Jan 15, 2016

Staying Healthy in 2016!

Happy 2016! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays with your families. As promised this post will share some of the things that I do when I actually do get sick. The below tips should help when you get colds, sinusitis, or the flu.

In Chinese medicine there are two main types of diagnosis’s when it comes to the common cold, flu, or sinusitis; either a wind heat or a wind cold invasion. I typically see more wind heat invasions here in the Pacific Northwest, but some people, with more of a cold constitution, may suffer from wind colds. The symptoms below should help you decipher what type of wind invasion you have.

Wind heat:

Sore throat..not just scratchy but may feel painful and sharp when you swallow.

Nasal congestion that ranges from slightly yellow to green throughout the day or just in the morning.

Sinus pressure which may result in a headache

Bodyaches..all over not just the upper neck and back

Fever and or sweating

Chinese Herbs: Yin Qiao San, Andrographis Formula (this formula acts as an herbal antibiotic)

Other advice: try a hot steam with eucalyptus oil or a nedi pot to relieve the sinus pressure.           For a bad sore throat: boil 3-5 thumb sized slices of fresh ginger. Let it cool a bit. Add ½ tsp of honey, ½ tsp of lemon juice and a small pinch of cayenne pepper and drink as a tea. Also come in for acupuncture to release the heat, clear the sinuses and settle the digestion.


Wind cold:

Scratchy throat

Nasal congestion that is clear or white

Headache and stiff neck

Achy joints and limbs

Aversion to cold and wind

Chilled..can’t get warm

Unable to sweat

Chinese Herbs: Gui Zi Tang

Other advice: make a ginger tea. 1 part fresh ginger to 3 parts Chinese scallions. Boil ginger for 10 minutes and after 5 minutes add in the scallions. Drink tea and get under the covers to produce a sweat. Also come in for an acupuncture and Gua Sha session: to release the cold and wind.

So the next time you or your kids come down with a cold, the flu, or sinusitis come on in and I can give you an acupuncture session to boost your immune system and prescribe an herbal formula. This combination can shorten an illness and can lessen the severity of it as well. Let’s all stay healthy in 2016!