Chinese herbal medicine developed over hundreds of years. Our forbears identified healing qualities for each herb, and found that combing herbs in a formula produced better patient outcomes.
Herbs are food substances, containing nutrients the body recognizes as food. This makes its properties easy to assimilate for their medicinal value. The Chinese use a class of “kitchen herbs” in everyday cooking for preventative health.
Because the cold and flu season is looming near, an appropriate formula to discuss is Jade Windscreen (Yu Ping Feng San). This formula was developed in 1271-1368 AD during the Yuan Dynasty.
The name says it all: it screens the lungs against wind, which does indeed carry airborne pathogens, making the formula as precious as jade. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the lungs are called the “delicate organ” because they are easily weakened with illness, and are susceptible to bacterial and viral pathogens.
This formula is so gentle and safe, it is often used in pediatrics to treat common chest colds, early onset of bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections in patients with weak immune systems, and chronic or persistent allergies.
Some of the hallmark symptoms when Jade Windscreen is prescribed are a runny nose with clear mucus, lots of sneezing, and sweating when exposed to wind or with minimal exertion. We often often prescribe it as a preventative measure for patients who are experiencing frequent colds and flu.