If you find yourself frequently coming down with a cold more often than others, you might have lowered immunity, in TCM terms, lacking in Wei Qi.
Wei Qi is strongly associated to the function of internal organs, namely the lungs and the spleen. A well-balanced organ system will boost Wei Qi and you are less likely to fall sick due to external pathogenic harm that causes the common cold and flu.
A body with lowered Wei Qi due to lung deficiency is easily affected by
- Wind, cold and heat
• Environmental changes
• By others who are sick with a cold or flu.
Here are some tips on how to boost your immunity
- With TCM herbs
A common TCM herb found in oriental herbal tea to clear heat and clean toxin is Forsythia (连翘壳). It is known for its effectiveness in wind-heat type common cold. Its main antibacterial component, forsythol, has a strong inhibitory effect on Staphylococcus aureus (a bacteria found in the nose and respiratory tract), influenza virus and other pathogens. It also has significant anti-inflammatory effects to reduce swelling.
- Chase the germs away with soap and water
Flu can be spread directly through air droplets when someone infected coughs or sneezes.
The flu bug can also be caught indirectly when you touch a surface with flu viruses on it (such as a door knob). By touching your nose or mouth, the virus is transferred to you.
Hence, practice proper hand hygiene by hand washing frequently.
- Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle
Consume a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday.
Fruits and vegetables are wonderful sources of fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that provide antioxidant properties, like anthocyanins from blueberries, are great immunity boosters!
Physical activity gives you more energy to enjoy a healthy, happy life. Engaging in regular physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and enhance your quality of life. Adults should aim for 150 minutes of physical activity weekly.
We hope you find these immunity- boosting tips helpful! If you’re interested in getting a more personalised TCM tips, it is best to consult a licensed TCM physician.
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