Preparing for Spring

After a long, wet, dark and cold winter, many people are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. It is a beautiful time when flowers begin to bloom, but it can also be a troublesome time for many people. This is because the coming of the season of spring also brings with it the season of allergies, with symptoms such as itching, running nose, sneezing, red eyes, headaches and fatigue being especially common. But, if you set out to prevent it, it becomes much easier to endure the worst spring can bring.

How can we prevent the above symptoms? The key is to improve our immunity. Traditional Chinese medicine says “ when vital Qi is sufficient, pathogens can not invade; otherwise, when a sickness occurs, the vital Qi is certainly deficient.

There are some simple steps you can follow:

  1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Partake in regular exercise, get adequate sleep, eat a healthy and balanced diet and minimize stress.
  2. Keep the body warm. In spring, the temperature fluctuates but generally remains very low. It is best to wear coats and jackets even if the day appears sunny and bright.
  3. Drink Chinese herbal teas of Astragli, Ginseng, Goji berries, ginger or other formulas. Such teas are beneficial for your health. For example, the Yu Peng Fei San tea can help boost the body’s immune system. You can consult a qualified Chinese Herbal practitioner to find one suitable for you.
  4. Receive acupuncture or cupping treatment. Acupuncture and cupping help balance Yin and Yang as well as harmonize Qi and Blood and improving blood circulation, thereby enhancing immunity and relieving inflammation.