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Chinese Medicine Tips For the Seasonal Transition to Fall

CHINESE MEDICINE TIPS FOR THE SEASONAL TRANSITION TO FALL
As the air becomes cool and crisp and the days are getting a bit shorter, we feel the transition to fall.  Whether you’re excited for autumn or wishing that summer would never end, we think you would benefit from learning some Chinese medicine tips that may help you get through the seasonal change in a healthy way.

Many people find themselves susceptible to common colds at this time of year.  The changing weather puts some stress on the immune system. Here are several strategies, based on Chinese medical theory, which can increase your immunity and prevent and treat illness.

HEALTHY HABITS:
Dressing with warm layers and wearing a scarf to keep the back of your neck covered is a good idea since it keeps the body comfortable and stable, preventing chills and the stress of cold air on the body.  In Chinese medical theory it is said that exposure of the back of the neck to cold air can make one more susceptible to a common cold. Getting enough rest, moderate exercise and a healthy, balanced diet (don’t overdo it on the Halloween candy!) facilitates good energy, optimal immunity and lowered stress levels.

ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE PREVENTION & TREATMENT:
Acupuncture can be used to boost your immunity; a treatment once a week or every other week for a general health and immunity boost is beneficial.  If you feel yourself starting to come down with symptoms such as a sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, acupuncture can be helpful and/or Chinese herbal medicine.  We have some over the counter herb pills called Yin Chiao that are useful at the onset of a cold with a sore throat; when taken at the first sign of a sore throat, they can stop the cold from progressing within 1-2 days.  You can even purchase some Yin Chiao to keep at home and when traveling so that they’re available as soon as you first start feeling a sore throat in order to stop the progression of a cold. For a feeling of illness that begins with chills and perhaps a runny nose, you can try to “sweat it out” by drinking some hot soup or tea (perhaps with some spicy warming herbs like ginger or scallions) and wrapping yourself in blankets until a light sweat occurs. Sometimes that’s all you need in order to feel better.

Here’s wishing you a healthy and happy fall season!