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Cure A Cold The Chinese Way

By Edited Jun 22, 2015 7 15

Nearly everybody has experienced  one of those persistent nagging colds that just wont go away and leave you in peace. You may have tried bombarding it with over the counter medicines and prescribed drugs from your Dr, but still, despite your repeated attempts to "not so politely" ask it to leave, your cold seems to have made itself very happy and at home in your body. You'd think that it would have taken the hint with the day you spent covered up in bed, but no...it feels like it might have moved in for good. There are a couple of very useful Chinese Cold Remedies that may just persuade him to pack his bags and take the hint. Today I will tell you about one of them... Boiled Ginger and Coca Cola.

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Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is very complicated, in-depth and often extremely efficient at curing many things. The remedy in this article is just a home remedy and nothing on the scale of  real Chinese Medicine, but it is commonly used with great effect here in China for curing a common but annoyingly persistent cold.

Confucius say " Coca Cola and Ginger chase your cold right away" ...

Ok as far as I know Confucius didn't sing the praises of this remedy, but he may have sung the praises of the original brown sugar and ginger version because this remedy is considered an ancient one, over 2000 years old I've heard. Obviously whilst we all feel like Coca Cola has been in our life forever, I think 2000 years ago may be stretching things, just a little.

Nowadays, here in China, this recipe in its Coca Cola form, is extremely popular. Even when you go to restaurants during winter, you can buy this as the drink to have with your meal. For days when the temperature is below zero, it can bring all the warmth back to your toes. In fact... it is absolutely delicious, and the fact that it just happens to also help relieve and chase away the symptoms of a cold, is just a super added bonus.

The Ginger and Cola recipe is so easy to make that anyone can do it, and it really is very effective at making you feel instantly better. Just have a look at the instructions below.

If however you are suffering less of a congested cold and more of a dry cough and sore throat, you may want to try a different  Chinese remedy consisting of pears and rock sugar.

The Recipe


  • 1 cup of Coca Cola
  • About 1 inch of thinly sliced ginger


Add the Coca Cola and the Ginger into a saucepan and very lightly boil to infuse the flavours. Do not boil on high or for too long or the Cola will caramalize in your pan.

Gently simmer for 8-10 min (This is debatable, everyone I know says something different but 8-10 minutes produces the flavour I like).

Pure Cold Chasing Delight

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Make sure that as you sit back and enjoy your drink, that you also inhale the vapours and delightful aroma of the ginger. It's wonderful for helping clear your sinuses and helps you to relax in a spicy infusion of syrupy delight.
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Mar 19, 2013 7:45pm
This sounds an ideal and enjoyable way to try and kick the colds butt. I love ginger so thats not a problem.
I had pneumonia and dread it ever coming back so when at the first sign of a sore throat I take 1 only cold and cold and flu cough capsule. It is the one that has the blue for days and red and white for night.
Neither my husband nor I have had a cold for three years now. Caution: never take it for any length of time, unless with guidance from your doctor. They always warn you now when you buy these. Another great article. Will try this with the onslaught of winter coming that's for sure.
Mar 19, 2013 9:43pm
Hi Eileen, Unfortunately cold and flu capsules are not an option for me. So when I get a cold I have to resort to natural remedies and good old paracetamol. I really find this ginger and coke remedy very effective. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment
Apr 19, 2013 12:22am
Thank you for sharing your knowledge about this alternative cold remedy! Coca-Cola and Ginger? I never would have thought that this combination would help cure a cold. The next time that I have a cold, I will definitely try it!
Apr 19, 2013 1:38am
hiya curiosity44, thanks for reading and commenting. Yep, it really works well and is even just a nice alternative drink to have on those really cold days. I've heard that some people optionally add a slice of lemon too, though I've not tried that.
Apr 19, 2013 4:24am
Nice and easy to follow tip. Next time I get a cold I will certainly give it a try. Thanks!
Apr 19, 2013 4:45am
Great, thanks EliasZanetti. I hope it can help when you need it to :-)
Apr 19, 2013 6:59am
Loved this article! It's so easy to get wrapped up in your own culture's norms and forget that other people have other ideas.
Apr 19, 2013 8:27am
Hey JestMe, Yep it's certainly very interesting finding all these simple little ideas that other cultures use and cool when you find they actually help! Thanks for dropping by :-)
Apr 19, 2013 3:49pm
Love this remedy - short n sweet. Congratz on the feature.
Apr 19, 2013 5:02pm
Thanks footloose...much appreciated :-)
Apr 21, 2013 1:19pm
I have never heard of this method before. Thanks for the tip.
Apr 22, 2013 6:11am
No worries Brodycog...thanks for taking the time to comment!
Apr 24, 2013 7:43pm
I'm going to go try this now...I feel like ugh
Apr 24, 2013 10:21pm
Great! tkstewart...I mean, not great that you're feeling ugh but great you can try this to help. I'm feeling like I started a cold yesterday but mine is dry...dry nose, dry mouth and throat, so I'm gonna turn to the other remedy I put up...pear and rock sugar. Good luck and thanks for the comment.
Jul 28, 2013 10:42pm
coca cola with ginger !!! nice recipe
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