December 17, 2019







Preventing winter related diarrhea
Winter flu season is coming. You may experience cold wind flu symptoms such as aversion to cold, headache, itchy throat, coughing, white phlegm, stuffed nose, and clear mucus. Cold pathogens invade the spleen and stomach that will lead to difficulty circulating fluids, and may even cause vomiting and diarrhea. The stool of cold wind diarrhea is relatively thin, the smell is not strong, and it is accompanied by abdominal bloating and abdominal pain. You can alleviate these symptoms by warming the body and dispeling cold. You should appropriately consume ingredients that can dispel cold and warm the stomach, such as ginger tea, fried rice water. Avoid eating cold natured cold/raw food, tonic and oily foods, such as banana, pear, honey, watermelon, bitter gourd, cucumber, most seafood to not aggravate the cold wind symptoms.
In addition to dietary adjustments, you can press on the union valley (he gu), tian shu point (celestial pivot) and zu san li point to enhance digestive system functions and improve the symptoms of cold wind diarrhea.
People whose stomach is easily invaded by cold wind should pay attention to keep warm during winter, especially the stomach and lower back muscles, because these parts can lead to abdominal pain and diarrhea when cold.

Acupoints to strengthen the spleen and stomach:
Union Valley (He Gu) Point
Effects: alleviates stomach discomfort symptoms, nausea, vomiting, headache.
Location: between the thumb and index finger, right next to the second metacarpal bone
Usage: gently press on it and also rotate around in small circles with you thumb. Massage for 2-3 minutes each time.
Note: pregnant women should not press these acupoints as it has labour inducing qualities.

Tian Shu Point (Celestial Pivot)
Effects: regulates the intestines, supports the spleen function to remove dampness, and regulates qi to aid digestion.
Location: center of the abdomen, two inches (3 finger-breadths) from the belly button.
Usage: before bed or when you have just awoken but still lying down, use both thumbs to massage acupoint in circles for 1-2 minutes. Massaging this acupoint helps to strengthen the spleen to remove dampness, relieves symptoms of stomach bloating and gurgling, vomiting, edema and constipation.

Zu San Li Point
Effects: strengthens spleen and stomach, relieves symptoms of stomach pain, diarrhea and constipation.
Location: on the anterior aspect of the lower leg, four-finger breadth below knee cap.
Usage: gently press on it and also rotate around in small circles with you thumb. Massage for 2-3 minutes each time.

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