Extracts from article by By Bryan McMahon
National University of Natural Medicine,
College of Classical Chinese Medicine
FIRST AND FOREMOST, PROTECT THE MIDDLE.
A virus must find the appropriate terrain within which to take hold and replicate. This particular one seems to prefer damp, stagnant conditions. This means adjusting dietary choices to prevent damage to the Spleen and Stomach yang qi by eating lighter, easy to digest, mostly warm, cooked foods. Visiting the supermarket yesterday, I noticed that the very foods we should be cutting back on were the ones that had been completely bought out, namely milk, yogurt and eggs.
- Cut back on or completely avoid processed foods, sweets, beer, and any cold and frozen items from the refrigerator.
- Augment meal prep with plenty of fresh herbs and fragrant spices. If juicing is part of your daily health regimen, stick mostly to vegetable juices and supplement with fresh ginger, turmeric, pepper, parsley, coriander and small amounts of garlic.
- Keep up with basic daily supplements like probiotics, Vitamins C and D and trace minerals.
MAINTAIN APPROPRIATE DAILY EXERCISE.
Exercise helps alleviate all forms of stagnation, dispel constrained heat through sweating and keep the surface open to alleviate pressure on the respiratory system.
Those with an established exercise routine should stick with it; those who don’t can start with something as simple as brisk walking 30-60 mins a day.
If you feel more comfortable exercising at home, there are a number of YouTube channels dedicated to body weight interval training circuits, yoga and calisthenics; 30-45 mins of sustained elevated heart rate and a light sweat is sufficient.
MAKE TIME FOR AT LEAST ONE EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP EVERY DAY.
With all of the cancellations and closings going on, invest that time in recharging your vitality extending that opportunity for the Kidney to store. Sleep is the foundation of immunity; aim for 8-9 hours of good quality sleep each night and schedule in a short nap period during the day.
LASTLY, REMAIN PRESENT AND GROUNDED IN THE FACE OF GENERALISED ANXIETY AND UNREST.
Traditionally, Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of the intimate connection between spirit (神 shen) and essence (精 jing) as the foundation for the orderly function of vital qi. When the spirit is strongly identified with essence, meaning we are calmly present and attuned to our life situation, immunity will flourish. Our body’s natural discerning wisdom will clearly distinguish what is you from what is not and your immune system will take action accordingly. Nothing disturbs the clarity of this integration of mind and body like the cascading effects of continuous adrenal stimulation brought on by fear and panic. The simple fact is that while highly communicable, the virulence and mortality risk associated with this virus is fortunately low for otherwise healthy individuals. News and social media rely largely on a negative emotional response in order to keep their audience engaged; try not to get caught up in this circle of fear and frustration.
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