Natural Cold Remedies and Japanese Medication for Colds and Flu

Winter is upon us! Winters in Japan are generally dry but, as everywhere in the northern Hemisphere, the days are shorter. Some attractions close for the season, but skiing is very much the anticipated activity this time of the year. For some countries that experience winter, it can be quite a challenge to avoid getting colds and the flu. Japan is very stringent on the types of medicines you can bring in, whether it be over the counter medication or prescription drugs.

When you feel a cold or flu coming, you can try a few of these simple home remedies to chase the bug away:

Hot soup is good for the soul, colds and flu. Chicken soup is a well known remedy to make you feel better when you’re sick. It’s actually a scientific fact; a study published in the journal CHEST showed that chicken soup may help with symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections like the flu. Actually, most hot soups will do the trick. As you inhale the warm vapors of soup, it makes you feel better. Japan is known for having some of the world’s best soup. A perfect reason to indulge in ramen!

Ramen. | toyohara

Stay hydrated. Some flu symptoms can cause dehydration. Be sure to get plenty of healthy fluids in your system. Water, fruit juices, and electrolyte drinks are good sources to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine because it is a diuretic and will make you lose the fluids you’ve been taking. A cup of herbal tea with honey can soothe a sore throat.

Gargle with salt and water. This helps in getting rid of the thick mucus that collects at the back of your throat, especially after lying in bed. It also helps ease the stuffiness you feel in your ears.

Orange juice. | U.S. Department of Agriculture

If you feel the need for some over-the-counter medicine, here are some of the known Japanese medications you can try:

Esutakku Eve Fine – one of the most popular cold and flu medicines. It’s good for fever, sneezing, pain, and a runny nose.

LuluAttack EX – for sore throat and congestion.

Eve A – one of the most popular pain medications in Japan. It can ease mild headaches to a severe cold.

These Japanese medications are readily available in Japan.

Pills. | Taiyo FUJII