but whether this is a result of tradition or habit inducing the placebo effect, or if it has actual medicinal properties, is unknown.
The sake is supposed to give you a good night's sleep and the lysozyme in the egg white is said to strengthen the immune system and thus help cure the cold.
Even though it is an alcoholic drink, it is sometimes given as a cold cure to children as well as adults, and is similar to chicken soup or hot toddies in Western countries.
Like most home remedies, there are several variant recipes for tamagozake, but the basic properties are the same.
The most traditional says that tamagozake should only be served using chopsticks, as it invokes memories of Buddhist services, and thus adds to the healing power.