I have always marveled at how changes in language can alter our perceptions about things. As an example, here in the US when we come down with something, we often say that we have "caught a cold". Since it is such a normal part of our everyday speech, it is easy to take for granted what this really means.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), when someone comes down with a "cold", it is said, instead, that they have caught "wind". They even further differentiate between catching "wind-cold" or "wind-heat".
So what can you do to fend off this season's wind-cold or wind-heat?
- Wear a scarf. Protect your neck. TCM says that the neck, particularly the back side of the neck, is one of the most vulnerable places from which "wind" can easily enter. And in a city like San Francisco, everyday might be a windy day.
- Get acupuncture. Acupuncture helps to relieve stress and strengthen Wei Qi - your defense qi - so that your body will be strong when exposed to external pathogens.
- Help your body help itself with food. When the weather is cold, windy or damp out, it is not just grandmother's wisdom to have a bowl of warm soup. Another important aspect with TCM is helping to regulate your body's internal climate (more about that in another post), to complement what is happening outside.
- Ask us about our herbal formula - Jade Wind Screen - that acts as a gentle tonifying formula to strenghten Wei Qi (your Defensive Qi).