What is in Teri’s Medicine Cabinet for the Cold/Flu Season?
- Honey Gardens: Apitherapy Honey Wild Cherry Bark Syrup
- Honey Gardens: Apitherapy Raw Honey
- Bi Yan Pian
- Coconut Oil Pull
- Grape Fruit Seed Extract
- Garlic pills
- Gan Mao Ling
For years every change of season would bring on whatever new virus was out there. Every fall and winter I would be home sick in bed rather than out and about, but not anymore. The key is prevention.
- No more sharing drinks & food with people.
- Purell is great, but washing your hands with soap and hot water is better. You should be soaping up and washing for the duration of the “Happy Birthday Song” (20 Seconds. Check out the CDC website to learn more on “How and when to wash your hands”. http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/
- Keep your hands away from your face and mouth.
- When you go to sneeze or cough do so into your elbow and not your hands. By doing this you are helping others. Coughing into your elbow prevents whatever excrement that came out you from being transferred to someone else’s hand, door knob, keyboard, etc.
- Wipe down your work surface with an anti-bacterial wipe frequently. Especially, your keyboard and phones.
- Acupuncture and Reiki treatments can help to increase your immune system, and decrease stress. How often have you noticed that you get sick when you are stressed out? Reiki is wonderful option since it can be sent as a distance healing, and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home if you are sick.
- Coconut Oil Pull: Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swoosh it around for 15-20min. The benefit of this is that it helps to decrease the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Coconut alone is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.
- Honey Gardens: Apitherapy Raw Honey- Local raw honey has been shown to inoculate you to the local flora. It is great for people with outdoor allergies Do not give this to children!
Chinese Medicine works in two ways. The first is prevention. The second is “venting/ releasing” the “exterior invasion”. Any kind of cold is referred to an exterior invasion in Chinese Medicine. What do you do when something invades? You kick it out.. Chinese herbs will help the bodies natural defenses speed up the process of healing, and decrease some of the symptoms. For more information of the common cold and Chinese Medicine please read http://calandraacupuncture.com/2011/12/common-cold/
As soon as I start to feel the onset of symptoms (headache, neck/shoulder tightness, alternating chills/fever, that over all unwell feeling) I start with this regimen. I recommend you take all of these with food and a full glass of water. I have on more than one occasion given myself heartburn and nausea because I took them on an empty stomach.
Gan Mao Ling– Is good for both wind cold and wind heat. Meaning whether you have a sore throat, or the chills this is a great formula to start AS SOON as you start feeling the onset of symptoms. Sometimes you have to switch formulas depending on how your cold manifests, but this formula will prevent it from getting worse.
Bi Yan Pian– Is good for sinus congestion (especially if it is starting to turn yellow or green).
Grapefruit seed extract– Is known for being both antiviral and antibacterial. It is most effective if you start this as soon as you start feeling symptoms. Please be aware if grapefruit is contraindicated with your current medication then this is not the supplement for you.
Honey Gardens: Apitherapy Honey wild Cherry Bark Syrup & Honey Gardens: ApitherapyRaw Honey- I grouped the both of these together because I tend to take them at the same time. First I take a teaspoon of the raw honey (leaving a little bit on the spoon) then I use the same spoon to take the wild cherry bark syrup. The combination of these two help with respiratory disorders. It helps to loosen up the phlegm in the chest and open the lungs.
Vicks– Laugh if you want.. I have been using Vicks since I was a child, and I swear by it. Vicks is a safer route to go if you are pregnant, or just can not take over the counter medication for congestion. It can help open up the chest and nasal passages. Some people recommend putting it on the bottom of your feet with heavy socks. Personally I have never tried this, but hey when you are miserable it might be worth a try. Here is how I recommend using it. At night have a cup of hot tea (peppermint, chamomile, or ginger) with a little bit of honey and lemon juice. Take your supplements (Gan Mao Ling or Bi Yan Pian. I would not take both at the same time rather space them out a bit). Also, take the raw honey and wild cherry bark. Rub your neck and chest down with Vicks. You can put a small dab under your nose if you like. Then bundle up in you most cozy pajamas and burrow under a pile of blankets. The goal here is to get you to sweat. Repeat if necessary.
Please discuss all of these options with your doctor or acupuncturist prior to starting any herbal regiment. These are not a substitute for medical attention. Should your symptoms get worse or last longer than a few days seek out medical attention. Please be aware of any allergens, contraindications to current medications, if you are pregnant, diabetic, or have high blood pressure. Herbal formulas should be purchased from your acupuncturist or herbalist to ensure the highest quality, and prevent any herb/drug interactions.