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Protection From Colds, Flus, Viruses

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In past blogs, I mentioned some great ways for protecting and strengthening the Lung function as this is the time of year (September 21st-December 21st) when it will be at its weakest. Today, I will write about more healthy hacks for the Lungs that will help provide us protection from colds, flus, and viruses.

A daily practice of Self-Massage (DO-IN), which involves activating certain acupressure points along the Lung meridian line, is my main go-to to accomplish this, but also diet, particular breathing techniques, and simply letting go of all that is weighing us down in our lives, can be highly beneficial to the Lung function.

Due to past transgressions in my younger years, it is now very important that I pay special attention to protecting, balancing, and strengthening my Lungs.

Today, I want to share some other ways to strengthen the Lungs that I have found to be very effective over the years.

Dry skin brushing

According to Eastern medicine, our skin is controlled by our Lungs so the opening and closing of skin pores are the Lung's responsibility. When the Lungs aren't functioning as they should, the pores can trap elements that cause skin conditions. Dry brushing is a great way to open the pores and have a positive effect on the Lungs.

The Large Intestine is involved as well because dry skin brushing stimulates the lymph canals to empty mucoid matter into the Large Intestine to help cleanse the entire lymphatic system and detoxify the blood and other tissues.

If you aren't doing it already, dry brush your skin every day for just a few minutes (twice a day if you're feeling tired, toxic, or ill).

Protection from Colds, Flus, Viruses

We will start to experience more cold and wind this time of year so it is very important to protect ourselves from external pathogens entering our bodies and creating what's called "wind invasions" – viruses, colds and flu, etc., so make sure that your neck is always protected.

I find it best to wear a scarf -outdoors especially, but even indoors if the room temperature is low. This is especially true for those in the "autumn" of their lives as they may be more susceptible to wind and cold.

Eucalyptus Oil Steam

This has been a mainstay of mine for years and is very effective. At the first sign of any Lung congestion, put some high-quality eucalyptus oil in hot to lightly boiling water, and inhale the steam into your Lungs. You can repeat this 2-3 times/day if necessary.

Slowing Down and Relaxing

In general, now is the time to contain ourselves in order to conserve and build our overall Chi (energy), being aware to act and speak less, exerting our will from a more tranquil and peaceful place, and allowing for our energies to go inward.

Also, as this is the time of year when we transition from the Yang of Summer to the Yin of the Winter months, it is highly beneficial to relax in the evening hours, and not allow for too much stimulation.

Try turning off technology 2-3 hours before you go to sleep. Warm salt baths are great, and soft, relaxing music and dimming the lights as we prepare for sleep will allow for a deeper regeneration.