How many of us, with the coming of winter and colder weather, succumb to the common cold? Sore throat, stuffy nose, fever and chills are all symptoms that accompany a cold, and ones
most of us have come to know so well.
In Chinese medicine, the common cold is seen to be caused by external pathogens invading the body. There are several kinds of external pathogenic factors leading to the common cold. The first is wind-cold, the
second is wind-heat and the third is summer-heat and dampness. Remember, if your immune system is
depressed or under stress then your defenses are less able to fight off a cold or
any pathogenic factors.
During the year long training course specializing in Orthopedics at the Tri-State College of
Acupuncture taught by Andrew Nugent-Head, a significant amount of time was dedicated to
interactive needling sensations. Andrew Nugent-Head is the current authority on the Yin Fu Ba
Gua medical system handed down from Yin Fu to Men Bao Zhen, then to Dr. Xie Pei Qi, which
was taught to Mr. Nugent-Head. During Andrew's lectures, a catalogue of reliable needling
sensations was identified and discussed, in conjunction with the Eight Functions of Qi daily
exercises designed to cultivate Tangible Qi.
Q:I know that the sweet stuff makes me gain weight. But I often find myself having terrible sugar cravings,
especially around the holidays. Do you have any tips to help me break my sugar cravings?
A: You’re not alone. When we feel stressed, we tend to reach out to the cookie jar. And let’s face it.
Holidays can be a stressful time for many people. It’s no wonder we feel that we really "need" those
chocolate brownies to survive the holiday season.
So the first step to curb your sugar cravings is to assess your stress level, and find ways to manage stress on a daily basis. Make sure you get 7–8 hours of sleep every night, exercise, and reduce caffeine and alcohol intake. Mind-body exercises
such as yoga, deep breathing, meditation, qi gong and tai chi are also excellent ways to reduce stress,
calm the mind, and curb sugar cravings.More...
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