Many prepared medicines exist for cold and flu symptoms. Unlike the very wide variety of internal illnesses someone may experience, most people experience colds and flu in the same way, with a limited range of symptoms. As a result, with a minimal amount of knowledge most people can select an appropriate patent remedy for acute onset cold and flu. Common cold and flu symptoms include: chills and fever, upper back, neck and headaches, cough, sore throat, and stuffy and runny nose. The patent medicines presented in this kit are generally safe and useful for the early stages of cold and flu, and in general should not be used for more than 7-10 days. If symptoms persist beyond this time you are strongly advised to consult a health professional. In all cases, rest is the best medicine.

Acute stage cold and flu is usually considered in Chinese medicine to be the result of an invasion of “pathogenic wind” which attacks the “exterior” of the body. Symptoms are almost all related to the Lung system, which is responsible for the wei qi or defensive qi, the skin, the throat and the nose and the regulation of the pores.