Lifestyle and Diet for a Cold or Flu: An Asian Medicine View, Part 1
In preventing a cold or flu an important place to begin is to make sure to wear the appropriate clothing for your environment. It is important to have clothing layers on hand if your live in an environment where the temperature fluctuates often. There is a higher likelihood of catching a cold on a windy day, especially when there is a combination of wind, cold, and/or damp weather. A simple solution is to wear scarves to protect you against wind. It is also important to sleep enough, in particular when feeling vulnerable, or if prone to sickness. Be sure to close all windows at night before sleeping to prevent dampness from entering your house and body. It is essential to manage stress and not push yourself if already feeling vulnerable to catching a cold or a flu.
Treat any cold/ flu thoroughly, so that it does not repeat. This means stay home and rest until your sickness is completely gone. It is helpful to drink warm tea and/or take a warm bath. It is important to consume appropriate foods and herbal remedies that will help to speed up your recovery time. If preventative measures are taken at the onset of an illness, the sickness can be prevented from becoming full blown. If prone to re-occurring colds/flu taking preventative measures can assist in stopping the cycle of reoccurrence. Acupuncture and/or herbal medicine taken 1-2 months and/or 1 season ahead of time can prevent reoccurring colds/flu. In addition, acupuncture and herbal medicine can be utilized in all phases of a cold or flu to speed up the healing process. It is best to seek the help of a practitioner when a sickness is full blown, so as to receive the most appropriate treatment for a speedy recovery.
…To be continued in Part 2:
Yasmin Spencer, LAc, DAOM, Dipl. OM
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- Five Branches University education