Kimchi, the fiery Korean condiment, may help cure bird flu. Chickens fed a kimchi extract recovered from avian flu and other diseases. Kimchi was also reported to have helped prevent SARS, but this has not been studied.
According to Chinese medicine, the avian flu belongs primarily to the Earth element, which is associated with dampness.
Kimchi, because of its spicy, pungent flavour, belongs to the Metal element. Metal has a drying effect, which explains why kimchi may well help avian flu by reducing dampness.
SARS is caused by excessive wind, which belongs to the Wood element. Wood is decreased by Metal, so kimchi is likely to help with SARS as well.