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A Chinese Doctor's Advice
on Mexican Swine Flu

4 May 2009

The author of the popular online post The Stories Told by a Chinese Doctor, Doctor 池草, recently offered a prescription for the flu originated in Mexico:

My personal suggestion: If you've experienced flu symptom accompanied by abdominal pain, vomiting and digestive system problems, you may like to consider the subscription detailed in classic Treatise on Febrile Diseases (《伤寒论》):

Febrile Diseases: heat sensation in chest, destructive qi in stomach, abdominal pain, constant feeling of nausea. Take coptis root soup.


1) coptis root 150g;
2) liquorice 150g (grilled);
3) dried ginger 150g;
4) cassia twig (skinned off);
5) ginseng 100g;
6) tuber pinellia 500g;
7) Chinese Dates 20 (cut into pieces).


Place the ingredients in a pot, add 2.5kg water, cook until there is only about 60 percent of liquid left.

Drink the soup when it is warm, 3 times during the day and 2 times at night.

Important: Please consult your doctor before using this prescription.

Original Chinese post by Doctor 池草:


伤寒。胸中有热,胃中有邪气,腹中痛,欲呕吐者,黄连汤主之。方三十五。黄连(三两) 甘草(三两,炙) 干姜(三两) 桂枝(三两,去皮) 人参(二两) 半夏(半升,洗) 大枣(十二枚,擘)



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Lunar April 8 is the birth anniversary of historical Buddha Sakyamuni, and this year's lunar 8 April falls on May 2 during the Labour Day long weekend. The Buddhist monks in Hangzhou (杭州) celebrated this holy festival by raising donations, not for renovating their monasteries, but rebuilding schools in Sichuan that was hit by deadly earthquake last May.

About 250 monks in bamboo caps and long robes holding a bowl silently walking in a measured pace around the stunningly beautiful West Lake, and collected 200,000 yuans for the kids who lost their schools in the quake.

(Source of info/photos: 王定昶 from 新华社)

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