Common Cold & Flu Brew
Changeable weather may bring on some really serious colds and influenza as well as other infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. This decoction may be beneficial if taken at the very beginning of a cold or flu attack. This decoction is not suitable for the weak, elderly or very young children. While taking this, it is very important to increase fluids and rest. Keep reading for information on the Wuhan Coronavirus.
The Wuhan Coronavirus generally starts with a cough and sore throat and may escalate to fever, extremely runny and blocked nose, diarrhea and pneumonia. Generally the elderly and those over 50 with pre-existing conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and smokers are at the most risk. Sipping warm water every 15 minutes while awake is thought to prevent Coronaviruses going deeper into the lungs. Other preventative measures are available on consultation. If you suspect that you have it, please contact your GP immediately and be tested. Mortality is low, between 1-2 % only, but contagion is extremely high. Two weeks isolation is essential to prevent more cases developing.
At this point of time children are not showing many symptoms or dying but may be able to carry and spread it. Hand washing especially and gel sanitizing agents are the best defense as well as minimizing close contact with other people (like kissing or handshaking and keeping a 2-3 metre distance). Masks may partially stop an infected person from spreading the coughed or sneezed droplets and a well person from touching their face after coming into contact. Cleaning all surfaces with a disinfectant, especially buttons, knobs, door-handles and wearing disposable gloves in public situations e.g. getting petrol or handling money are also good prevention strategies. It is very important not to touch your face when you are shopping or in other public areas. The more that we can be conscious of these things, the less chance we will have of major sport, entertainment, conference and other cancellations and restrictions caused by the need for public isolation.
6 spring onions, white parts, coarsely chopped
½ a thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
2 sprigs fresh mint
3 lemons, halved
2 whole garlic bulbs (not cloves), chopped in half
(Honey can be added if desired. This can also be used over steamed vegetables for a few days)
Simmer all the ingredients except the mint in 2 litres of water till reduced by half. Add mint, re-boil briefly and drink 1 cup whilst warm. This should make 3 cups to drink over 24 hours. Have a hot shower, hop into bed, use plenty of blankets and sweat it out. Increase your fluid intake. Change clothing as it becomes saturated. Apply tiger balm on the centre of the chest, bottom of the feet and pulse points to increase the effect. Take Vitamin C every 2-3 hours and a zinc tablet as well as a multi-vitamin and olive leaf extract or elderberry tablets (Check with your practitioner if this is right for you first).
Eat simple food for the next few days, especially steamed greens and carrots; avoiding all dairy, deep fried foods, sugary foods and icy (straight from the fridge) drinks or cold smoothies. Add hot water and a little ginger to non-diary smoothies so that they are easier to digest, but don’t overdo them as they may cause loose stools and bloating. Congee is a traditional rice porridge that can be savoury or sweet and is very easy to digest. It is often eaten while convalescing.
If you do not improve in 48 hours, consider making an appointment for a treatment and to get a tailored herbal decoction or capsules that may reduce the severity and duration of your illness.
Isn’t it worth it to reduce your time feeling sick and not working?
You can also get a sickness certificate from a Chinese medicine practitioner.
Breathing exercises are good to strengthen our defensive Qi (Wei Qi) which is mainly formed by the lung Qi and the nourishment from our digestion. The herb Huang Qi (Astragalus) has been used traditionally to boost the immune system. There are many beautiful formulas used in Traditional Chinese Medicine so please inquire with Bayside Chinese Medicine as to how we may help you.
Dressing warmly is very important as the temperature drops. We are much more susceptible to colds and influenza when there are sudden big temperature changes (like autumn and spring) as our bodies struggle to adapt to this. In cold weather our Qi is closer to our internal organs so that they are kept warm and nourished by our blood which becomes thicker. In hot weather our blood thins and our Qi moves to the surface to allow for cooling by sweating; so the pores are open. Open pores can allow for easier penetration by external pathogens (viruses, bacteria etc). It is therefore considered a risk if you have open pores from sweating and are outside in a cold wind to “catching a cold”.
Chinese medicine practitioners are now able to write a letter for your employer if you require time away from work to recover.