Juice Recipe for the Common Cold (Wind Invasion)

The new school year has started, and so marks the beginning of cold and flu season. School has been in for several weeks, and almost immediately I were already sick.

Here is an easy juice recipe for the common cold (wind invasion in Chinese Medicine terms). The ingredients should be fresh. The ginger should be used with the peel on. After preparing, drink immediately as this formula will not keep.

1 orange, peeled
½ grapefruit, peeled
½ lemon peeled
½ pear
1 “ fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
¼ tsp ground red pepper (e.g. cayenne)
¼ tsp ground cinnamon


Set pepper and cinnamon aside.

Juice the remaining ingredients. Stir in the spices, drink immediately.

Climb under the covers.

This formula will make you sweat and may give you a runny nose as the toxins are expelled.

Although it can be made in a blender, it tends to come out a little chunky. If possible, this recipe is best made in a juicer.

Repeat every 6 hours as needed.

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Written by Dr. Lexy Ballinger

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 1996. I have specialized in the trauma/surgical ICU at a Level 1 trauma hospital for over 20 years.
In May of 2016, I started the Master’s program for Oriental Medicine at East West College of Natural Medicine and will be finished with the program in August of 2019. I have experience in acupuncture in a clinic setting with one on one treatment and community acupuncture.
Oriental medicine focuses on the individual and diagnosis is based on a detailed query of physical and emotional symptoms you are experiencing. Acupuncture is an umbrella term that covers the use of needles, gua sha (scraping), cupping, tui na (Chinese body work), and the use of herbal formulas to address the symptoms and the cause of your My goal is a collaborative effort, with you, to assist you to achieve less pain, reduce your anxiety, improve your sleep and improve your quality of life.

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