It’s Autumn already and that crisp cold bite in the air has appeared and with it, the return of sniffles, headaches and sore throats and if we haven’t been looking after ourselves and our immune system is quite compromised, the body aches and pains with chills and fevers of the flu, which can knock us out for many days and have us feeling quite miserable.
In Chinese Medicine, the main cause of common cold is Wind. The common cold caused by Wind is often associated with abnormal or sudden changes in weather, large variations in temperature, the body being wet by rain or blown by wind after sweating.
A few ways that we can minimise the chances of developing a cold are:
- putting on warm clothes after sweating;
- drying off and staying warm after getting wet in the rain;
- wear a scarf to protect the back of our neck which is vulnerable to Wind;
- being careful not to overwork and tax the immune system;
- maintain moderate level of exercise to ensure your energy flows smoothly;
- staying away from ill people as much as possible;
- having spring onion, ginger and garlic regularly, or if you tend towards feeling hot, having cooling teas with chrysanthemum and/or honeysuckle, which you can buy from a Chinese grocery store; and
- having acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment to boost weaknesses in your body so that your immune system is strong.
The best time to act is before you get sick!
Prevention is the best medicine – we know this, yet we often forget it and when we get a cold and are wallowing in our misery, we’ll be able to think of the things that we should have or shouldn’t have done!
Around 4,500 years ago, the Chinese physician Qi Bo wrote,? To take medicine when you are sick is like digging a well only when you are thirsty ?- is it not already too late??