Coughing and Sneezing and Wheezing! Oh My!
As allergy season winds down and we look cold and flu season in the eye it is a good time to look at the options Chinese medicine offers to lessen the discomforts, shorten the length of the illness, and get you back to health.
It is helpful to have some understanding of the theoretical view of what Chinese Medicine causes illness and what it takes to get it out of our systems. In ancient China, winters in the North were very cold, which, coupled with an absence of central heating, became the basis to blame cold as the cause of illness. The underlying concept is that as our body’s surface defenses became weak, the cold invades and causes illness. The progression of symptoms mirrors the disease’s progress as it invades deeper and deeper into the body and the symptoms change from cold to hot. The closer the invasion is to the surface, the easier it is to expel it.
Wind Cold, diagnosed by feeling cold, headache and body aches, is the shallowest invasion and most easily expelled. When it progresses to Wind Heat, diagnosed by fever, sore throat, and thirst, the disease has gone deeper into the body and is harder to expel. There are herbal formulas to address these specific patterns. There is even a formula to bring you out of the aftermath of an exterior invasion that hangs on for weeks.
What does this mean to you? If you occasionally get a cold or the flu I would recommend stocking both Gan Mao Ling and Yin Jiao Jin in your medicine cabinet. When you get that first tickle in your throat or just that feeling that a cold is coming on, take Gan Mao Ling. If you develop feelings of heat, such as fever and thirst, and/or a sore throat take the Yin Jiao Jin. If these don’t knock it out within 48 hours come in and get a more specific formula. Remember the deeper it goes in the body, the harder it is to expel it.
Do you seem get a cold when the person in the next building sneezes? It is time to be proactive with your immune system. Come in and get an acupuncture and herbal treatment at the beginning of the cold season to build up your defenses so the pathogen can’t get inside in the first place.
If you have any questions or want to make an appointment to help prevent a sniffling sneezy season, give me a call.