TCM is a medical system based on prevention. It aims to harmonize the body with Nature’s ebbs and flows to bring each being into balance. Often times as the seasons change and the weather fluctuates, we see an increase in flu and other viruses. So, how do we prevent ourselves from getting a virus?

A virus is intelligent. Energy is always intelligent. It will only enter your body if it can survive inside your body. So you have to ask yourself two questions: How can I make my body stronger? and How can I change the environment of my body so the virus isn’t attracted to me?

Western medicine looks at the immune system—if your immune system is strong, you can fight a virus. But TCM looks at inner environment. What shape is the body in before the virus chooses to enter? The body doesn’t have to be stronger. It can be different. We are all different. The goal is to be more unique, harmonious and balanced, so if a virus enters, it cannot survive.

In order to be in harmony, every organ in the entire body needs to function at its optimal level. The organs need to energetically communicate with one another. Generally speaking, there are two ways a virus can transport itself: through heat or through cold. For example, a virus that is cold-loving, like many flu strains, thrives in cold. If a person’s body environment is cold, this virus will want to stay there.

So the goal is to change the essence, or the environment, of the body. As the seasons change, don’t be fooled by the temperature outside. Think about the essence of the season. We are in the season of late Winter, and Nature is very slowly making the transition to warmer weather. Don’t let a few warm days fool you! Although the temperature might be warming up, the essence is still cool. A virus will use uses that opportunity to get inside of the body.

Wear clothing that is appropriate for the season and eat warming foods, like ginger and cinnamon, to change the inner environment of your body. Try baking some fresh apples with these warming spices. This is a perfect way to warm your body from the inside.

So what do you do if you start sneezing and realize a virus has made its way in? Immediately take a hot bath and drink ginger tea with brown sugar. If possible also take a baby aspirin. Then go to sleep. You’ll wake up feeling much better.



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4 Responses to Preventing Viruses
  1. This must be an older blog, originally posted in a season of Fall. It’s now late Winter. But I assume the same recommendations would apply now?

  2. What foods and wellness type of activities (like the hot bath in winter) do you do when you are coming out of Summer and nto Autumn to build strong inside body and be more resistant to viruses and colds?
    Autumn tends to be neither really hot or really cold here in Tasmania, though the seasonal change is quite distinct between outgoing summer and incoming autumn with the community definitely seemingly more affected by this change and in Autumn generally with much more sickness beginning to go around during this time after a reasonably steady summer.
    Can you provide some TCM tips?

    • With every seasonal shift the body needs to match the change in frequency. Certain seasons are more difficult for some. During the fall, energy is beginning to turn inward. It’s a time to nourish your digestive system with foods that are harvested in that season. The energetic “message” of those foods is what also feeds the body. Pumpkin, radish, sweet potatoes. Begin to slow down and honor the body’s need to rest.


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