Natural Chinese Remedies

Chinese people are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to natural home remedies for curing illnesses. Whatever it is that may be wrong with you, it always seems that you could ask just about any Chinese person for an answer and they will be able to tell you how to solve the problem... right from within your own kitchen. These cures are often very simple home recipes that have little preparation and few ingredients. They are so easy to prepare that even a domestically challenged person such as myself can manage to whip them up in no time at all.

 The problem that we are addressing in this article is a nagging dry cough and dry sore throat. Often associated with warmer months, these coughs can be persistent and hard to get rid of.

Traditional Chinese Medicine breaks coughs up into 4 different categories "Dry, Wet, Hot and Cold".  This recipe is very effective at curing a persistent dry/hot based cough and getting rid of the often accompanying yellow phlegm.

Lets Look At The Ingredients

Some Information About Rock Sugar and Pears

Rock Sugar - also know as "Rock Candy" is essentially a super saturated mixture of sugar and water which when heated, causes it to lose it's liquid form and crystalize once it attatches to a suitable surface, such as a stick or piece of string. It is eaten as candy and used for cooking in many countries around the world . In China they think it has more value than just for enjoying as a tasty treat. It is commonly used within many different "Traditional Chinese Medicine" remedies.

Pear - "Traditional Chinese Medicine" believes that the common pear is very beneficial for clearing our lungs and adding moisture into our body. Pear is considered a "Yin food" which means it can remove heat from our internal organs, cooling us down on the inside.

The Remedy


  • 1 Pear
  • 3 or 4 medium-sized lumps of Rock Sugar


  • Peel and wash the pear, remove the core and then dice into medium-sized pieces.
  • If the sugar is in big lumps, crush it into smaller pieces as big pieces take too long to melt.

Now, what we're going to do is steam the ingredients, but if you're like me and don't have a steamer of any kind, here's what to do.

  • PearsPour an inch or two of water into a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Put your diced pear into a bowl, add about 1/2 inch of water and sprinkle the rock sugar over the top.
  • Lower the bowl into the saucepan
  • Cover  and simmer on a medium/ low heat for 20 - 30 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and enjoy!

Note : When  Be careful not to burn yourself when taking your bowl out of the saucepan.

What you will find is that the sugar will melt and the pear will soften. You will not only get tasty steamed pear to eat, but because of the condensation and heat, you will also have a delicious, sweet tasting pear soup. The soup is very soothing for a dry sore throat meaning that this recipe is also very beneficial for people who have to talk a lot.


Rock SugarCredit: chopsooyIt is important to note that you can't exchange rock sugar for normal sugar. Unlike plain sugar, rock sugar has medicinal qualities and is cooling for our lungs. Interestingly brown sugar also has medicinal qualities but in the opposite manner to white rock sugar. Brown sugar is a "Yang Food" which means its use within Traditional Chinese Medicine is to add heat into our body.

As always, whilst this is a natural healthy recipe containing only pear and rock sugar, you should only eat this recipe two to three times a week and use your own common sense as to whether you need to consult a doctor with your symptoms. It is not recommended for coughs caused by asthma or wet colds and coughs with white phlegm.

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