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Chicken soup and sickness

 

Chicken soup has been a popular home remedy for the common cold since at least the 12th century. Eating chicken soup while you have a cold will not do you any harm, but it will not cure your cold.

Drinking warm liquids, such as soup, may give you relief from your symptoms for a short time. The steam from chicken soup may open up congested noses and throats. Soup also provides fluid, which thins mucus and helps prevent dehydration.

 

References

Barrett B. Viral upper respiratory infection. In: Rakel D, ed. Integrative Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 16.

 
  • Chicken soup and sickness

    Chicken soup and sickness - illustration

    Chicken soup is believed to contain an amino acid that is similar to a drug used to treat some respiratory infections.

    Chicken soup and sickness

    illustration

    • Chicken soup and sickness

      Chicken soup and sickness - illustration

      Chicken soup is believed to contain an amino acid that is similar to a drug used to treat some respiratory infections.

      Chicken soup and sickness

      illustration

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        Review Date: 12/10/2016

        Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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