Preventing disease is the basis of Chinese medicine; the Neijing, an ancient TCM medical texts states,
“To administer medicines to diseases which have already developed and to suppress revolts which have already developed is comparable to the behaviour of those persons who begin to dig a well after they have become thirsty, and of those who begin to make their weapons after they have already engaged in battle. Would these actions not be too late?”
Chinese Medicine views a lowered immune system as an insufficiency of Wei Qi. Your body’s ability to defend against external pathogens, like colds or other infectious diseases, is dependent on the strength of your Wei Qi. Your Wei Qi circulates around the surface of the body.
The two organs that play an important role in the functioning of your Wei Qi, are the Lungs and the Spleen.
The Spleen is responsible for the transformation and transportation of the food and fluids we consume. Therefore, if this organ isn’t functioning adequately there are issues with digestion and absorption of nutrients. Over time, this will lead to a weakening of our Wei Qi, which will make us more prone to illnesses.
The Lung is our most exterior organ as it opens to the skin, so if the function of the Lungs is compromised we become more exposed to external pathogens. Leading to the development of disease.
When there is an insufficiency of Qi and blood in the body, all our internal organs are compromised and we become more susceptible to disease.
How can Chinese Medicine help?
Acupuncture and Herbal medicine help nourish the organs, like the Lung and Spleen to help support our Wei Qi. The treatments focus on treating the symptoms associated with your illness, and also the underlying deficiencies that are causing your recurring cold or flu!
Chinese dietary and lifestyle advice is important as well, so suggestions like;
- Eating warm foods and soups
- Avoiding all types of cold foods
- Avoiding increased stress
- Allowing your body to rest and get enough sleep
- Always keeping warm especially your feet
Will all help support your body’s Wei Qi and boost your immune system!
Georgia Fong is an Acupuncturist at our Rozelle Clinic. She practices on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Georgia is interested in treating a variety of different areas of health, including musculoskeletal conditions involving pain management and recovery, women’s health, digestive disorders and overall general wellbeing.