7 TCM Recommendations For This Cold/Flu Season
Chinese Medicine is a great preventative medicine, it is recommended for people prone to colds to come during the transition of Autumn to Winter for a treatment that will strengthen their defensive “Chi” (immune system).
Boost Your Immune System
You can boost your defensive “Chi” by taking supplements like VIT C, herbal tincture blends like Echinacea, Astragalus and Propolis. For a costume herbal formula please see your local Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.
Food As Your Medicine
It’s very important to have a balanced and healthy diet. If you have a cold try to eat less solid foods and a more liquid based diet, like soups. Also, avoid eating raw and cold veggies, but rather steam or boiled them. This way your body stays warm and doesn’t deplete energy through digestion, but rather uses that energy for your defense system. Also try to avoid phlegm forming foods like sugar, alcohol and diary.
Our bodies are 80% water, and its through water that we can eliminate toxic pathogens through our breath, sweat, urine and bowel movements. Try to drink 2 liters at least every day, preferably room temperature or warm, again because if you drink cold water, this will deplete your energy and immune system.
Bundle up when you go outside to cold weathers. In Chinese Medicine we believe wind is the carrier of external pathogens into your body, so avoid direct contact of any cold winds. Another great way to stay warm is to drink delicious warm teas, like for example lemon, honey and ginger tea is great for this time of season. Lemon has vitamin C, honey gives you that extra bit of energy, and ginger is a herb that helps you clear toxins, protects your stomach and warms your body.
Staying home all day in front of the computer is no good! Try to do some stretches, go to a yoga class, go up to the mountains and enjoy the beautiful BC nature. Exercise is great to get your heart pumping, your blood flowing and prevents external toxic pathogens to linger and stagnate in your body.
Smiling and Laughing have a natural uplifting effect on us! It can help you bring down your stress and thus protect your immune system. Try to surround yourself with people that make you smile. Also try to do at least one activity a week that makes you truly happy, that could mean a yoga class, snowboarding, a hot bath with candles and a book, a movie night with your girlfriends, anything that makes you relax and enjoy life!!