Preventing the a Cold during the Change of Seasons

Every year in early October I blog about home remedies for the common cold.  That’s because every year my patients come into the office coughing, sneezing, and with sore throats and ask me what to do.

Fortunately I don’t get a cold this time of year because I know a few techniques to prevent it.

Why do people get colds during the change of seasons?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine explain that you are more susceptible to a cold because body’s energy, or qi, is stressed. The qi is responsible for your immune functioning.  So when your qi is taxed, your immune system is also slightly run down.

How to boost your qi?  

The good news is that there are many techniques to boost your qi.

Acupuncture for the common cold can be effective for boosting your qi to prevent a cold or help you get over it faster when you have a cold.

There are many Chinese herbs that help treat a cold.  Ling zhi, a medicinal mushroom, is excellent for boosting your immune system.  Gan mao ling, the common cold formula, is effective for treating the first stages of the common cold.

Eating delicious aromatic vegetables can help prevent you from getting a cold.  Trying making a vegetable soup for the change of seasons.

Other home remedies, such as gargling with apple cider vinegar or salt are effective for making the environment of your throat and respiratory system inhospitable for viruses.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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