Skip to content
Supporting Your Journey To Health Since 1994

Cart

Your cart is empty

Article: How To Sneeze In The 21st Century

How To Sneeze In The 21st Century

The influenza season starts in the late fall, goes through the winter holidays, and tends to peak by the end of January. Last year the flu came early and was predominantly influenza type A, the same type that is expected again this year. The flu usually hits the west coast first and then moves across the country to the east coast.

Flu shot recommendations by the Center for Disease Control have been modified this year. According to a report by the CDC only high-risk individuals should get flu shots due to a shortage. You probably know if you are part of this group that is largely associated with chronic disease and age extremes, both old and young. For more precise information please see <http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldget.htm>. Healthy people from two to 64 years of age are asked to postpone or skip getting a flu shot this year so that available vaccines can go to protect those at greater risk for flu complications.

During this season we would like to add that if you are in the healthy people group, there is still much you can do to protect yourself. The CDC advises that you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Put your used tissue in the wastebasket. Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing by washing with soap and water.

It's easiest to look outside yourself and blame a germ or an allergen. Chinese medicine asks you to focus on where you might be weak and strengthen yourself by building righteous chi. Please ask for a reprint of our June 2004 article, Ways to Build Chi, and we'll be happy to e-mail that to you.

Influenza is a potentially dangerous disease. Even though the health department attempts to include all possible strains in the flu vaccination for the season, this is impossible. Vaccine effectiveness varies from year to year, depending upon the degree of similarity between the strains included in the vaccine and the strain or strains that circulate during the season. Because the vaccine strains must be chosen nine to 10 months before the influenza season, and because influenza viruses mutate over time, sometimes mutations occur in the circulating strains between the time vaccine strains are chosen and the next influenza season is over. These mutations sometimes reduce the ability of the vaccine-induced antibody to inhibit the newly mutated virus, thereby reducing vaccine efficacy.

The focus of the flu shot is to introduce attenuated or deadened forms of the virus into the body that then produces antibodies that can lessen the effect on the body if one indeed contracts the influenza strain. Obviously, this is strain dependent. It requires that the vaccine-included virus be the same or very closely related to the actual virus contracted.

Oriental medicine utilizes a very different technological model in relation to such seasonal invasions. It tends not to focus so much on the pathogenic or invasive factors. Instead, it sees the disease as the result of a combination of factors: the invasive factor and the body's innate strength. The disease is not identified with the symptoms, or with the viral agent, but rather the result of the relationship between the body's constitutional strength and any given invasion. Following this thought form, the eastern view of the invasive factor is not so myopic. We all have experienced times when we are susceptible to cold and flu symptoms based more on individual stress or fatigue rather than on whether we came in contact with a virus. We all have experienced times when people remain quite healthy even though they have been exposed to a virus. Obviously, the sickness was more complicated than simply the virus meets the body. 

Chinese herbal remedies do not try to fight a given virus or condition. They do not try to combat congestion, body aches, or upper respiratory distress directly. Instead, they act as nutritional supplements in the highest sense. Cold Snap™is an herbal formula that is based on these ancient principles. In the face of the coming flu season, keeping yourself strong will prove valuable indeed.

 

Bless YOU.

This is a re-post from October 26, 2004

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

All comments are moderated before being published.

You might also enjoy


Respond, Don’t React


Needling Harmony: Exploring Acupuncture's Path to Vital Energy & Holistic Wellness

Rooted in the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and seamless...


The Art of Cupping: Enhancing Qi Flow and Wellness in TCM

Cupping therapy is an ancient healing technique that alleviates various bodily discomforts, addresses ailments, and boosts immune function. By employing the principles of suction and decompression, this art ...


Chinese Face Mapping: An Ancient Practice for Assessing Health

Chinese Face Mapping is an ancient practice that provides ...


Understanding Gu Syndrome: CIRS and Chronic, Complex Health Issues

In the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), complexity finds simplicity. While the Western medical model relies on a spectrum of testing for diagnosis and chemical medications to alleviate s...


Commitment is Key: How To Optimize The Effectiveness of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicines are designed to treat the root of health issues, resulting in long-lasting benefits. This type of medicine requires commitment, patience, and a willingnes...


TCM Tongue Diagnosis - Understanding Your Health from Your Tongue

The color, texture, and coating of your tongue can reveal valuable insights to your health. Learn more about TCM Tongue Diagnosis in our complete guide.


Liver Qi Stagnation - Warning signs & healing herbs

 In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the liver is considered the organ that is responsible for the smooth flow of qi (vital energy) throughout the body. When this flow is disru...


Spleen Qi Deficiency: The Silent Threat to Your Well-being

Taking care of your body's health and wellness is of the utmost importance. One aspect of this is understanding the importance of a healthy spleen.


The Ultimate Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine - TCM

Learn about Essential Qi, Yin-Yang, and the Five Elements that are central to the TCM philosophy.