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Natural cold and flu remedies

Try one of these alternative remedies to ease your symptoms and boost your immunity during cold and flu season

Herbal tea at CheckCheckCin
With its stylish design and easy-to-parse bilingual menu, CheckCheckCin updates Chinese-style herbal tonics for Hong Kong’s millennials. Broadly divided into categories according to your ailment – think bloating, tiredness, stress and cold, to name a few – there’s a herbal tea that will help to bring balance back into your body. For coughs and colds, CheckCheckCin recommends the Healthy Purple Sweet Potato and Oats Rice Water ($30), or the Secret Rice Water ($26).

Luo Han Guo
Luo Han Guo, or monkfruit, is a traditional Chinese remedy for tickly throats. It is traditionally steeped and drunk as a herbal tea, but if you’re on the go, you can pick up an instant luo han guo and chrysanthemum flower tea powder from Chinese medicine magnate Eu Yan Sang, which has outlets all over the city. If you’re really feeling bold, you can try the Luo Han Guo acai bowl from Supabowl in Wan Chai, which combines the throat soothing properties of the Luo Han Guo with acai’s rich nutrient profile for a powerful immune boosting punch.,

Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa
Ask any Hongkonger how to fight off a cold and almost all of them will hand you a bottle Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa. The recipe for this sticky, dark brown, honey-based tincture dates back to the Qing Dynasty, and is made up of a blend of natural plants, including loquat leaf, pomelo peel, licorice root and apricot kernel. With proven throat-soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities, this proudly made-in-Hong-Kong brand is available in just about every supermarket and pharmacy across the city.

Time for Turmeric
Used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, the bright yellow turmeric root is experiencing a resurgence as a superfood, thanks to its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting properties. Local coffee chain Caffe Habitu offers turmeric lattes as part of its line of nourishing (and highly instagrammable) drinks that also include beetroot and matcha.

Vitamin Infusion
If all else fails and you need a quick fix to keep you on your feet, an intravenous vitamin infusion might help you soldier through that next important meeting. Popular with celebrities, vitamin infusions take about 20 minutes, in which you are hooked up to a saline drip packed with vitamins and amino acid blends to get you functioning at your best. Boutique IV clinic Reviv offers the “Ultraviv” blend that vows to restore energy, hydrate and give you a vitamin boost to help ward off seasonal sniffles.


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