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Wind Damp Invades the Jersey Shore!

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Wind Damp Invades the Jersey Shore!

Enacting Self-Care for Prevention of Colds and Flus

It’s been awfully cold and damp here at the Jersey Shore sending many to seek treatment for their colds and flus that just won’t quit! More and more people are looking to prevent illness and recover more quickly without the aid of antibiotics. We read a lot about how important the immune system is to maintaining health - preventing colds and flus - adapting to the world around us. When the body is in an optimal state of health, it is much more available to fight off pathogens.

I wanted to take the time to share with you my favorite prevention tactics.


Eat with the Season!

Focus on foods supporting the Lungs and Stomach and eliminate processed foods,

Eat whole foods.   Root vegetables are especially good for the earth element organs (spleen and stomach) while apples & pears (especially nourishing when gently poached) support the Lungs. Avoid Phlegmatic foods such as Dairy, Eggs and Glutinous Grains.


Get Spicy!

It’s cold outside! Use warming spices to get micronutrients as well as keep the body warm from the inside out. Spices such as ginger and cinnamon are also potent phlegm busters. Perfect for this time of year! Boil whole ginger and cinnamon for 5 minutes to make a potent brew! For more specific ailments such as cough or congestion - contact the office to see what’s right for you.


Don’t forget your probiotics!

Remember:  Gut health = Immune health. Using a high quality probiotic can also mitigate any nasty side effects if for some reason you need to use an antibiotic for an infection. Even making a warm miso soup with seaweed can be a wonderful way to boost the immune system everyday.


Take care of your skin!

In Chinese medicine, the Lungs are directly related to the skin. Try Dry Skin Brushing (http://acuevolution.com/blog/the-lymph-system-dry-skin-brushing?rq=dry%20skin)  and Epsom Soaks & Scrubs (http://acuevolution.com/blog/creamy-lemon-geranium-body-scrub?rq=epsom) to gently detoxify the body without overdoing it.


Steam Your Way to Health!

This has been essential preventative care for me. I often see patients in the throws of head colds and coughs and need to stay healthy all year long. We sell wonderful ‘Wind Cold Drops’ in the office. This potent blend of essential oils (antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal) clears away any lurking pathogens in the sinus spaces when used in a steam bath. Contact the office to learn more!

Remember Chinese medicine differentiates colds and flus in many different ways - to understand how to treat your specific ‘Wind Cold’ contact our office the moment you begin to feel illness invading.

Always consult your healthcare provider in the event of illness.

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Creating a Foundation for Emotional Health

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Creating a Foundation for Emotional Health

Emotional stresses in life can cause a myriad of physiological symptoms. Undue stress aggravates chronic illness, taxes the nervous system and other bodily systems including the circulatory and digestive system. In order to cultivate our physical health, we also must work to cultivate our emotional health and our emotional response to stress.

Emotions versus Feelings

Often times, there can be confusion for people differentiating emotions from feelings and word to the wise - they are two different animals all together. Emotions are an unconscious expression often triggered by past experiences, common emotions can be inappropriate joy, fear, abandonment, and anger. Feelings are a bodily felt sense and a conscious expression, for example telling a loved one how you feel about them.  Our end goal in differentiating between triggering emotions and conscious feelings is to make our day to day interactions and stresses less reactive and more proactive - thus less stressful.  As we work toward cultivating emotional and thus physical health, we need to create a strong foundation onto which we can build.


Know Your Needs

Be specific and write these down. Do this on a regular basis.

Needs can change from day to day and moment to moment. Create regular check-ins with yourself and make sure you know what your needs are. These may be as simple as:

  • Eat 3 healthy meals a day
  • Get 8 Hours of Sleep
  • Connect with my Partner Daily

Needs will vary from person to person, but starting with the basics is a wonderful starting point to building your Emotional Foundation.


Reach Out to Your Essential Others

Your ‘Essential Others’ - these are other essential people in your life. They may be spouses, children, close friends, spiritual leaders or community members. These are people that are in essential relationships with you that need to be cultivated, cared for and maintained. Reach out to your ‘Essential Others’ and get to know what their needs are. Begin a dialogue of direct communication and how you can meet each other's needs or compromise on ways to grow your relationship in a healthy and productive way. 


Create Resilience and Strength

Even with a strong foundation, life will surely throw you curve balls. It is during these pain points that we are being called to do further emotional or spiritual work. Ask yourself certain questions to deepen your understanding of yourself and those around you:

  • What lessons can be learned from this situation?
  • How can I get back closer to equilibrium?
  • What specific steps do I need to take?
  • How have my needs and those of my ‘essential others’ changed ?

Emotional health can be a struggle for many and building a strong foundation and resilient mindset can be deeply rewarding on many levels. But remember it is a practice that takes time and effort to cultivate.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their emotional health there are many great local resources. Contact your healthcare provider today for an appropriate referral.

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