu (cough, headache, fever, sore throat) the formula Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan can be used to force External Wind Heat out of the body. (2) If the situation has progressed further or lasted more than a few days, the formula Zhong Gan Qing Pian can be used.

Here are some reviews of Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan (Cold Signoff™) ((1) which you use at the first signs of a cold or the flu) from ActiveHerb.com:

"Great results. Woke up yesterday morning with a sore throat and other classic symptoms of a wind-heat attack (Chills and fever, runny nose, headache, etc.). Fought it off successfully using a combination your Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian and Chuan Xin Lian Kang Yan Pian. Very satisfied. Took 4 5-tablet doses of each of these formulas yesterday. Symptoms remained very muted; they began to taper off in late afternoon and are gone this morning. Can recommend this combination as one of the most effective cold remedies I've ever used."

"Wow! Astonishing... woke up with a sore throat and completely healthy by the end of the day after taking 3 doses of Cold Clear. This will be a new staple in my house (to replace vitamin C and zinc for colds). I have bought Chinese herbs directly from my acupuncturist and they cost 3x as much as these cheap pills online!"

"My Go-To Remedy. I take this product at the very first sign a cold may be coming on. It works every time! I can't remember the last time I had a bad cold. I am around children every day, so I'm exposed to lots of germs. I used to get a few bad colds every year. Now Cold Sign-Off makes my life healthier."

"Can't Live Without It. My chiropractor introduced this product to me as my immune system was always very sluggish and I would get a lot of cold in the winter. I Love This Product. If I feel a bit under the weather, I will take a 10 pill dose and within hours I feel better. I'll repeat this a couple of days and nothing developes. Otherwise, during the winter months, I will take 5 pills 3 times a day. I have also been giving them to my small grandchildren over the years and it ALWAYS keeps them healthy."

"Best cold prevention pills ever! Would recommend this to anyone catching a cold. Have this in your medicine cabinet and you will cut the frequency of your colds or flu. Take at first signs or if around sickies and you won't get sick."

"Use this at the first sign of cold and it stops it dead; if the cold or flu is aggressive, using it four times a day for about two days does the trick...Great Product!"

"As usual the potency is excellent! I bought this for my kids to use during the cold and flu season and it works. I wanted something all natural and quick because we are a working household that cannot afford sick days. I'm very happy that I bought this product and so are my kids, they don't like being sick either."

"Total cold release. I have had pretty good luck with other Chinese herbs for colds, but Sign Off doesn't fool around at all. At my first symptoms, and I take it, I am my own healthy self right away again. I have bought this product for my family members besides myself."

"Stops a cold in its tracks! A friend recommended this. She said to take it when you feel a cold coming on. It zapped my symptoms in half and let me go about my business."

"My chiropractor introduced me to your product a couple of years ago. I typically have a weakened immune system and catch every cold that makes it way around. I would stay very sick for up to 2 weeks. Since using cold signoff, I very rarely ever get sick. I have recommended it to all my friends. I am so fortunate to have found your wonderful product. I no longer feel like I need to stay out of public areas, nor am I afraid of getting sick. Thank you!"

Here are a few reviews of Zhong Gan Qing Pian (Coldclear™) ((2) which you use if the situation has progressed further or lasted more than a few days) from ActiveHerb.com:

"Magical! I bought Coldclear for a friend of mine who had flu like symptoms so severe that I was really worried. Her doctor said it was not the flu and prescribed the ubiquitous antibiotics which she turned down. Then, her husband started getting the telltale signs of a forthcoming cold . They bought took Coldclear and after a couple of days, his symptoms had all cleared up, and she was feeling so much better they went out to eat one evening. It still took a good week for her to fully recover. They said it was magical and would make sure to always have some on hand and would recommend the product."

"With prayer to Jesus and taking Cold Clear, I've been able to put out any colds or flus that have begun to take hold! It's amazing, since it actually works."

"Always keep it in stock at our house. We always stock up on Signoff as the first line of defense and ColdClear for when the cold is inevitable. Highly recommend both herbs."

"Always keep on hand. We started using this last fall when I had a reaction to some antibiotics. My illness cleared up and when the rest of my family got sick over the cold and flu season, they used this to help and it sure did!! If cold signoff is too late to the party, give this coldclear a try!"

"It really helps! There was often a flu or throat pain in the last weeks, but coldclear always made it disappear."

"Great item! I have used this for the last 3 years. It significantly shortens the length of a cold. I have taken it when I feel It coming on and it gets rid of it. The best feature is that it doesn’t dry you out like over the counter meds do. I have shared this with friends and they have purchased some as well."

"Great success using at first signs of cold. I've been using this formula for last few years with great success. I have asthma and when I am exposed to cold or flu virus I always come down with a bad case and need medications. If I start this formula at first signs I often can bypass or minimize a cold. Wouldn't be without it."

"It works! I have asthma, so getting a viral respiratory infection can be serious. This formula not only helps clear a virus, but also reduces lung inflammation. I keep it in hand for winter viruses."

Other wintertime ailments and imbalances can also be properly treated using other Chinese Herbs with the help of a Chinese Herbalist.