The white bulb and green parts of scallions, or spring onions, are prescribed to improve digestion and help regulate the metabolism rate. They affect the body in a manner similar to garlic but are often preferred because of their less powerful odor. Traditional Chinese medicine characterizes the herb as acrid and warm.
Taken internally for:
Applied externally for:
Over the counter:
Scallions are available at Chinese pharmacies as well as at Asian and Western food markets. You can also obtain tablets containing the herb.
Tea: Two to five scallions chopped and steeped in a cup of boiling water. The brew topped with honey should be drunk at the first signs of chills and fever.
Poultice: Scallions mixed with honey, wrapped in a cloth and applied to sores and abscesses.
Combinations: Prepared with soybeans for chills, fever and nasal congestion. For more information on appropriate preparations and doses, check with a Chinese medicine practitioner.