Can’t quite shake that cold? Another infection? Or maybe you’re tired too often and just haven’t been well since…. You might be thinking that your immune system needs a boost. Chinese Medicine may refer to this as having deficient Defensive Qi (Wei Qi). This is your first level of defense. It is kept strong by nourishment through internal and external factors. When there is imbalance, say with the food we eat or stressful conditions it may falter and we can become ill. If balance isn’t restored the recurring illness may develop to a deeper more chronic form like digestive disturbances and chronic fatigue.
There are many treatments available to help you restore health, including acupuncture and herbs. You can also begin yourself by including changes in diet, exercise and nutritional supplements/herbs. For instance, if you are suffering recurring colds you might try restricting your diet to ‘easily digested’ foods such as broths, vegetable juice and dry toast to ease symptoms. Consuming high volumes of fluids is also helpful to replace what you might lose through sweating and gastric upset. Hot lemon water can be made by squeezing the juice of a lemon into hot water. This may help break up mucous and provide some vitamin C to aid your immune system. Garlic is known for its antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant and antibiotic actions. It is best used raw as the oil is destroyed by cooking. Try crushing a clove, mixing with honey and swallow. You could add boiling water (but do not continue boiling) along with thyme (a throat antiseptic), lemon and honey for a soothing tea. There are capsules available, if you can’t tolerate garlic in this form.
However, if you find that you catch a cold after just recovering from one or are experiencing increasing weakness and fatigue you might need extra help to restore you health. It can be very disappointing to always feel like you’re recovering from something. Remember when you were fit and healthy? It is time to reclaim that feeling everyday. Call me to arrange an appointment and we can plan your comeback.