Chinese Medicine in Late Summer: Preventing Colds
The down time after the summer rush of visiting friends, family and taking vacations, different schedules with a lot of last-minute changes, and the weather differences all make us susceptible to colds. I see a lot of kids and even a few adults who are starting to get colds- we don’t realize that even though the amazing summer months are fun and full of freedom, the lack of routine and late summer nights around the fire start to catch up when the summer winds down.
Eating schedules are always different in the summertime, and the abundance of food the warm weather offered brought so many delicious delights of the garden. However, now is the time to make the switch from green salads with something a little warmer, like a root vegetable side or nourishing soup. Yes- the time for ice cream has passed, my friends. Start thinking about a nice warm fruit crisp for a sweet end of summer treat. The farmers markets are still full of amazing and delicious
Ideas to avoid catching a cold right now:
-Take a supplement- I like Health Concerns Astra C which includes Astragalus (huang qi), zinc and vitamin C. I recommend this formula for patients who are teachers, frequently fly for work, or have low immune systems. If you already have a cold, Gam Mao Ling is my next favorite patent herb.
-Get regular acupuncture. BEFORE the symptoms start! Acupuncture helps boost your immune system naturally, but if you already have a cold or cold symptoms, it helps the symptoms pass more quickly.
-Keep covered up (use a scarf!), and dress appropriately for the weather. The mornings and evenings are becoming chilly, so don’t forget to keep little ones dressed warmly.
- Be sure to wash your hands after blowing your nose and cover when you cough! Those who are around small children know how fast germs can spread.
Be well and have a wonderful late summer!