Miso Soup: Cure for the Common Cold

By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM

Did you know that Miso Soup with Scallions is actually an ancient Chinese herbal remedy for colds? In 300 AD famous herbalist, Ge Hong, writes about Miso Soup with Scallions in a book called, Bei ji zhou hou fang or Emergency Formulas to Keep Up One’s Sleeve.

The soup is indicated for the onset of a cold when a person is just beginning to feel a headache, stuffy nose and a slight fever.So, the next time you feel a cold coming on, be sure to have your miso!
Miso Soup Serves 4


6 cups water
3-4 Tablespoons Aka Miso or red soy bean paste (usually sold in the refrigerated section)
3-5 green onions stalks, chopped


Dissolve the miso in a little bit of boiling water (about 2 tsp.)
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add the miso & scallions.
Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Remove from heat top with green onions and serve.


you can add various other ingredients to make a more substantial soup, such as tofu, fresh mushrooms, cooked shrimp, snow pea sprouts, cooked rice noodles, or paper-thin slices of fresh ginger.

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