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By Joseph Alban

1. Gargling with salt water. We all know that salt has
long been used as a preservative for food. This is because it
prevents the spread of bacteria by dehydrating them. We can do
the same in your body. Gargling with salt water is a great way
to fight off early infections in your throat and prevent a cold
before it happens. I recommend using kosher salt, which is very
affordable, because it doesn't have any additives that normal
table salt does.

2. Soup. What your grandmother told you is true. Soup is
a great way to boost you immune system to prevent or treat a
cold. Countless studies have proven this for chicken soup. I
also think vegetable soup works well because it is jam packed
with nutrients.

3. Ginseng. Ginseng is a Chinese herb long used to
boost energy and immunity. The root of ginseng is the part used
as a medicinal. Studies have shown that it can prevent the
common cold in the elderly. Anyone can use it. Take a small
amount regularly in the winter to prevent getting a cold. Be
careful to purchase from a reputable vendor, because there is a
lot of counterfeit products out there. There are a number of
types of ginseng which are used. American ginseng is very good
quality, also Korean and Siberian. Wisconsin is known in Asia as
having the best ginseng.

4. Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a treatment within
Chinese medicine. It is based on stimulating the body to heal
itself. And science has recently theorized that it also
stimulates the immune system in the body, which can help prevent
and treat colds.

5. Ginger tea after a cold rain. After you get caught
in a cold rain, we know it is easy to get sick- you get a
headache, sniffles, a sore neck, and your body gets achy. Fresh
ginger tea is an ancient remedy from Chinese medicine to beat
this oncoming cold. A cup is a great way to warm up and give you
system a boost to fight off that cold.

About the author:
Joseph Alban, New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, helps
people with chronic pain and illness through individualized
diagnosis and treatment with Traditional Chinese
Medicine-acupuncture, herbs and tui na (acupressure). Chinese
Medicine and Acupuncture work by correcting imbalances in the
body. When your body regains its natural balance, you are
healthier, and you feel better. For more information on his
practice and about acupuncture, go to