All living things have a protective layer to keep out what Chinese medicine calls "evil pernicious influences". Take a walk through the woods or your local produce aisle. Flowers have thorns, fruits have rinds, nuts and legumes have shells and husks, animals emit odors and sprays. Many often camouflage themselves to blend into their environment. Observe nature, it will always inform you.
Our protective qi (wei qi) circulates on our skin, regulates the opening and closing of our pores, and protects us from pathogens. In western terms we might call this our immune system. When our protective qi is resilient our defenses are strong. When it is weak we are more susceptible to illness.
Living in NYC can be a challenge on both a physical and psycho/spiritual level. Whether it's the germs from sharing a crowded, stuffy subway or the emotional toxins in a stressful or negative environment, we are all susceptible to external influences.
All living beings share the same instincts to protect and nurture themselves so that they remain resilient. What do you practice daily to insure your well being?
Here are a few simple tools to add to your holistic healthcare arsenal which focus on maintaining a strong immune system . . .
HOME MADE BROTHS are rich in minerals and amino acids. They support detoxification & digestion, support the adrenals, and build bone and teeth health. Drink a cup daily to insure for a healthy winter . . .
A few simple QI GONG exercises to activate your Lungs' protective qi . . .
If you do feel a cold coming on NIP IT IN THE BUD with Miso Soup & Scallions. This is one of the first recorded Chinese herbal formulas from "Emergency Formulas to Keep up One's Sleeve" written by the Chinese doctor Ge Hong (283-243 CE). It works beautifully !
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