According to Chinese medicine, illness occurs when organ systems are weak and out of balance which creates an environment for germs, bacteria and viruses to thrive and lead to a cold. It is important than to support and strengthen our immune systems.
The equivalent of our immune systems in Chinese Medicine is called Wei Qi or Defensive Qi. It runs between the skin and muscle; is made from food and water; and is the first line of defense to protect the body from external pathogens. A strong wei qi acts as a barrier that protects and defends the body against any foreign substance which lead to illness and diseases. However, when weak it decreases the body's ability to protect from external pathogens and one's health is compromised. Regular acupuncture treatments strength en, support and rebalance the immune system providing the body with proper tools to fend off any colds or flus. As well, acupuncture stimulates wei qi, so when you feel a cold coming on, acupuncture can shorten the length of the cold or prevent it completely from taking you out for the count.
After eating the soup, get under the covers and get to bed early.
The key is to boost and support your immune system to preventgetting sick.
Ana del Rosal, MSAc, LAc is a licensed Acupuncturist with the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine in Bennington and may be reached at 802-445-3152.