Well, just thought I’d share some stuff with ya’ll since I’m home sick. My husband was actually sick for about 9 days the other week (and he refused to let me needle him or take herbs – yes, he’s stubborn & afraid of needles!). Well, I was resisting the sickness for awhile, but it finally overtook me yesterday. Luckily I’ve got plenty of herbs & I can actually needle myself (in the areas I can reach LOL) so today I feel quite a bit better, but I know tomorrow it should be behind me.
Anyway, after my being sick for 2 days vs. my husband with the same virus for 9 days, I just wanted to share a little about Chinese Medicine since that is what I’m studying & seeing the actual results of on my clinic shifts. There is a formula called Yu Ping Feng San that is translated as “Jade Windscreen”. This is an AWESOME formula to take during the flu season to boost your immune system. Actually many of the ingredients in Airborne are based on this chinese herbal formula. This formula can be taken for an extended amount of time & I take it from about October through Feb/Mar. The last 2 years I didn’t fall sick to any flu despite the fact that the entire winter semesters I was treating patients every week with all forms of the flu. It’s also a great formula to begin taking about a week before flying so you don’t get sick from traveling.
Jade Windscreen should only be taken when you are well in order to boost the immune system. Once you feel like you are coming down with something (cold or flu) you should stop taking this formula until you are well again. The idea is that this is a “tonifying” formula and so you do not want to “tonify” your sickness, make it stronger & sink it deeper into your body. The other reason I like chinese herbs is that they are cheap (unlike western meds).
If you are interested in ordering, you can order through this company without an account (because there are many herbal formulas that you need an acupuncture license to order): http://www.chineseherbsdirect.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=yu+ping+feng+san&osCsid=ea1b41d185c7cac9d6d1eca4d9816822&x=13&y=11
If you’re interested in the biomedical – this formula increases IgG and IgA production, which your immune system needs in order to function at its maximum. It also inhibits the growth of certain influenza viruses and enhances macrophage function. Chinese health authorities recommended this formula to the public for prevention of SARS a few years ago during the SARS scare. Hmm, I may do this more often if my readers are interested! Might as well use this blog to teach every now & then, LOL.