Though many of us don’t want to admit it, fall is just around the corner. You can feel it in the air early in the morning, before the last days of summer sun break through. While fall brings many wonderful things – crisp cool air, changing leaves, yummy root vegetables, and the routine that many miss during the summer, it also brings colds and flus and runny noses as the weather gets cooler. Many people now that acupuncture can be a useful therapy to shorten duration of symptoms of a cold, especially when treatment is received at the early stages of the cold. But did you know that acupuncture can also prevent colds from occurring?
From an acupuncture perspective, your body is made up of lots of different kinds of Qi, or natural energy. These different types of Qi have specific physiological functions in the body. One essential type of Qi is the Wei Qi. Roughly translated as “immunity”, the Wei Qi is your body’s natural strength and ability to fight off pathogens like viruses and bacteria. The Wei Qi, also called “protective Qi” flows in the space between the skin and muscles, and is the first line of defense against sickness (after your skin.) The Wei Qi also controls the opening and closing of the pores, so spontaneous sweating is a sign of a weakness in your protective Qi. (A lack of sweating can also indicate that the Wei Qi is in trouble – this is because if it is weak, external pathogens can block the pores and inhibit its function, thereby making us sick.)
When the Wei Qi is not strong enough, we are not able to fight off outside pathogens, and we get sick.
So, how to you make sure your Wei Qi is healthy and strong?
The time to start preventative acupuncture treatments is now - as the days start to get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Don't wait until everyone you know is sick - come in sooner rather than later and boost your Wei Qi heading into the fall!