2. Gua Sha -- Traditional Chinese skin brushing.
This technique is great for the early stage of illness, as well as cough or asthma. Common areas to brush include the upper chest, upper back and lung channels. The scraping method helps to vent pathogens by opening the pores and releasing heat and toxins before they get deeper in the body. Look for videos on YouTube to better understand this practice. Gua Sha tools and liniments are available at the clinic or online.
3. Chinese Herbs --
There are many different patterns that can distinguish how to treat the common cold and many different herbal formulas that can help with prevention and help stop the pathogen in its tracks. You can schedule an herbal consult to know which formulas are best for you to keep handy in the medicine cabinet.
4. Dress for the Weather --
Stay bundled up and follow grandmotherly, common sense advice. Keep your head, neck, and feet warm during the winter season. These are the areas where pathogens like to creep in. A scarf, hat, and gloves go a long way to protect the body. Try layering with wool and avoiding cotton in order to wick away moisture and keep the body warm. Traditionally, keeping the kidney area warm is also recommended.
5. Take Your Vitamins --
- Kimberly Brown, L.Ac.