This is a great sweet dessert to enjoy this winter that not only warms you from the inside out but can also assist with the symptoms of a common cold. According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) this dessert can reduce excessive phlegm to effectively ease coughs.

In Chinese medicine pear is known to have a cool essence that travels to the Lung and Large Intestine meridians, helping to relieve coughs and any excess heat in the Lung.

Honey is used to moisten the lungs and is great to soothe a that stubborn and annoying cough.

Goji berries help to boost your yang energy to assist with fatigue that can hit you when moving through a cold and flu attack.

The Chinese red date which you can find at some organic fruit markets or at Chinese specialty stores are utilised in this dish to tonify the qi and blood in the body so you have the energy to recover quickly.

You can enjoy this dish as a regular winter dessert or as a medicine when you are fighting a pesky cold this winter season.



  • 2 pears (nashi pears if you can find them but pears that are firm, crunchy & juicy will also work)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (crystallised honey works best) – can add more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried Goji berries
  • 6-8 dried Chinese dates
  • 1.5 cups water



  • Peel the pears
  • Remove the cores of the pears then slice them the way you like
  • Add pear and all the other ingredients into a pot
  • Cook on a high heat until the water begins to boil.
  • Turn the heat down to low
  • Continue to cook for 15-20 minutes
  • Can be eaten warm from the pot or stored in the fridge for a chilled serving at a later date (the chilled version is great if you have a burning throat to further help soothe the heat in throat and lungs)



For those of you on your IVF and fertility journey, you can use this winter remedy recipe as a daily immune system boost during this cold and flu season to ensure that as you move into a cycle or medicated round you are limiting the severity of impact a cold or flu may have on your overall health and fertility. This may be particular important for male fertility as we know that a cold or flu can impact the health of the sperm for up to 3 month post and infection. So get yourself fertile and ready for your IVF this season with some delicious sweet pears.

By Leigh Moir 
Leigh Moir - Master of Reproductive Medicine<br /> Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)<br /> Master of Infertility (Note: this is a self appointed qualification that Leigh feels only those that have travelled the path of infertility for a number of years can truly master ~ If you know, you know…)<br /> Qualified Esoteric Acupuncturist<br /> Qualified Fertile Life TM Practitioner<br /> Qualified Practitioner of NLP<br /> Qualified Hypnotist<br /> Level III Qi-Fit Qigong Instructor<br /> Member of The Institute of Functional Medicine (currently completing certification)<br /> Diploma of Paramedical Science<br /> Co-Founder of Shamanic Heart Medicine

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