The constant outbreak of avian flu virus infections in people appears not yet under control in many regions and countries. This extremely pathogenic flu infection can turn into a full-blown epidemic with the death toll continuing to rise.
When compared to the common cold, Influenza is a common infectious disease that comes with the changing of the season. September is normally the time many countries are at the onset of autumn. According to the 6 pathogenic factors and 5 elements theory in the development and treatment of sickness, we need to do adequate preventive measures and be alert, treating the disease before it spreads.
According to the Huang Di Nei Jing or The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, influenza is a disease caused by viruses that invade our bodily system. “Body with rich internal energy, cannot be infiltrated by pathogens”. When the human body organs suffer from a disorder, the body’s energy is weak, it has inadequate defensive ability, suffers yin and yang imbalance, or other internal pathogen factors, the external pathogens will invade the body that may affect the normal functions of meridians and body leading to the formation of disease.
We have the “Greatest Level procedure in Preventing Diseases” in traditional Chinese medicine aside from the prevention of disease; it involves addressing the illness before its onset, limiting the risk of becoming disabled, preventing its return; and so on. Enhancing our immune system and possessing a warming effect, Chinese Moxibustion has the ability to prevent and resist the invasion of the influenza virus. Heat from moxibustion stimulates the corresponding meridians and acupoints can treat fatigue, cough, fever, and other symptoms caused by the flu curing the illness immediately.
Listed below are the 5 fundamental acupoints in moxibustion therapy to help prevent the rise of influenza:
1. Li 4 (Hegu): for alleviating external syndrome; treating aversion to cold, fever, and headaches; alleviating pain; curing of influenza; eliminating cold; dispelling wind; clearing up heat; and adjusting blood and qi flow. This point is commonly used to treat damp and cold.
2. Bl 13 (Feishu): moxibustion therapy on Bl13 points acupoints is used to boost pulmonary function. This is a series of important acupoints to treat respiratory disease.
3. Li 11 (Quchi): Dashui and Quchi are a series of acupoints designed to strengthen the immune function of the body. Their uses are to better the circulation of collaterals and meridians, alleviate tendon and muscle stiffness, relieve external syndrome, and eliminating heat from the body.
4. Gv 14 (Dashui): important acupoint for treating fever, has a regulatory effect on yin and yang, eliminating pathogenic factors, enhance the resistance of the body. relieves headaches, and prevents influenza.
5. St 36 (Susanli): enhances the immunity which is the initial step in the prevention of influenza. This point prevents the infiltration of pathogen that attack the body. The St 36 point is an important acupoint in Chinese medicine used to stimulating the body and mind. In Traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion therapy application on the St 36 can boost disease resistance, improve body immunity, conditions the abdomen and spleen and stomach, nourish the middle burner area and energy, stimulate the collaterals and meridians, disperse dampness and clear wind. It used to strengthen body resistance to kill pathogenic factors