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Health Care During Change of Season

Updated: Jun 7, 2018


Hot summer is gone, and although the wind blows day in and out and the weather without signs of humidity may seem refreshing, the dry air and wide daily temperature difference can endanger the health. During morning treatments, recently, there has been many patients sniffling, sneezing nonstop, or having clear runny nose even though they do not have a cold.


These symptoms generally are shown in spring and fall, when there is wide range of daily temperature. The symptoms disappear during the day when the temperature rises, but they show up in the morning and night when the temperature drops rapidly. If these symptoms are commonly shown during change of season, then maintenance of the immune system is very important. Immune system is like a protective guard, so good maintenance of the immune system guarantees prevention of disease, and even if one does get sick, recovery is quick. Let us observe lifestyle habits that can strengthen the immune system.


First, ensure well-regulated sleep. Sleeping before eleven o' clock in the evening and having seven to eight hours of sleep is highly recommended. Variety of hormones are diffused through the body while we are sleeping, regenerating cells and recovering damaged cells. Eleven o' clock to three in the morning is the most active time period. Sleep helps in relieving exhaustion built up throughout the day and in restoring energy; however, lack of quality and quantity of sleep can confuse the immune system, and chronic insomnia decreases the body's immunity. Thus, the body is more prone to getting variety of diseases and chronic inflammatory disease.


Second, stress is the root of all diseases, the culprit of the immunity decline. Find ways to avoid stress on your own, and positive attitude and thinking can increase your immunity.


Third, cardio exercises for three to five times a week for more than thirty minutes that strengthens the respiratory system is highly recommended. Walk, high, jog lightly, swim, and do similar exercises until you are out of breath and sweat. Regulated workout activates the metabolism, increases cellular activity, elevates blood circulation, and increases basal metabolic rate (BMR). Exercise also helps in regulating stress levels, killing two birds with one stone. On the contrary, excessive workout can actually worsen health. If you feel fatigue and pain after workout, decrease workout time, and gradually increase the time and intensity.


Fourth, have a well-balanced diet with various kinds of food at regulated times without skipping a meal. People ask whether they should eat special kind of food to increase their immunity. Rather than insisting on eating those kind of exclusive food, ingesting fresh seasonal vegetables and protein is highly recommended.


Lastly, no smoking and no drinking. Smoking aggravates respiratory function, and so catching a cold or other respiratory disease becomes easy. Excessive drinking strains the liver, overly consumption of vitamins, minerals, and proteins during the process of decomposing alcohol can weaken immunity and delay recovery once exposed to a disease.


The following are herbal tea and acupressure points to prevent the common cold during change of season: Steep dry ginger in boiling water, and add honey or cinnamon to your liking. Ginger warms your body, promotes sweating to prevent the cold, and it is effective in early stage of cold. Chrysanthemum tea is good for sore throat and headache, and Schisandra tea good for phlegm and cough.


"Feng Chi Point" acupressure is to prevent common cold. Look for a depression or concave area behind the neck where the head appears, next to two thick muscles. Massage the acupuncture point with both index fingers. "Feng Chi" or "Wind Pool" is place where bad energy resides when one catches the common cold. When you feel chills, stimulation on this area will resolve it. Frequent stimulation can help prevent common cold.











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