4 Steps to COVID-19 (Viral) Self Defense
There are some things that you can do right now to protect yourself from being one of the COVID-19 statistics you see on the news. Follow these 4 Steps to put the odds in your favor.
COVID-19 or coronavirus is categorized under “pestilence” in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is said to be caused by pathogenic factors including heat, cold-damp, toxins and stagnation. COVID-19 is often spread through respiratory droplets and it will first attack the lungs, causing flu-like symptoms.
Points To Wellness shares some TCM treatments and lifestyle changes to help combat infections and shore up immune function, especially during this outbreak.
1. TCM Treatments and Essential Oils
TCM believes that the Lung is not only responsible for breathing, it also dominates the vital energy (Qi) of the entire body. In order for the Lung to function at its optimum, it needs to receive nutritional Qi from the Spleen. When the Lung function is compromised, the general principle of treating is to identify the underlying disharmony in the organs and release it from the body.
Diffuse Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Blue, Lemon, Peppermint, Spearmint
While everyone has different body constitution, our acupuncturist can tailor a TCM treatment according to the patient’s conditions and needs.
2. TCM Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been shown to boost immunity and balance the immune system. Moxibustion or acupuncture on these 5 acupuncture points, Ren 8 (moxa only), Ren 4, Ren 6, Ren 12, Stomach 36 can warm up the Yang energy to dispel cold-damp and improve overall immunity.
3. Support the Spleen for Stronger Immunity
For a strong immune system, it is important to also adopt a healthy lifestyle to support healing. Here are some TCM tips to boost your immune system:
- Avoid raw food and eat warm cooked food.
This will ensure the digestive fire is strong and you can better digest and absorb adequate nutrients.
- Avoid a diet that is rich in sugar, processed and greasy food.
Too much of these can create dampness and hinder the Spleen function. It can also negatively affect the gut microbiome which may cascade into a chronic low-grade inflammation.
- Eat more vegetables, fruits, probiotic foods, healthy fats, lean protein and drink adequate amount of warm water.
4. Schedule a treatment
Schedule a visit here at Points To Wellness in convenient Oakbrook Terrace, IL or visit your nearest TCM clinic. We know that this is a scary time in the world and it has us thinking twice before we leave the house. Click Here to see what we are doing to keep you safe when you visit us.