Let’s Fight Cold and Flu with Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine for cold and flu to the rescue!
Yes, it is that time again…Cold and flu season is upon us once more. It really is no surprise that at this time of year more and more of us catch a cold or fall foul of flu. All those closed windows to keep in the heat and commuting to work in steamy train carriages create a perfect viral atmosphere for us to catch some bug or other. In addition the stress and pressure of having to keep going at work even though in the long cold winter months all we feel like doing is hibernating compromises our immunity and our natural ability to fight off these viruses. In this article we will give a brief overview of colds and flu and explore the reasons why we catch them - from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. We will also provide some helpful tips to help you to nip that bug in the bud and to get better soon.
Why do we get cold and flu – Approach of Chinese medicine for cold and flu
According to Chinese Medicine we catch colds because our that our body’s natural defence system – our Wei Qi, is not sufficiently strong to combat the influence of external pathogenic factors such as Wind, Heat and Cold. This invasion of External Wind causes causes cold and flu.
Symptoms of an invasion of External Wind include runny nose, an itchy or tickling throat, aching limbs and a cough that produces a thin phlegm. You will also experience stiffness around the body, which is particularly felt in the back of the neck.
Interestingly there are a set of acupuncture points called Wind Pool G20 which are located right at the base of the skull which are excellent at helps these symptoms by releasing the pathogenic Wind. Chinese Medicine for cold and flu can offer a range of natural holistic methods of treatment to offer long lasting solution for not just the symptoms of cold and flu but also the root cause.
Moxibustion and Acupuncture for cold and flu
Acupuncture can boost immunity. Study showed acupuncture can helps to prevent the illness from establishing itself and it can also lead to a faster recovery – without the side effects of drugs. Several clinical studies have demonstrated that TCM reduces the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections and shortens the course of illness.
Recommended herbs for cold and flu
Dandelion is an antioxidant that also has anti-inflammatory properties. Dandelion is a powerful liver detoxifier which can aid in recovery from an illness, it can also eliminate toxins and infections from the body, reduce inflammation and boost immune system.
Read more about the amazing benefits of Dandelion here.
Astragalus (Huang Qi)
Astragalus is a natural antioxidant herb that protects the cells from external influences and supports normal functioning of the immune system.
If you do come down with a cold, what can you do to speed up recovery?
Tips on shortens the course of sickness
Rest and Recharge
Drink and Detox
Include Food Helps Shift Pathogenic Cold
Rest and recharge
To help you get better more quickly it is very important that you priority rest and sleep. This will help your body to recharge its batteries and allow your immune system to fight off the bug.
Drink plenty of room temperature or warm water to avoid dehydration. Or you could also sip some green tea. This will help your system to flush out toxins and will help the easy passage of mucus out of your body.
You’ve drunk all that water..now lets flush it out!
Drinking a bowl of hot gingery soup, then going to bed under a nice warm quilt will help to promote sweating – it’s one of the most effective methods to relieve cold symptoms, especially those that come with a fever.
Include other foods that help to shift pathogenic cold
Eat plenty of broth-based soups and rice. Consume warm liquids.Try to eat more chillis, onions, green onions and ginger if your symptoms are ‘wind-cold’ In addition there is a wide amount of research that demonstrates that garlic is also very effective at helping to shift colds – in addition to having a warming quality it also has incredibly strong antiviral properties. If your symptoms are ‘wind-heat’ add peppermint tea, eat food with cooling properties.
Natural Dandelion or Pu Gong Ying by GinSen is a high-grade botanical extract that offers natural antiviral properties along with promoting natural detox. Dandelion are powerful antioxidants, containing high diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties that promote digestion and strengthen the immune system.
Astragalus (Huang Qi)
Astragalus herb supplements (Huang Qi) have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. This powerful herb can be added to your daily routine to strengthen the immune system, increase stamina, strength, and vitality.
Yin Qiao San Jie Du Pian
Yin Qiao San Jie Du Pian by GinSen are natural anti viral supplements. This herbal blend works by boosting immune system and eliminating any infection and mucus in your body. Providing relief from sore throat, fever, body aches, tonsillitis glandular, common and seasonal colds.
For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help you with cold and flu, book your free consultation with our Chinese Medicine experts today
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.
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