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Ward off colds and flu's this winter with Chinese Medicine

As the seasons shift and temperatures drop, we are beginning to see many colds and viruses making their way around, meaning it is crucial to prepare both physically and mentally for the inevitable onslaught of sneezes, sniffles, and sore throats.

chinese medicine for cols and flu

Chinese medicine presents a holistic approach that focuses on enhancing the body's natural defenses.

Here's how you can support your system through the cold and flu season with the help of Chinese medicine.

1. Boost Your Immune System:

Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of strengthening the ‘Wei Qi’, or protective energy to ward off illness. Incorporate immune-boosting foods such as ginger, garlic and dark leafy greens into your diet. Sticking to a warm diet, and avoiding cold, raw foods will help to support the digestive system, and provide the body with the energy and strength it needs to stay healthy.

2. Stay Warm and Dry:

According to Chinese medicine principles, exposure to cold and dampness weakens the body's defenses, making it more susceptible to illness. During cold and flu season, dress warmly, especially in layers, and protect yourself from exposure to wind and rain. Keep your living and working spaces well-heated and ventilated to prevent the accumulation of dampness, which can exacerbate cold and flu symptoms.

3. Practice Good Hygiene:

As we all have learned through the pandemic, maintaining proper hygiene is essential for preventing the spread of pathogens that cause colds and flu. Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap, especially after being in public spaces or around sick individuals. Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth, as these are entry points for viruses.

4. Get Adequate Rest and Manage Stress:

In Chinese Medicine, insufficient rest and excessive stress weaken the body's Qi and predisposes it to illness. Prioritise quality sleep by maintaining a regular sleep schedule and creating a relaxing bedtime routine. Incorporate stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga, or tai chi into your daily routine to support overall well-being and strengthen your immune system.

5. Seek Acupuncture and Herbal Remedies:

Acupuncture, a key component of Chinese medicine, is believed to balance the body's energy flow and promote overall health. During cold and flu season, acupuncture can help strengthen the immune system, alleviate symptoms such as congestion and coughing, and expedite recovery. Additionally, Chinese herbal remedies tailored to individual constitutions and symptoms can provide natural relief from cold and flu symptoms without the side effects associated with conventional medications.

By integrating these principles of Chinese medicine into your routine, you can fortify your body's defenses and minimize your risk of falling ill. Remember to listen to your body, prioritize self-care, and seek professional guidance from a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner for personalized recommendations tailored to your unique health needs.


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