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Umeshokuzu, a natural cold remedy

SHA Wellness Clinic
March 14, 2016

With the low temperatures of winter, the risks to catch a cold are higher. Flu and cold are usual and natural remedies become a good solution to prevent or treat some health disorders without being aggressive to our body with medicines.

Today, we want to show you a natural cold remedy that can be prepared at home in just 3 minutes to treat colds but also other diseases: It’s called Umeshokuzu.


Umeshokuzu, a 3-in-1 product

Umeshokuzu is made of 3 typical ingredients of the Asiatic food, all of them with numerous benefits.

  • Umeboshi plum: this is a plum, used for cooking but also as a medicine in all East Asia and especially in Japan. It is rich in proteins, minerals, calcium, iron, phosphorus
    Learn more about Umeboshi in this post.
  • Shoyu: It is a soy sauce obtained from soybean ferment with roasted wheat grains, water and salt. Its flavor is milder than any other soy sauces because it contains less soy and salt. It has lots of proteins, calcium and iron.
  • Kuzu: an extracted starch from the roots of a China-native plant. It is used to treat instabilities in the digestive system.


What is umeshokuzu used for?

Umeshokuzu is recommended in case of diarrhea, constipation, allergy, general weakness, lack of energy and digestion problems… But it is also a good natural cold remedy.

It has properties that permit treating or, at least, lessening the symptoms of these disorders, since it strengthens blood, restores energy, promotes good digestion and stimulates detox.

Umeshokuzu also has an alkalizing powder, which is perfect after some excesses.


An easy and fast recipe

  1. Dissolve a teaspoon of kuzu in 2 tablespoons of cold water.
  2. Add a cold water glass to kuzu (you can also use bancha or kukicha tea instead).
  3. Boil water with kuzu, stirring constantly until the water becomes transparent.
  4. Add half umeboshi plum or half teaspoon of umeboshi paste.
  5. Low fire to minimum.
  6. Add half teaspoon of shoyu and stir slowly.
  7. Boil for 2-3 minutes on low fire.
  8. Drink it hot.


If you finally try this natural cold remedy called Umeshokuzu, let us know how it worked!



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