Surviving Christmas with Traditional Chinese
While Christmas can be a magical time, it can also be a
very stressful and hectic period. Here are some ancient
Chinese remedies and self-help tips to see you through.
Chinese Herbal Help in your Kitchen
Often a cold can strike when you least need it - if you
have the beginnings of a cold, why not try the ancient
Chinese herb Sheng Jian. Sheng Jian is Ginger Root, and
can be taken as a tea to ward off colds and clear phlegm.
Cut off a piece of ginger around the size of a thumb nail
and crush or chop it into boiling water. You can combine
it with Green Tea, or sliced lemon and honey. The tea will
warm you, and open your pores to enable you to sweat out
the cold before if fully takes hold, and clear the sinuses
and chest. Take several mugs in the early stages. (Ginger
is also good for an upset stomach if you have
overindulged.) Another Chinese herb that can fight a cold
is Cong Bai – also known as Scallion or Spring Onion. Chop
some into a bowl of Miso soup and sip away.
Nei Guan is an acupuncture point that is extremely useful
for an upset stomach, or overstretched digestive system.
It is also a very calming point. Locate this point on the
lower arm, three finger-breadths up from the wrist and
between the two central tendons. Press for 5-10 minutes to
stimulate the point.
Tai Chong is a point on the top of the foot that is
good for an over-stressed Liver. If you have overindulged
give yourself a massage between the first and second toes
to help your Liver move out those toxins.
Headache from screaming children? Yintang is located
between the eyebrows. It is useful in clearing headaches,
and in calming the spirit - ideal for stressful
Of course if you can find time, do book an
appointment for an acupuncture or tuina massage treatment
to keep your immunity strong, your digestion working, and
your spirit calm.