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Colds and Flu

In this podcast Pia and I discuss the various options for avoiding and treating colds and flu with Abdominal Acupuncture and other natural remedies.

It is the cold and flu season in the northern hemisphere. But the weather patterns that many of us are experiencing have led to more warm temperatures and less cold snaps to kill all those nasty bugs. This means that we need to be strong to be able to fight off the season's flu and cold viruses. Pia and I share ideas about how to boost your immunity (Wei Qi) using abdominal and traditional acupuncture. Abdominal prescriptions such as "Bringing Qi Home" Ren 12 (Zhongwan), Ren 10 (Xiawan), Ren 6 (Qihai) & Ren 4 (Guanyuan) will strengthen the Yuan Qi, boost Lung, Kidney and Spleen Qi. With the addition of St 24 Shoulder (Huaroumen) St 25 (TianShu) and St 26(Wailing) Hip pt you can further nourish Qi and Blood to ensure that it is circulating from the Zang Fu organs throughout the body to give added protection. I often include Lu 7 ( Lie Que)  on my left and Kid 6 (Zhao hai) on my right to strengthen the Kidney,  Lung and Wei Qi. This combination also opens the Ren Mai and ensures the throat and upper respiratory tract remain well nourished with essential fluids. 

In the event of a cold or flu pathogenic Qi invading, we discuss how to treat using Abdominal Acupuncture. We go through the various symptoms that might be more prevalent in the even of a Wind Heat or Wind Cold invasion and we suggest treatments for each of these scenarios. Abdominal Acupuncture has the advantage of offering you an easy way of treating yourself. Needles can be inserted while standing in front of a mirror and then after lying down you can fix the needles to the necessary depths for treating your particular symptoms. The beauty of Abdominal Acupuncture in self treatment is that you don’t have to experience the discomfort of the needle pulling as you move with the needles in points such as St 36 (Zusanli). Also you don’t need to be ambidextrous to insert needles in awkward left or right sided points! 

We discuss various options for clearing the heat and phlegm that often accompanies these infections, as well as effective methods to treat coughs, runny nose’s headache and sore throats. If you are also prone to breathing difficulties we suggest great treatments to help.

There are a number of self maintenance ideas that we recommend to help you through your illness. It is important to stay well hydrated and use warming food and astringents to help clear the infection and these don’t all have to taste terrible or be tortuous a good olde “Hot Irish Whiskey” (with Honey, Lemon and Cloves), can be great before bed when you have a cold. We also mention some patent Herbal formulas, hot foot soak’s and foods that can really help speed up the recovery process.

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