Why the importance of "Winter Disease Summer Cure" treatments?
One of the main treatment principles of TCM consists of the phrase "Dong Bing Xia Zhi (冬病夏治), which literally translates to "Winter Disease Summer Cure." In other words, the best way to prevent Winter-related health conditions such as colds, flus, asthmas, etc. is to strengthen and take care of your health and immune function during the Summer! This principle originally came from an ancient Chinese text called The Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine from the 3rd century BCE. Several thousand years of clinical practice has taught us that the foundation of optimal health lies in the prevention of disease (click for previous blog on prevention is cure).
Building a foundation for a healthy immune system that is primed and ready to defend when needed can take 2 to 3 months of consistent acupuncture and herbal treatments, proper diet, adequate sleep and rest, and an overall healthy lifestyle.
We are now offering our special "Winter Disease Summer Cure" Prevention Treatment Package! Our package includes the following:
3 weekly acupuncture treatments combined with special mugwort herb patch taped onto specific points along the Urinary Bladder channel on the back. The most optimal time this year to do these treatments is during the following weeks when yang energy is at its peak:
July 16th - July 25th
July 26th - August 5th
August 6th - August 15
Although these are the most important dates to come in for treatment, we recommend repeating this program every month leading up to flu season.
and/or Cupping technique along the back to strengthen immune system function and draw toxins or viruses o the skin's surface where they can more easily be released
Chinese herbal teas to strengthen the immune system, balance constitution, and expel existing viruses or pathogens from the body. depending on your constitution and stage of illness, we have three main formulas:
Fu Zheng (Support Righteous Qi) Formula: Primary prevention formula to strengthen immune function. Contains Astragalus (Huang Qi), which is well-known for its adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immune boosting properties. Also contains anti-viral herbs such as Honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua) and Forsythia Flower (Lian Qiao).
Qu Shi (Eliminate Dampness) Formula: Patchouli, citrus peel, perilla leaf, hawthorn berry, and coriander seeds help to improve digestive function and eliminate damp heat stagnation from the intestines. Great for those with Candida or yeast issues in the gut. Forsythia fruit and Isatis root have antiviral function and help to clear toxic heat from the Lung channel.
Qing Du (Clear Toxicity) Formula: Our strongest formula for clearing toxic heat from the Lung channel. Great for sore throat, thirst, fever, headache and muscle aches. Contains Skullcap root to clear Damp Heat and reduce inflammation, Kudzu root to nourish the fluids and relax the muscles, Isatis root for antiviral function, and Gypsum to clear Lung heat.
Personalized nutrition advice based on your TCM constitution
Call our front desk to set up an appointment and ask about package or individual session pricing! As always, we wish everyone good health.