December 25, 2021
Busting myths about the cold and flu
We might catch a flu or cold several times a year. If the symptoms are mild, we might not need to consult the doctor. While some of us might get over-the-counter medicines from pharmacies, some would rely on traditional remedies, and this is how certain myths gained steam.
Myth 1: Drinking chicken soup cures a flu or cold
👩🏻💼💼 Chinese physician: From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, chicken is warm in nature and can nourish the qi and the blood. Hence, chicken soup is also of a similar nature. Consuming nourishing food before getting rid of the exogenous pathogenic factors would further trap the latter in the body, thus aggravating the health condition. Hence, avoid drinking chicken soup when we catch a cold.
Myth 2: Taking supplements can boost immunity to combat viruses
👩🏻💼💼 Chinese physician: We should not consume nourishing food when we are ill, as our body cannot absorb them efficiently. If we do so, we would increase the burden of the spleen and stomach, trapping the pathogenic factors in the body. Therefore, we should only consume supplements when we have recovered or when we are healthy.
Myth 3: Warm lemon coke is a cure for flu and cold
👩🏻💼💼 Chinese physician: Patients would normally experience appetite loss. Some people came up with the idea of adding hot lemon juice to coke and claimed it as a remedy for flu and cold. In reality, this concoction is no different from any sweet soup that will only add calories to the body and induce phlegm production. It is better for us to consume a glass of warm lemon water.
Myth 4: Exercise and sweat it out to speed up our recovery
👩🏻💼💼 Chinese physician: When we are sick, we should get enough rest. Sweating it out to eliminate viruses from the body is a misconception. The body requires vital qi to combat against the pathogenic factors, so we should not exhaust the body further. Even individuals who exercise regularly should rest well when they are feeling under the weather.
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