Sick of Being Sick?

lung.jpgAs I may have mentioned in a previous post, I have a brother who studied acupuncture and chinese medicine and now works as an acupuncturist/herbalist in Seattle. Well, during these cold winter northeast USA months you can hardly avoid catching a cold. When my children recently became sick it seemed like I could not the darn bug out of my house, so I called my brother in Seattle and asked what I should do. He suggested putting pressure on some points on their bodies to help alleviate congestion and mucus from their sinuses and ways I can help support their lung health. He suggested rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30 – 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi (lay people pronounce this “chee”) within your body, restoring health and well-being.So referring to the chart here, these are the points he suggested working on.Lung 7 (LU7) – Roughly 2 inches above the base of the thumb.Lung 5 (LU5) – On the thumb side, at the elbow crease, just off the biceps brachiitendon.Lung 1 (LU1) – On the chest, below the collar bone, approximately 6 inches fromthe center of the chest.Lung 9 (LU9) – On the wrist crease, just below your thumb.Large Intestine 4 (LI4): On the back of the hand between the thumb and firstfinger. In the fleshy part of the hand.Large Intestine 20 (LI20): On the face, level with the bottom of your nostril, onthe groove that is formed when you smile.Ding Chuan – On the back, approximately 0.5 inches lateral to the spinal processof C7.In addition to rubbing these points gently, he also suggested working on the meridian points as well. Meridians are channels in the body, kind of like the circuits in a circuit board. He said that by working on the meridian points we would be helping their lungs, by ridding them of congestions and promoting lung health.He gave me some exercises to have the kids do.coldfluhelpsheet.jpg1) Stand with feet shoulder width apart.2) Place your hands behind your back, hook your thumbs together and spread your fingers apart. Roll shoulders back.3) As you exhale, bend forward from your hips. Keep your knees slightly bent. Let your head hang down and raise your hands up over your back. Keep your elbows straight.4) Take a deep inhalation when you have come to a comfortable forward bend. Relax into the pose and gradually sink deeper with each exhalation.5) Exhale and gently push your arms up, and away from your body, toward your front. Spread and stretch your fingers toward the sky. WARNING: If you become light headed or dizzy. Stop, bend your knees and slowly return to a standing position.6) Hold this position for a few breaths. Slowly return to a standing position.Relax your arms and breathe. DO NOT ATTEMPT IF YOU HAVE SHOULDER PROBLEMS.Here are a couple recipes for healing aromatherapy when you are sick. Keep in mind that eucalyptus is great for opening up sinus passages and Cedar is excellent for clearing your head and helps open sinus passages as well:Dry Cough Pear and Almond SoupIngredients:

  • 5 Ripe Pears
  • 2 quarts water
  • honey
  • fresh mint leaves

Cut pears in half and remove stem and seeds. Chop into small pieces. Place 2 cups of almonds and fruit in water. Bring to boil, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add honey and mint to taste. Drink one to two cups daily to enhance the Lung function and prevent dry coughs.Wei Qi Boost SoupIngredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 pints of water
  • 3 slices of Huang Qi (Chinese vegetable found in Asian markets)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 10 oz. shitake mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. chopped ginger
  • 4 chopped garlic cloves

Place chicken and Huang Qi in water. Bring to boil, simmer 1 hour. Add shiitake, ginger, garlic, and oil. Simmer for 45 minutes or longer.Wind-Cold CureIngredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 chopped scallion
  • 1 Tbsp. miso
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger

Add all ingredients, bring to boil, simmer for 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup every hour. You will begin to sweat, but thats just the bodies way of helping eliminate the toxins that are making you sick.I hope you found this post helpful. If you try these remedies, make sure you come back and tell us if they helped you get over your cold.AddThis Social Bookmark Button

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