Immune System Stimulation
Many Coronavirus prevention articles are seen online now, and many of them have good advice you should follow. However, when it comes to taking PREVENTIVE medicine (taking medicine or herbs when you are not sick), I think that is something you should avoid unless you are in an extremely hard-hit area (like New York, presently). The reason is because taking preventative medicine can break other balance in your body, and while you may prevent one problem, you could create other problems in the process.
One natural way to improve your immune system (besides healthy eating and exercise) is with tai chi; another way is through moxibustion. Without medical knowledge or a doctor's diagnosis, the average person would not be able to tell whether or not moxa is suitable for their situation. However, one thing the average person CAN do is to stimulate/massage their Zusanli (足三里) point with a boiled egg.
Location of Zusanli Point: It is located about 4 fingers below the lateral side of the kneecap. You can also run your finger up the outside of the shin until you find a curve (the same area where the fibula bone meets the tibia); then it would be about an index finger’s-width to the outside (see picture for reference). It's a fleshy area, not hard like bone. You may feel a soreness when pressing this point, and that’s okay.
The point of using the boiled egg is because the heat stimulates that acupoint, and that acupoint stimulates your immune system functions. If you break the egg you’re pushing too hard. If you have thin skin, be careful not to burn yourself. Otherwise, this method is simple and safe for everyone to do at home.
Of course, sunshine, fresh air circulation, drinking plenty of hot water, eating a balanced diet, etc. all help boost your immune system as well, and you can find many other articles on those topics. May God bless you all!
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Jane Rong Rohrs, L.Ac.
Using knowledge of the ages to treat patients in the present.