The old saying, ‘It’s better to build a well before you’re thirsty’ applies to Flu Prevention along with other wise principles of ancient Chinese Medicine.
You find here two aspects to the advice.
The first one is for the first cold and flu symptoms, which can develop quickly into a full blown influenza if not stopped on time.
The second aspect is to boost your immune system on an ongoing basis with DIY Needle-less Acupuncture Disks and Immune System Supplements.
This approach helps alleviate cold flu symptoms while giving you a renewed sense of strength and vitality. The approaches overlap.
Prevention of Cold and Flu while Boosting Your Immune System
Drink plenty of warm fluids. If possible add Taheebo tea to your habits.
Warm soups in winter – chicken-with-herbs soup.
Enough rest during the flu season.
Wash hands frequently and vigorously for at least twenty seconds each time.
Use DIY Needle-less Acupuncture disks under the ears, below the jaw and the soft hollow on both sides below the occiput (about two inches from the centre at the back). See the guidebook which comes with the kit to add other points. The application of the disks clears out toxins from the glands.
When in cold, rain or snow keep warm – particularly your head, neck and feet.
Be alert to the First Symptoms (tiredness, stuffy feeling, cloudy thinking, shivers, sneezing, runny nose, headache, uneasiness).
Gargle with salt water to prevent sore throat.
And remember, if you don’t drop everything now and rest, you may suffer much later.
Have a bottle of YIN CHIAO handy, follow the instructions and take when the First Symptoms appear and continue up to four days if necessary.
This safe herbal flu remedy has been used in China for hundreds of years in flu prevention – to stop colds, fevers, bodily pains, sore throat, headache, swollen glands, acute bronchitis and other febrile conditions.
Yin Chiao is one of the most effective natural remedies, but it is not an immune system supplement, therefore do not use it for more than four days on each occasion.
To boost your immune system use . . .
Take Vitamin C 2000mg a day. the human body does not produce this vitamin although it is necessary for removing toxins we all accumulate.
Multivitamins including A, B, D and E plus flax seed oil.
Didn’t your mother or grandmother advice you to wear a hat and a scarf in a cold, rainy and windy weather in order to avoid cold and flu? Well, according to Ancient Chinese Medicine, if your immune system is impaired and you expose your head or neck to rain and cold wind, the muscles tighten preventing the harmonious Chi flow through ‘the wind and window of the sky points’.
The bacteria or viruses can then gain upper hand and cause cold and flu.
Also, keep your feet warm and dry! A research study confirms that exposing feet to a bucket of cold water leads to a runny nose and other common cold symptoms.
Difference between Cold and Flu Symptoms
As cold symptoms you first feel ‘run down – under the weather’ – with some chills. Then come runny nose, sneezing, scratchy throat and cough with chest discomfort, perhaps mild headache, but rarely a fever.
With a cold you might feel a little tired, but not extremely so – as you do when suffering from flu symptoms. And you still have appetite.
The symptoms come when you’re most unaware, often when under some kind of stress or worry. This applies to cold and flu.
One of hundreds of different viruses we carry or are exposed to, is the culprit. If we do not take right measures to stop the most virulent one from multiplying, it can cause a flu.
Here is a list of Flu Symptoms, they are swift and severe:
Tiredness(can be extreme)
Loss of appetite
Usually no stomach symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea (except in very young children).
With flu, you simply want to stay in bed for the first 3 to 5 days. Full recovery usually takes 1 to 2 weeks.
The flu can also be deadly for older and the weak, especially if they are suffering from chronic conditions.
Prevention of Cold and Flu
You do not have to be part of the ‘flu-herd’ of millions of people who fall victim to the contagious influenza bacteria and viruses each year.
The numbers of cold and flu sufferers are mind-boggling. The estimated 500 million cases a year cost US economy $40 billion. It causes more than 36 000 deaths and sends 200 000 people to the hospital each year in the US alone.
And think of the misery cold and flu symptoms bring to those who suffer through them, some of them have to live through agonizing headaches, muscle aches, fever, sweating, sore throat etc.
It’s best to become actively aware that Cold and Flu Prevention is the best method of all!
Check out the following pages of our site which also give advice and solutions such as D.I.Y. Needle-less Acupuncture and Chinese healing herbs on dealing with a cold or flu.