Ginger (生姜 shēngjiāng)
You probably already know some of the amazing benefits of ginger, but why specifically is this such a staple in TCM? Ginger is an extremely warming herb that will flush out the cold wind from the body to restore balance. Ginger also promotes a healthy appetite, which is often diminished from cold wind afflictions. It’s known as a guiding herb, which when integrated with other ingredients harmonizes all components into a synergistic treatment.
Scallion (葱 cōng)
Scallions are both warming and also pungent in taste. Pungent ingredients promote the flow of qi and the expelling of ailments via the exterior, which is why when you eat pungent and/or spicy foods you often sweat, flushing out heat from your pores. This sweat carries out toxins and evil wind. Scallions are extremely popular in Asian cooking and are a welcome addition to any savory dish. And you can even regrow the stalks at home. Just…