Cold & Flu Formula

Our Cold & Flu Formula is a combination of two very popular formulas: Yin Qiao San and Gan Mao Ling.  These are two of the most useful formulas for helping symptoms of colds and flus.

Our Cold & Flu Formula is a combination of two very popular formulas: Yin Qiao San and Gan Mao Ling.  These are the two most useful formulas for treating colds and flus. Yin Qiao San herbal formula was first published in 1798 by Dr. Wu Ju Tong. It is incredibly effective at helping invasion of wind-heat in Chinese medicine. Wind heat often manifests as common cold or flu symptoms when there is sore throat, fever, and aches. Gan Mao Ling translates to “effective remedy for cold and flu.” This formula treats what is called wind-cold conditions: colds and flus that present with clear runny nasal discharge, watery eyes, stiff neck, and chills. Our Cold & Flu formula can effectively prevent and reduce symptoms associated with the common cold and flu.

500mg  180 capsules

Recommended Dosage- 3 capsules, 2 times a day.

*The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

I have been using IAOM Cold and Flu for years. Any time I feel a cold coming on or a scratchy throat, I start the Cold and Flu remedy and it nips the cold in the bud! What a lifesaver! – Dania

Ingredients: Organic Forsythia Fruit (Lian Qiao), Organic Honeysuckle Flower (Jin Yin Hua), Organic Mint (Bo He), Organic Bamboo (Leaf Dan Zhu Ye), Organic Platycodon Root (Jie Geng), Organic Burdock Root (Niu Bang Zi), Organic Reed Rhizome (Lu Gen), Organic Licorice Root (Gan Cao), Organic Isatis (Ban Lan Gen), Organic Yunnan Rhizome (Zao Xiu), Gelatin capsule.

The Herbs:

Forsythia Fruit (Lian Qiao)

Forsythia Fruit  is known as the “golden bell.” It is the fruit that is steamed, sun dried and then the seeds are removed. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the fruit is considered to be cold and bitter. It is often used to treat heat in the body, which may manifest in conditions like fevers, flus, colds, sore throats, scrofula, excessive thirst, and headaches.

Organic Honeysuckle Flower (Jin Yin Hua)

There are 200 species of honeysuckle that grow worldwide. It is the Japanese honeysuckle that is used in Chinese medicine. It is the flower buds that are gathered in the early summer and then shade dried. Honeysuckle is used to remove toxic heat from the body and to treat conditions such as fevers, heat rash, painful sores and swellings, ulcerations, and skin infections.

Organic Mint Plant (Bo He)

Mint is widely known as a culinary herb but also has powerful medicinal applications. Mint is cooling, pungent and aromatic. It is used around the world to  treat a variety of conditions such as rashes, eye conditions, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea, gas, neuralgia, gallbladder disorders, and upper respiratory infections. In Chinese medicine it clears heat from the body and moves liver qi.  Mint oil has been shown to inhibit staphylococcus aureus, staphylococcus albus and streptococcus, and viruses such as herpes simplex.

Organic Bamboo Leaf (Dan Zhu Ye)

This bamboo is native to China and grows like a grass without a ridged stalk. The leaves are gathered in summer, dried and cut. It is sweet, cool, and bland. In Chinese medicine it is used to clear heat from the heart and small intestine to treat conditions such as fevers, sore throat, canker sores, swollen or bleeding gums.

Organic Platycodon Root (Jie Geng)  

Platycodon is also known as balloon flower. It has beautiful purple, pink or white flowers that look like tiny inflated balloons. The root is dried and cut. Its medicinal actions come from the volatile oils, saponins and plant sterols. These compounds have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and bacterial actions. In Chinese medicine Platycodon root is used to treat sore throat, tonsillitis, upper respiratory disorders, and as an expectorant.

Organic Burdock Root (Niu Bang Zi)

Burdock Root is grows abundantly around the world and is a member of the thistle family. The root is used by herbalists across many cultures for its ability to cleanse the liver, moderate blood sugar and heal digestive conditions. It contains high amount of inulin and mucilage that are healing for the gut. In Chinese medicine it is combined with other herbs to treat sore throats, tonsillitis, and colds. Many skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, contact dermatitis and acne, are healed with the use of burdock.

Organic Reed Rhizome (Lu Gen)

Reed Rhizome is native to China and is said to have a sweet cold taste. It helps the body release excessive heat and is especially well known to quench thirst. It is also used to treat fevers, reduce thick yellow sputum during a cold or flu, and reduce excessive thirst.

Organic Licorice Root (Gan Cao)  

Licorice has been used medicinally all over the world for centuries. It is arguably one of the most important herbs in the Chinese pharmacopeia. One of the reasons it is so important in Chinese medicine is that it harmonizes that actions of other herbs. It is frequently baked in honey (Zhi Gan Cao) before being included in herbal formulas. It has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and helps sooth inflamed mucus membranes both in the throat and gastro-intestinal tract. It can tame a cough, sore throat, and even ulcerations.

Organic Isatis Root (Ban Lan Gen)

Isatis is very effective at treating conditions of the throat: sore throat, mumps, and tonsillitis. Isatis herb is cold in nature and has antiviral properties. It helps reduce feverish conditions that accompany the flu by removing pyrogens produced by bacteria that cause body temperature to rise during a fever.

Organic Yunnan Rhizome (Zao Xiu)

Is effective at treating any kind of pain. It has anti-bacterial effect and inhibits viruses such as shingles, typhoid, staph and meningococcal diseases.

100% Natural: Free of artificial colors, flavors sweeteners, preservatives, fillers and binders.  

*The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Can I take this formula when I am pregnant? Breastfeeding?

This formula is designed to be taken by all patients. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your healthcare provider for details.

How do I know that the herbs in this formula are organic?

We strive to use 100% USDA organic ingredients whenever possible. Some ingredients in Chinese herbalism are minerals, as opposed to vegetable, and therefore can not be certified organic by USDA. For our international customers, we have attained 100% BCS Oko-Garantie. This is a standard organic certification for the European Union. Its standards meet or exceed USDA certification requirements and certify for mineral ingredients.

Are there fillers in your formulas?

IAOM uses NO FILLERS, NONE. The ingredients listed on our label are the only ingredients in our bottle. Think this is common practice in the herbal industry? Think again.  

As the supplement industry is largely self regulated in the US, there is little to no regulation on how much actual herb is involved in an herbal supplement. Corn, wheat, rice, maltodextrin are all frequently used. Not only do these added ingredients adulterate the efficacy of the formula, but they are a source of hidden allergens in herbs.

How do we know that your herbs are non-toxic?

All of our herbs are grown in China. Whenever ingredients are imported from China, the US FDA requires they are proven for “safety”. The following methods of cleaning are acceptable, according to the FDA, for importation: radiation, sterilization, a chemical wash, sulfurization or ultraviolet rays. That’s right. If you are using Chinese herbs, they have previously gone through one of these processes in order to have cleared customs in the US. The herbs we use in our formulas were treated with UV rays, by far the safest way to ensure their efficacy.

Can I take this formula with other medications?

Our all-natural, Chinese herbal formulas are recommended without knowledge of your medications. Please consult your local healthcare provider before combining our products with your pharmaceutical medications.

  • Helps prevent and treat colds and flu.
  • Take at the first sign of symptoms.
  • 3-6 capsules every 3 hours for the first day of symptoms. After that reduce to one dose every 4-5 hours while symptoms are present.
  • You can also use preventatively before airplane or other travel, or in any other circumstances that increase your exposure.
  • Recommended Dosage- 3 capsules, 2 times a day.

Price: $43.00