Updated: Jan 31, 2021
Start an immune boosting, cold and flu prevention herbal formula. Stay on this formula until the flu season ends. Your practitioner will decide which formula is best for you. This is especially important for adults and children with a weakened immune system, a history of frequent illnesses, fatigue, and stress.
Get plenty of sleep every night. Aim for at least 8 hours. Fall is dominated by the metal element (Lung and Large Intestine meridians) and winter by the water element (Kidney and Bladder meridians). You can support them through light exercise, meditation, rest, and by being gentle with yourself.
Exercise and spend time outside everyday.
Stimulate Stomach 36 often by rubbing or pressing the acu-point. It is located a hands-width beneath your knee and on the outer edge of your shin bone. Often you can feel a slight depression in that area. You can also talk to your acupuncturist about a warming technique called moxibustion, which is a treatment you can do at home to boost your immune system.
Eat root vegetables, beans, whole grains, soups and stews to keep you strong and warm.
Be aware that food sensitivities (gluten, soy, eggs, nuts, etc.) can add to general inflammation in the body. It is best to avoid these all year, but especially during the cold and flu season.
Avoid sugar, which reduces your ability to fight infection.
Avoid dairy if you are prone to excess mucus or cysts.
Wear a scarf to protect the body from a Wind Invasion (common cold, influenza, or sore throat). Keep your upper body covered and warm to prevent tight and achy muscles.
Wash your hands often and avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.