Prone to Winter Illness? Why You Should Seek Preventative Treatment Now
Q: What does it mean to treat winter diseases in summer?
A: The treatment of winter disease in summer refers to the treatment of diseases that commonly occur or are easily aggravated in a cold winter climate, such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, chronic diarrhea, etc. The purpose is to prevent the recurrence and aggravation of the disease in the coming winter and promote early recovery. More than two thousand years ago, there was a saying in Huangdi's canon of internal medicine that the wise doctor preventatively treats disease before it is formed. The treatment of winter disease in summer belongs to the category of traditional preventive medicine.
Q: What is the principal for the treatment of winter diseases in summer?
A: Traditional Chinese Medicine pays attention to the correspondence between human and nature. It believes that human is also a part of nature and interacts with nature. The Qi is vital energy of the body, it flows through meridian to the whole body. However, when a blockage arises the organs do not get the proper amount of Qi, leads to imbalance, pain and disease. Newly live in spring, growing in summer, harvesting in autumn and storing in winter is the law of natural development, and following this law, the Yang Qi of human body changes in the four seasons of the year. The theory of "nourishing Yang Qi in spring and summer, nourishing Yin in autumn and winter" is carried out in the health preservation and clinical treatment of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Nourishing Yang Qi not only refers to warming and nourishing Yang Qi, but also means adjusting Yang Qi.
Summer is the hottest time of the year. The skin’s pores are fully opened, the Yang Qi is active, and the Qi and blood flow is accelerated. At this time, taking Chinese medicine or applying acupoint therapy is likely to achieve the expected therapeutic effect as the body’s condition is conducive to the infiltration and absorption of drugs. Some chronic pain can be relieved after being treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for a period of time, but cannot be eradicated completely. If we intensify the treatment in summer, we can get twice the result with half the effort in winter. This is also because in the heat of summer, the Yang Qi reaches its peak.
Q: When is the best time to treat winter disease in summer?
A: As the name suggests, the preventative treatment of winter disease can be carried out in summer, but the best time is during the “dog days”. This year, they begin on July 16th and end on August 24th, so a total of 40 days.
Q: Who is most suited for the treatment of winter disease in summer?
A: This type of treatment is suitable for the following conditions, among others:
1) Chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, , allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, chronic pharyngitis, frequent colds;
2) Chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, chronic enteritis, intestinal dysfunction;
3) Cervical spondylosis, back lumbar muscle strain, scapulohumeral periarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis of the knee;
4) Eczema, urticaria;
5) Dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, pregnancy preparation, impotence
Q: What are the common ways to treat winter disease in summer?
A: There are many treatment methods to choose from based on the patient’s condition and they may be used in combination. These include Traditional Chinese Medicine (herbal medicine), acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, blood-letting therapy, scraping (Guasha) therapy, Tuina massage, plaster acupoint application therapy, summer cream formula, embedding thread, and drug injections.
Q: Is it enough to treat winter disease once in summer and only during the dog days?
A: Generally the treatment is most effective if used for 3 summers in a row. However, even with treatment during the dog days one year, the patient will likely feel better and be healthier.
Q: What should we pay attention to during the treatment of winter disease in summer?
A: Along with the treatment, patients can do things to support good health during this time. For example, they should eat a reasonable and balanced diet; avoid raw and cold food. Do some moderate exercise. Try to go to bed earlier, by about 11 o'clock is a good option. The body needs to get proper rest and stay in alignment with the day and night cycle which also means trying to wake up earlier in the morning. Be careful about overusing air conditioning; try to open the windows to get some fresh air. Do not dress too coolly; you might want to wear thin, wicking fabrics but be sure you are not underdressed especially when in air conditioning.
Q: I have trouble with back pain. I heard that moxibustion is very good for this. Should I do moxibustion treatment?
A: Although moxibustion has therapeutic effects for those with chronic pain and a deficient cold constitution during the dog days, we suggest a medical consultation to ensure the most appropriate treatment.