In Chinese medicine, you have this incredible type of energy called Wei Qi, translated as Defensive Qi, that circulates in the outermost layer of your body. It’s kind of like the security guard to pathogens entering your body.
When you are really healthy, this energy is thought to extend further than the skin, kind of like a protective shield around your body.
It is continuously fighting off pathogenic attacks but if it can’t match the strength of the pathogen, you unfortunately get sick.
The change of seasons is almost like the ‘shift change’ of one security guard to another. There’s a little gap of time where immunity is not as strong as the body adapts to changing environments.
However, you can strengthen this immunity by improving your general wellbeing. A balanced lifestyle and diet is the ideal way to improve your Wei Qi and protect your body against pathogens.
So over the next week or so, aim to do some of these things:
- ensure you get 8-9 hours sleep each night and be asleep by 11pm (Wei Qi needs time to be nourished)
- have a big glass of water first thing in the morning, before you doing anything else – with lemon if you can
- ensure you are eating 5-7 serves of vegetables per day
- avoid cold foods – especially for breakfast
- drink peppermint tea and ginger tea – great for boosting immunity
- enjoy low intensity aerobic exercise and yoga/tai chi or qi gong
- practise mindfulness to help slow down your body, save energy for immunity instead of stress
- keep with your regular acupuncture treatments – all acupuncture treatments strengthen qi, including Wei Qi. Many people notice they stop getting as many colds with their treatments, even if I’ve been treating their back pain!
If you do think you are starting to feel sick, pop in for a treatment. Acupuncture works so well in the very early stages of getting a cold. It actually supports your Wei Qi to push invading pathogens back out instead of just masking symptoms. Kind of like improving the strength and training of your ‘security guard’.
Acupuncture, rest and nourishing foods is the best cure for a cold :)